Google has officially stopped supporting Eclipse and full concentration given to Android Studio which runs on IntelliJ. It is better for developers to shift to Android Studio, if the future for development is considered. However, lots of developers do not like the atmosphere around Android Studio, especially those who are not from coding background and learned Eclipse with ADT just to develop apps for Android.
Migration to Android Studio from Eclipse is not touch. But the environment is quite clumsy. In Eclipse one can work on several projects under same workspace which is located in a folder. However, being Android Studio based on IntelliJ, one has to open separate window for each project. Also, while installation, it creates several folders unlike Eclipse. The bundled ADT which came with Eclipse, could be located anywhere in the system. Android studio comes as executable file.
If anyone still likes Eclipse with ADT, may be for sometime they can continue with it. The most recent ADT rolled out in March 2015 with version number 23.0.6. With the latest SDK version, one can work for Lollipop without trouble.
There are two ways developers can make it possible.
Download the latest Eclipse version. Download JDK (minimum JDK6). Download SDK tools. Install them. Then open Eclipse. In Eclipse, go to Help>Install New Software>chose url for the box tells ‘work with’-https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse. The box below with open ‘Developer Tools’. Select it and click next to install it. After installing restart Eclipse.
Download latest ADT release from links below depending upon the system to work.
- linux 64 bit vm: http://dl.google.com/android/adt/adt-bundle-linux-x86_64-20140702.zip
- linux 32 bit vm: http://dl.google.com/android/adt/adt-bundle-linux-x86-20140702.zip
- mac: http://dl.google.com/android/adt/adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20140702.zip
- win32: http://dl.google.com/android/adt/adt-bundle-windows-x86-20140702.zip
- win64: http://dl.google.com/android/adt/adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20140702.zip
Unzip and install somewhere in the system. The bundled ADT contains Eclipse Juno. The rest is like medthod 1.
The difference between the two method is in method one you get only Eclipse. In method two you get the combined tool set, just you have to update all of them as it was released on 2nd of July 2014. It was before release of Lollipop.
The latest ADT 23.0.6 can be downloaded manually too and thereafter update Eclipse. The link is:
For future updates you can follow link:
The manual update method:
- Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software.
- Click Add, in the top-right corner.
- In the Add Repository dialog, click Archive.
- Select the downloaded ADT-23.0.6.zip file and click OK.
- Enter “ADT Plugin” for the name and click OK.
- In the Available Software dialog, select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click Next.
- In the next window, you’ll see a list of the tools to be downloaded. Click Next.
- Read and accept the license agreements, then click Finish.
Hope, someone get benefited with this article who hates Android Studio (at least for now!). It is recommended to shift to Android Studio. You like or dislike, Android Studio is now Google’s new ‘Official’ tool to develop Android Apps.