How to Install Android Studio on Ubuntu

A green circle encompasses a pair of white drafting compasses, forming the logo of Android Studio, set against a dark gray background.

If you’re an Ubuntu user developing an Android app, or an open source enthusiast looking to tinker with the OS without bricking your device, the official Android Studio IDE (integrated development environment) from Google is a piece of software you need to install. This guide will walk you through the installation process of Android Studio on Ubuntu

Install Java 8 on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10

No matter which method you choose, you first need to install Java. It’s recommended to install Oracle Java, because it has a performance edge over OpenJDK. Run the following commands in terminal to install it from PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install java-common oracle-java8-installer

During the installation process you will need to accept the Oracle License agreement. Once installed we need to set Java environment variables such as JAVA_HOME on Ubuntu 16.04/17.10.

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default
source /etc/profile

The above two commands will set the correct Java environment variables.

Installing Android Studio in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.10 via PPA

At the time of this writting, the latest stable version is Android Studio 2.3.1, release on April 2, 2017. Run the following commands to add Android Studio PPA and install it.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-fonville/android-studio
sudo apt update
sudo apt install android-studio
android studio ppa

During the installation, the latest Android Studio zip file will be downloaded from Google server. Once the installation is finished, you can open Android Studio from Unity Dash or your preferred app launcher.

android studio ubuntu

If the icon didn’t load, then please log out and log back in or use the following command to start Android Studio.


Select whether you want to import previous Android Studio settings or not, then click OK.

ubuntu android studio

If you encounter the error “unable to access Android SDK add-on list”, then you will need to set up a proxy.

Then follow the setup wizard. You will prompted to install Android SDK Tools, Android platform tools, Android support library, etc.

android studio ubuntu 16.04

Installing Android Studio in Ubuntu 16.04/17.10 Using Ubuntu Make

You can easily install the latest version of Android Studio via Ubuntu make, which is a command line tool that allows you to download the latest version of popular developer tools.

Install Ubuntu make from PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-make sudo apt update apt install ubuntu-make

Then install Android Studio using Ubuntu make.

umake android –accept-license

umake will download and install all required component like latest android SDK, Android platform tools, etc. It will also create a desktop icon.

That’s it! 

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