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Launch Android SDK manager – Tools directory doesn't exist? Mac

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m on mac, I think I’ve done everything right so far. following these instructions:

it says to navigate to tools/ directory in terminal. Here are my steps.

  1. Open terminal

  2. cd Applications
    result is: No such file or directory

path to my tools directory is as follows

Applications->adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20130219  ->SDK -> tools

I tried putting my folder onto my desktop, both the tools folder, and my adt-bundle because I could change directory to my desktop, and when I enter ls to the terminal I see my tools folder, and my adt-bundle is there,

but the problem is when I try to enter

cd tools


cd adt-bundle(etc…)

it says that it is not a directory.

what do I do?

How to&Answers:

I recently encountered this issue, and figured I’d post on this for clarification or for anyone still encountering it.

It seems you have to be at the root of the /adt-bundle-mac-VERSION/sdkdirectory in order to execute the “android” command.
I normally cd into the directory until I reach the location of the command, but in this case I encountered the same issue as the original poster.

You must use the tab key to the android command…

locate your installation /adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20131030/sdk hit TAB key /tools hit TAB key /android

instead of cd adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20131030/ cd/sdk cd/tools android

If done properly the SDK manager should launch for you.

Hope this helps anybody out there.


Go to this directory:

cd /adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20131030/sdk/tools

and run:



You can launch the SDK Manager by using the GUI:

  • Launch Android Studio
  • Create a new blank project
  • In the toolbar, look for the icon with tooltip “SDK Manager”

SDK Manager button in toolbar


Use cd /users/user/...your path.../android-sdk/tools

and then :



A lot of answers have been given here that you should go to /{path-to-your-android-sdk}/tools
and run ./android.

For me, this did not work. When I opened the android file located at my /{path-to-your-android-sdk}/tools directory with a text editor, it contained the following:

echo The "android" command is no longer available.
echo For manual SDK and AVD management, please use Android Studio.
echo For command-line tools, use tools/bin/sdkmanager and tools/bin/avdmanager
exit 1

So the right approach now, is as stated by @Shijil in his comment.

In the directory for your android sdk, you should use:

For SDK Manager:

cd tools
cd bin

For AVD Manager:

cd tools
cd bin

NB For the last command in each of the options above, you will have to supply additional args depending on the operation you want to perform. An example arg that works for both is --list. Running the commands without any args will only display the possible args you could have passed.

Personally, I think using the GUI in android studio is easier. Especially for linux beginners.


Here is your “tools” directory for Android Studio in OS X El Captain(Yosemite also has the same path hopefully):


In the terminal, just type: Library/Android/sdk/tools
and hit enter. And you are in the tools folder.

Please note that user-name refers to the mac user


Better open terminal and type which android.

It will tell you the path where you have the package installed.

Then yeah, you just have to execute that path on the terminal.

Your android package might have been installed with Homebrew or others, so the path can be different.

Edit: typo


For me the directory was cd /Users/your_user_name/Library/Android/sdk/tools/
and after that the command was ./android list targets
I hope this can help