Android SDK install without Android Studio (LC 9.6.5 App Bundles)

panagiotis m merakosp at
Fri Oct 15 04:19:04 EDT 2021

Hello all,

Update: I did not realise that Ralph was talking about the "new" thing
(released on Feb 2020) that is the "command line tools". I thought he was
suggesting to use the "old" sdk tools, but instead of using the SDK Manager
GUI, which is now broken, to use the "sdkmanager" command line tool that is
located in "sdk_tools/bin/sdkmanager".

So, the part of my previous response that says that this approach is quite
possible it will break in the future, does not apply to what Ralph was
actually referring to, i.e the "command line tools":

>>>>>1) Download the "Command line tools only" from

So, we can update the lesson to offer the simpler option as outlined by

Kind regards,

On Fri, 15 Oct 2021 at 10:58, panagiotis m <merakosp at> wrote:

> Hello all,
> What Ralph suggests does work, and this is what we have advised a
> couple of users to try, after they contacted us.
> However, the problem with this approach is that it is quite possible it
> will break in the future. Moreover, using the Terminal/cmd can be quite
> advanced for several users.
> Taking these into account, as well as the fact that Google pushes people
> to use Android Studio, we decided to choose Android Studio as the suggested
> approach, since it is way more futureproof.
> PS: Using Android Studio will also probably eliminate the need to download
> a separate jdk from Oracle. The reason we have not yet implemented
> Bernard's suggestion so far - i.e. to tweak the IDE to use the jre/openjdk
> that is bundled with Android Studio - is that it requires some work to make
> it work seamlessly on all 3 platforms (Mac/Win/Linux), and usually we have
> more "pressing" issues to resolve.
> Moreover, Bernard's comments and instruction in the forums and elsewhere
> are very clear and easy to follow. But we do have this in our (long) TODO
> list.
> Kind regards,
> Panos
> --
> On Fri, 15 Oct 2021 at 10:31, Bernard Devlin via use-livecode <
> use-livecode at> wrote:
>> One has to wonder why, if that is so simple, LC Ltd recommend that people
>> install the full Android Studio.  That is the only advice they provide on
>> setting things up for Android development.
>> You only have to look at the Lesson to see the problems people have with
>> the existing procedure.  There are 86 comments on that Lesson. I've spent
>> days on the Forum helping people out with Android Studio/LC config
>> problems.
>> Regards, Bernard
>> >
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