Setting Up Android Development Environment on 64-bit Ubuntu

Setting Up Android Development Environment on 64-bit Ubuntu

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help


Installing the Android development environment on a 64-bit Ubuntu system can sometimes lead to compatibility issues, particularly when it comes to running 32-bit executables such as aapt and adb. This guide will walk you through the necessary steps to resolve these issues and get your development environment up and running smoothly.

Resolving 32-bit Compatibility on 64-bit Ubuntu

To address the issue where 32-bit executables are not functioning correctly on a 64-bit Ubuntu system, you’ll need to install several packages that enable 32-bit compatibility.

Installing Required Libraries

Open a terminal and execute the following commands to install the necessary libraries:

sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libstdc++6:i386 zlib1g:i386

These libraries are crucial for running 32-bit applications on a 64-bit version of Ubuntu. The libc6:i386, libstdc++6:i386, and zlib1g:i386 packages are generally required to ensure that 32-bit versions of aapt and adb can operate correctly.

Additional Steps for Specific Ubuntu Versions

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

If you’re using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, you might need to install additional packages. Execute the following commands to do so:

sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libstdc++6:i386
sudo apt-get install zlib1g:i386

This ensures compatibility with build tools version 21/22 and addresses errors related to the execution of tasks during the build process.

Verifying Permissions

Sometimes, the issue may be related to file permissions, especially if the SDK files were copied from a different file system or machine. To resolve this, ensure that all files within the Android SDK directory have the correct executable permissions:

sudo chmod -R +x /path/to/android-sdk-linux

Replace /path/to/android-sdk-linux with the actual path to your Android SDK installation. After setting the correct permissions, restart your IDE to confirm the changes.

Integrating Automated Testing with Repeato

Once you have your Android development environment properly configured, you might want to explore automated testing options to streamline your workflow. Repeato is a no-code test automation tool that can significantly enhance your testing process for iOS and Android applications.

Repeato utilizes computer vision and AI to create, run, and maintain automated tests efficiently. With its built-in ADB capabilities, Repeato allows you to execute ADB commands through script steps, ensuring that your tests are precise and can be timed in sequence with your app’s behavior.

To learn more about how Repeato can complement your development and testing efforts, check out our documentation or contact us for more information.

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