Android studio downloads x86 images from google and emulate them so I can test my apps. I tried downloading and unzipping the thing it downloads but it doesn't look like an image that can be run with virt-manager.

Which images are downloaded by Android Studio and how can I emulate them in Ubuntu?

  • Your question is not clear enough. Are simply looking for a way to Android virtual device via Android studio on linux ? You want to know the files downloaded by Android studio needed to run the official images? Jan 11, 2018 at 19:42
  • @xavier_fakerat I want to emulate the images that android studiio downloads. I've managed to download the zip files, but they contain more than a simple ISO image, I don't know how to run Jan 11, 2018 at 21:02
  • androidx86? Isnt that a desktop OS? Just run it in a VirtualBox, You'll have to google its setup i cannot remember off the top of my head.
    – Dan Brown
    Jan 15, 2018 at 16:45
  • @DanBrown but I need the official android images Jan 15, 2018 at 20:05

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If I understand correctly what you want achieve, this has been documented pretty well on SE sister sites:

Firstly assuming you have successfully installed Android studio, it needs the following files to successfully run an AVD:

  • sdk tools
  • build tools
  • platform tools
  • system-images
  • sources etc

(You may download these separately as zipped files, but make sure to extract in the correct directory)

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In case you haven't got Android studio (or standalone sdk manager) up and running, you may need to get started by following these posts on sister sites:

  1. Stackoverflow: How to install Android SDK on Ubuntu?

  2. AskUbuntu: Complete Installation Guide for Android SDK / ADT Bundle on Ubuntu

    • Unlike on Windows, you can simply access avd manager using command-line i.e open terminal ( CTRL + ALT + T) and type android avd to open the Android Virtual Device Manager.

    • Configure your virtual device to suit your needs, click start and from here you can launch your AVD

  • My idea was to run it independently of Android Studio and maybe from SDK. If it's a x86 image, then why I can't simply run on KVM? Is there a way? Jan 12, 2018 at 21:31

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