• I'm on Windows 10.
  • Android studio version 2.3.3

How can I launch the AVD Manager with-out opening the Android Studio and creating a project ?

I remember it was possible for earlier version of Android Studio. I found the avdmanager.bat file in Android\Sdk\tools\bin but running it won't launch the avdmanger UI that we get from the Android Studio.

Anyone here faced the same issue and found a way to launch AVD manager from command line ?

  • This Q/A might be relevant to the OP or anyone else looking for how to open the AVD Manager graphical user interface without having to create or open a project in Android Studio.
    – Magnus
    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:10

1 Answer 1


There is no way to launch AVD manager from cmdline (It is deprecated)

There is no way to launch AVD from cmd line. But you can use avdmanager cmdline tool to create, delete, move, list & edit your AVD.

The avdmanager tool is provided in the "Android SDK Coommand-line Tools" package and is located in android-sdk\cmdline-tools\latest\bin\avdmanager.bat

To read more about cmdline avdmanager read this

To launch emulator from cmdline

Add the path first


Your path may be different update accordingly

An then run the cmd

emulator -avd "avd_name"

Reference Android developers launch avd from cmd line

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    You may also wish to mention that the user can add the directory path variable, or perfoming this command in \sdk\tools folder Sep 9, 2017 at 13:29
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    @Rajendran Thanks for the answer. But this is not what I'm looking for I want to launch the AVD manager UI not the emulator.
    – nkg
    Sep 10, 2017 at 9:18
  • The thing that you are asking is impossible now bcuz those cmds are depricated and removed in latest version. Sep 10, 2017 at 15:14
  • For folks arguing that the answer doesn't answer "how to launch avd manager gui using cmd", Rajendran has argued that it is "not possible" and provided an alternative to solution sought. If you folks disagree, then please provide an alternative as a proper answer which mentions the steps that would launch "avd manager ui using cmd" and that too "without launching Android studio at all".
    – Firelord
    Feb 29, 2020 at 16:09

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