Vaikesh Vaikesh - 3 months ago 48x
Android Question

Build unsuccessful : Error with Android project in Xamarin.Forms

I just create a small Xamarin.Forms sample application. When i build my Android project i get some errors.
I just googled errors and find some solutions. But nothing works fine.
Last day i had reinstalled Visual Studio 2015 and Xamarin Studio.
So probably xamarin will be updated in all.

Here I just list my errors and suggested solutions.

Error 1 :

Unzipping failed. Please download and extract it to the ...~\Local\Xamarin\Android.Support.v4\21.0.3\content directory.

Suggested solution :
The file is downloaded successfully and replaced as per the error message.

Error 2 :
_Please install package: 'Android Support Library' available in SDK installer. Java library file ...~\Local\Xamarin\Android.Support.v4\21.0.3\embedded\classes.jar doesn't exist.
Please install package: 'Android Support Library' available in SDK installer. Java library file ...~\Local\Xamarin\Android.Support.v4\21.0.3\embedded\libs/internal_impl-21.0.3.jar doesn't exist._

Suggested solution :
Android Support Library is deleted and reinstalled.

Error 3 :
Reason: ...~\Local\Xamarin\zips\ is not a valid zip file.

Suggested solution :
I didn't find any solutions for this error.

These solutions are still useless. and not working in my case.

I'm using :

  • Xamarin (f860fe4)

  • Xamarin.Android (3efa14c)

  • Xamarin.iOS (3c0ec35)

Here is the detailed report :

=== Xamarin Studio ===

Version 5.10 (build 871)
Installation UUID: c5309e12-1ab1-494c-9296-033a0a5c3f24
Microsoft .NET 4.0.30319.42000
GTK+ 2.24.23 (MS-Windows theme)
GTK# 2.12.30

=== Xamarin.Android ===

Version: 6.0.0
Android SDK: D:\Android\android-sdk
Supported Android versions:
2.3 (API level 10)
4.0.3 (API level 15)
4.1 (API level 16)
4.2 (API level 17)
4.3 (API level 18)
4.4 (API level 19)
4.4.87 (API level 20)
5.0 (API level 21)
5.1 (API level 22)
6.0 (API level 23)

SDK Tools Version: 24.4

SDK Platform Tools Version: 23.0.1

SDK Build Tools Version: 23.0.1

Java SDK: C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.7.0_55
java version "1.7.0_55"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_55-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 24.55-b03, mixed mode, sharing)

=== Xamarin Android Player ===

Version: 0.6.5
Location: C:\Program Files\Xamarin Android Player\DeviceManager.exe

=== Build Information ===

Release ID: 510000871
Git revision: 4e9c5abb5ffdae12ba02ac49da83f8b2011dbb88
Build date: 2015-11-12 07:16:34-05
Xamarin addins: 55007ed0e56436f385d8e26394a45be563abc7e8
Build lane: monodevelop-windows-cycle6

=== Operating System ===

Windows 6.3.9600.0 (64-bit)

Any ideas or suggestions to come out of this errors ?


EDIT: This information is now included in our documentation:

Xamarin.Android Support Library NuGet m2repository fixes

1. Investigation

You may run into issues with downloading the m2repository when referencing a NuGet package of the Android Support Libraries / Google Play Services.

Example error:

Download failed. Please download and put it to the C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Xamarin\{SUPPORT LIBRARY NAME}\{VERSION NUMBER} directory."

Mac Directory: /Users/[Username]/.local/share/Xamarin/

Windows Directory: C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Xamarin\

2. Folder Contents

This example will be using Windows paths. This can be applied to either OS.

  • Given the following: C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Xamarin\

  • A folder for each of the respective Android Support Libraries / Google Play Services will be shown.

  • Each library should have a collection of versions:

Note: In this example I'm showing all of the versions of Android.Support.v4

  • We will then investigate the respective version we're interested in. We should see two folders inside, content and embedded:

  1. content - Contains the m2repository
  2. embedded - Contains the respective .aar contents

3. Automatic Fix

  • Delete the versioned library folder that is giving you errors:

Mac Directory: /Users/[Username]/.local/share/Xamarin/{SUPPORT LIBRARY NAME}/{VERSION NUMBER}

Windows Directory: C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Xamarin\{SUPPORT LIBRARY NAME}\{VERSION NUMBER}

  • Rebuild your project (Which will kickoff a Build Task to re-download the library).

4. Manual Fix

There are two steps to manually fixing this error.

  1. Adding the m2repository folder to the /content folder.
  2. Adding the respective Android Support Library / Google Play Services .aar contents to the /embedded folder.
1. Adding the m2repository to the /content folder

Download the respective m2repository from google.

Note: This version number will vary based on your error message.

  • Extract that .zip to any directory. There should now be a android_m2repository_r25 folder.
  • Inside the android_m2repository_r25 folder, we have a m2repository folder.
  • Place the m2repository into the {VERSION NUMBER}/content folder

2. Adding the .aar contents to the /embedded folder
  • Inside the m2repository folder, there is an .aar for the support library to be resolved. It can be found in the com\android\support directory:



  • There should be a support-v4\{VERSION NUMBER} which will contain the .aar file.
  • Extract the .aar and put the contents into the embedded folder.


  • m2repository\com\android\support\support-v4\23.1.1\support-v4-23.1.1 will contain items such as a aapt, aidl, assets, libs, res, AndroidManifest.xml,, and classes.jar.
  • Place all of the contents into the {VERSION NUMBER}/embedded folder.

5. New Manual Fix

  • Get the URL of the missing m2repository download
  • Use a MD5 hash on the download URL
  • Rename the file to {MD5HASH}.zip (Where MD5HASH is the hashed download URL)
  • Place the new hashed .zip file in your Xamarin\zips directory