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SDK location not found. Define location with sdk.dir in the local.properties file or with an ANDROID_HOME environment variable

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I recently tried to import sample Android games I downloaded from Google’s developer website. After importing them into Android Studio, I’m getting the following error:

Error: SDK location not found. Define location with sdk.dir in the local.properties file or with an ANDROID_HOME environment variable.

What is this? I want to run the sample programs from Android Studio.


The project might be missing a settings.gradle file. Make sure that file exists from the project you are importing. If not add the settings.gradle file with the following :

include ':app'

Save the file and put it at the top level folder in your project.


I know this answer is late, but I hope it helps others.

The answer is simple. You have to just copy your local.properties file to the folder where project is stored and it will work like charm. But remember, it must be placed in the root folder where the project is stored.


Check out in your local.properties file


properly write this formate, and also check / slas using for path


Please follow bellow points it work’s for me:

  1. Go to your Project -> Android
  2. Create a file local.properties
  3. Open the file
  4. paste your Android SDK path like below :

    sdk.dir = C:/Users/USERNAME/AppData/Local/Android/sdk

Replace USERNAME with your user name


If you are trying to run Google android sample code, try to import the entire repository instead of an individual sample.

Here is the relevant section from instructions.html, included with the Google Calendar API sample code

  • Import calendar-android-sample project
    • Select “Import Project…” or File > Import Project…
    • Select [someDirectory]/google-api-java-client-samples/build.gradle and
      click OK.

      • Note: it will not work if you try to import [someDirectory]/google-api-java-client-samples/calendar-android-sample/build.gradle
    • Select “Use local gradle distribution” with “Gradle home” of [someDirectory]/gradle-2.2.1 and click OK.

Here is a work around for the problem when you click “Run App” (green arrow) and get the **Error:

Please select Android SDK** in the Edit Configuration dialog.


  1. File /Settings/Appearance and Behavior/System Settings/Android SDK
  2. Look at the top for Android SDK Location: path to your SDK Edit
  3. Click the Edit button
  4. Hit Next, Next, Finish to accept the defaults

This seems to save away the SDK location – even though nothing has changed – into some internal location. I inspected the .idea and .gradle folders but didn’t see what Studio did to change a config file – but now I can run the app.

And to summarize the previous fixes – these are normally OK for a repo without build problems:

  • local.properties file is copied into the root folder by Studio

  • the path in the local.properties file has the correct path to the android SDK – in my case it is sdk.dir=C:\\android\\sdk
    (note that this path has a different format – Studio should write this file for you based on the Text Entry field in the Android SDK Settings dialog)

  • settings.gradle file is present in the repo – and references the application folder (typically :app)


In Linux:

If you have already downloaded the android SDK but its not being found.

The problem might be that the file local.properties needs to be inside the same directory as gradle stuff for gradle to find it when building and running adb.

For my react-native project using gradle I needed to put the local.properties file to Myprojectname/android/ folder.

As I had unzipped the SDK to Downloads so I just use that path in the file with a row like this:



Just Remove .idea folder and import the project again. It’s worked for me.


There is not a single reason for this error.

  1. settings.gradle may be missing or the content in it may be wrong.
  2. local.properties may be missing or the sdk path may be wrongly written.

Found working solution for me. Without adding local.properties and set up ANDROID_HOME variable. Seems like a bug in Android Studio and Intellij IDEA.
You just need to ask IDE to “reset” path to Android SDK.
'SDK Location not found' in Android Studio despite having the environment variable set correctly


1. In Module settings, whether, SDK location is proper.
2. If Yes, check for local.properties file (Not the one placed inside app module, but the one placed outside the app module, at parent level). If not present add it with below lines inside it.



I resolved this issue by creating ANDROID_HOME environment variable as follows in windows.


Restart Android Studio it should build project!


create a local.properties file in your root directory of your project with the following content

## This file is automatically generated by Android Studio.
# Do not modify this file -- YOUR CHANGES WILL BE ERASED!
# This file must *NOT* be checked into Version Control Systems,
# as it contains information specific to your local configuration.
# Location of the SDK. This is only used by Gradle.
# For customization when using a Version Control System, please read the
# header note.
#Tue Oct 24 17:40:53 CEST 2017



You should download The Android SDK.

Use this link to download it.

Then you should define its location to Android Studio. Follow the steps:

  1. File->project Structure into Project Structure
  2. Left > SDK Location
  3. SDK location select Android SDK location (old version use Press +, add another sdk)

Good luck.

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