Steven Zahuranec Steven Zahuranec - 2 months ago 14
Android Question

How do I resolve a "'generateDebugSources' not found in project" error?

I was trying to add a dependency to my application and I accidentally modified the wrong build.gradle file and now my application no longer builds correctly.

This is my error:

Error:FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Task 'generateDebugSources' not found in project ':app'.

* Try:
Run gradle tasks to get a list of available tasks. Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output.

I was trying to implement the code that exists here, but I ended up breaking things in Android Studio because I am new to the gradle system.

The files I edited were .idea/gradle.xml and build.gradle, which I am including below:


// Top-level build file where you can add configuration options common to all sub-projects/modules.

buildscript {
repositories {
dependencies {
classpath ''

// NOTE: Do not place your application dependencies here; they belong
// in the individual module build.gradle files

allprojects {
repositories {


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project version="4">
<component name="GradleSettings">
<option name="linkedExternalProjectsSettings">
<option name="distributionType" value="DEFAULT_WRAPPED" />
<option name="externalProjectPath" value="$PROJECT_DIR$" />
<option name="modules">
<option value="$PROJECT_DIR$" />
<option value="$PROJECT_DIR$/app" />

I was trying to get as close as the default files are, but ended up making the problem worse and I cannot build my project anymore.

Also, I am using Android Studio 1.1.0, which is shown to be the latest update.

Thanks in advance, and if I need to provide more information, just let me know.


I fixed my issue; I discovered that new projects didn't have the issue with the gradle, so I made a new project and transferred all my src code files and it works fine again.