Yochai Timmer Yochai Timmer - 2 months ago 6x
Android Question

How do I set up IntelliJ IDEA for Android applications?

How do I set up IntelliJ IDEA for Android applications?


I've spent a day on trying to put all the pieces together, been in hundreds of sites and tutorials, but they all skip trivial steps.

So here's the full guide:

  1. Download and install Java JDK (Choose the Java platform)
  2. Download and install Android SDK (Installer is recommended)
  3. After android SD finishes installing, open SDK Manager under Android SDK Tools (sometimes needs to be opened under admin's privileges)
  4. Choose everything and mark Accept All and install.
  5. Download and install IntelliJ IDEA (The community edition is free)
  6. Wait for all downloads and installations and stuff to finish.

New Project:

  1. Run IntelliJ
  2. Create a new project (there's a tutorial here)
  3. Enter the name, choose Android type.
  4. There's a step missing in the tutorial, when you are asked to choose the JDK (before choosing the SDK) you need to choose the Java JDK you've installed earlier. Should be under C:\Program Files\Java\jdk{version}
  5. Choose a New platform ( if there's not one selected ) , the SDK platform is the android platform at C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk-windows.
  6. Choose the android version.
  7. Now you can write your program.


  1. Near the Run button you need to select the drop-down-list, choose Edit Configurations
  2. In the Prefer Android Virtual device select the ... button
  3. Click on create, give it a name, press OK.
  4. Double click the new device to choose it.
  5. Press OK.
  6. You're ready to run the program.