Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Adding extra packages to Android SDK

Recently I wanted to download some additional packages to my existing Android SDK.

The simplest way to go about anything is seemingly the UI way.

So I went ahead and launched my Android SDK from the Start Menu.,and as expected it displayed the sdk contents.But to my absolute amazement ,even thought the updates options was checked the Packages View would not show me any updates to the folders.
All it would show me was that updates were available for "Android SDK Tools" and "Android SDK Platform-tools".

Since I had no use for an update I happily ignored those two and focussed on the Extras folder which is where the said packages were supposed to reside.
No matter how many restarts I made to the SDK Manager (including launching it from eclipse,starting it from Start menu with administrator permissions)

Finally I decided to do the minimal and updated the suggested updates to  "Android SDK Tools" and "Android SDK Platform-tools" and restarted the SDK  Manager

And to my utter surprise .....

The Packages View goes ahead and shows all that is available for download in all the expected folders: Tools,Various Android Versions and the Extras.
now it was easy to download whatever I required .

Moral of the Story : Need an extra package? update exisiting packages and restart SDK Manager (run as administrator)

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