I would like to use the Android Emulator to work on some APKs. In order to start the Android Emulator, based on the instructions here: https://developer.android.com/studio/run/managing-avds.html

So, I need to start the AVD Manager from Android Studio, then create a device and start the emulator.

Now, the issue is, when I open Android Studio, it asks me to create a new Project or open an existing one before continuing. This takes a long time. Isn't there a way to just start the AVD Manager without opening the Android Studio GUI?

Probably, there is a way to start AVD Manager from command line?



2 Answers 2


You can navigate to the directory where you have installed SDK and launch "AVD Manager.exe"

  • 2
    Any clue how to launch AVD manager on Mac? (without using android studio)
    – tmh
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 6:25
  • I would like to know as well. Commented Oct 6, 2018 at 2:18

In Ubuntu 19.10!

With the environment variables already configured ($ANDROID_HOME), you should be able to list the AVDs, but if you are unable to start the AVD, do the following:

# Check the AVD target name

emulator -list-avds

# But to start do:

$ANDROID_HOME/emulator/emulator @avd_name


/home/$USER/Android/Sdk/emulator/emulator @avd_name

  • can confirm this works. Launches faster than expected also
    – lasec0203
    Commented May 2, 2022 at 4:57
  • I currently use a shortcut with this same path on Ubuntu 20.04.4. It works! Commented May 9, 2022 at 10:11
  • My shortcut at Settings >> Keyboard Shortcuts: sh -c "$ANDROID_HOME/emulator/emulator @Pixel_2_API_24" Commented May 9, 2022 at 10:17

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