Trying to install droid explorer on a Win7 laptop.

To get Droid Explorer installed and working, do I need to: 1. Install older version of Android SDK? 2. Wait for Droid Explorer to catch up? 3. Do something tricky and undocumented?

Thanks in advance to all who answer. Bill

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Disclaimer: I am the lead developer of Droid Explorer.

I do not use the Android Studio SDK, nor do I have it installed. But what I can tell you is the following:

To be considered a valid android SDK for Droid Explorer to use, it has to meet the following criteria:

  • adb.exe must exist in the /sdk-path/platform-tools directory
    • It can also exist in /sdk-path/tools directory, as this is where it originally was located.
  • in /sdk-path/platforms there must be at least 1 platform. It will be named something like android-23.
  • Droid Explorer installer will check HKLM\SOFTWARE\Android SDK Tools\. If it finds a value there, it will set that as the initial directory of the SDK. It will still verify the tools in the directory.
  • Droid Explorer will also check that aapt.exe exists in the /sdk-path/build-tools directory.

If Android Studio SDK does not meet these requirements, then it will not validate the SDK as valid. These checks are made because Droid Explorer uses these tools, and even others in these directories.

The best way to get Droid Explorer to work is to install the SDK using the official SDK installer. You can set up Android Studio to use that path for the SDK.

  • Thank you, Ryan. So in short, the answer at this time is to separately install an older version of the Android SDK, and point DroidExplorer to that. Since as of Marshmallow the Android Studio is claiming that the older layout of the SDK is no longer the 'official' (whatever they mean by that) development platform, are there any plans to update DroidExplorer for the new SDK installation? Aug 31, 2015 at 3:19
  • Why would you have to install an older version of the SDK? What I am saying is currently, Droid Explorer does not support the SDK that is installed with Android Studio, the only officially supported SDK is the Standalone install of the SDK. If you have an issue with 2 versions of the SDK, then you can have Android Studio use the SDK that is installed by the standalone installer. Aug 31, 2015 at 3:22
  • Ahhh, So I was not aware that the layout changed in SDK for 5. I will look in to what has changed and will make changes to support that. So, since that is the case, yes, currently, the latest SDK is not supported. Aug 31, 2015 at 3:23
  • Thanks again for the clarification, Ryan. My confusion is due to the statements made when downloading the Android SDK via developer.android.com/sdk/index.html, which is where the claim is made "If you have been using Eclipse with ADT, be aware that Android Studio is now the official IDE for Android, so you should migrate to Android Studio to receive all the latest IDE updates.". I now notice it says nothing about the SDK. Thanks again for your answers. Aug 31, 2015 at 3:25
  • ok, great. And I will look in to installing the Android Studio and see what is different about the SDK and see if I can add support for that in the future as well. Aug 31, 2015 at 3:26

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