Setting up Andriod development environment with Netbeans 7.x in Windows

Friday September 16, 2011 ()

Andriod only provides development tools (ADT) plugin for Eclipse. Folks at Project Kenai however have developed a similar plugin for Netbeans. This blog will show you how to install and enable ADT in Netbeans 7.x, in Windows. This guide should also work for the Linux version of Netbeans.

Open your Netbeans and from the menu bar at the top of main window, get into Tools/Plugin. From the plugins window select Settings tab. Locate the add button near the bottom-right corner. Click on it.

Plugins window.  Click on image to enlage

You will get the dialog box shown below. This window lets you create a new custom update center.

New custom plugins update center.  Click on image to enlage

Name your new update center with any name you desire say "Andriod". Enter the URL to Andriod plugin center shown below to the URL box. Hit OK to save, do initial update. As of blog time version 1.9 of the plugin is available. Close the dialog box. This gets us back to the plugins window.

If using Netbeans 7.2 and newer, use the following:

Now click on the Available Plugins tab and enter "Andriod" in the search box in the upper right hand corner. Check/Select Andriod and Andriod test runner for Netbeans 7 in the list box in the left side of the window. Hit install located at the bottom left. See screen capture below.

List of available plugins.  Click on image to enlage

Follow the screen prompts. Close window when done. This takes up back to the main window.

From the menu bar, go to Tools and select Andriod SDK/AVD Manager to manage the Andriod SDK.

If the SDK cannot be located, you will get the window as shown below. Set your SDK location in this window. Browse to the location of your SDK or enter location manually.

Set Andriod SDK location.  Click on image to enlarge

If you don't have the Andriod SDK yet, download them at

If your SDK has been located, you will get the window like what is shown below.

Do some updates if you like.

Manage your Andiod SDK

Thats it, your environment is setup. Create your new mobile projects selecting "Andriod" as project type and selecting your target device.


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