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Install Android SDK on headless Ubuntu linux machine via command line, so that you can compile open source Android apps.
# Thanks to
# Execute this script in your home directory. Lines 17 and 21 will prompt you for a y/n
# Install Oracle JDK 8
add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
apt-get update
apt-get install -y oracle-java8-installer
apt-get install -y unzip make # NDK stuff
# Get SDK tools (link from
tar xf android-sdk*-linux.tgz
# Get NDK (
uznip android-ndk*.zip
# Let it update itself and install some stuff
cd android-sdk-linux/tools
./android update sdk --no-ui
# Download every build-tools version that has ever existed
# This will save you time! Thank me later for this
./android update sdk --all --no-ui --filter $(seq -s, 27)
# If you need additional packages for your app, check available packages with:
# ./android list sdk --all
# install certain packages with:
# ./android update sdk --no-ui --all --filter 1,2,3,<...>,N
# where N is the number of the package in the list (see previous command)
# Add the directory containing executables in PATH so that they can be found
echo 'export ANDROID_HOME=$HOME/android-sdk-linux' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/tools:$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools' >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc
# Make sure you can execute 32 bit executables if this is 64 bit machine, otherwise skip this
dpkg --add-architecture i386
apt-get update
apt-get install -y libc6:i386 libstdc++6:i386 zlib1g:i386
# Add some swap space, useful if you've got less than 2G of RAM
fallocate -l 2G /swapfile
chmod 600 /swapfile
mkswap /swapfile
swapon /swapfile
# Optionally run build system as daemon (speeds up build process)
mkdir ~/.gradle
echo 'org.gradle.daemon=true' >> ~/.gradle/
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