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Titanium requires the Android SDK Tools to be installed in order to allow you to develop Android applications.

Note

Remember that Oracle JDK is a prerequisite for Android development and should be installed first. Note that OS X systems need to have the Java 6 runtime installed. See Installing Oracle JDK for instructions.

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The Android SDK Manager installer may be obtained from the Official Website.

Required Android Packages

The following packages, and the respective versions shown, must be installed to be able to develop for Android:

Package

Version

Android SDK Tools

Rev 23

Android SDK Platform-tools/Build-tools

Rev 21 (Rev 19.0.3 and later requires Titanium SDK 3.2.2 or later.)

Android SDK

You need to have at least one Android SDK installed within the supported minimum and maximum target versions.

For Android modules, you need to install Android SDK 5.0.x (API 21) if using Release 4.0.0 and later, or Android SDK 2.3.x (API level 10) if using a Release prior to 4.0.0.

See section below for the range of supported SDKs.

Note

If you are using Titanium SDK 3.1.0 and earlier, Android SDK Tools r22 may break your Android builds as described in TIMOB-13944. To workaround this issue, either:

  • Create symlinks between the old and new locations of the test tools:

    Code Block
    cd /Applications/Android-sdk/platform-tools
    ln -s /Applications/Android-sdk/build-tools/17.0.0/aapt aapt
    ln -s /Applications/Android-sdk/build-tools/17.0.0/dx dx
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Take caution before upgrading these packages, as changes to the way they work has broken the Titanium toolchain a number of times in the past. Although these problems are often beyond our control, we always do our utmost to fix them as soon as we are made aware of them.

With this in mind, it's important to only upgrade these packages between major projects, so that you have time to fix any problems that may result. Always consult the Android Tools Release Notes and Known Issues first, and refer to our Installation Troubleshooting guide to check whether there are any further actions that need to be taken to make the Titanium and the Android SDK compatible.

Android SDK / Target Android Platform

Each Titanium SDK supports building against a specific range of Android versions, as shown in the following table, and requires at least one of these versions to be installed. If you specify a android:targetSDKVersion in the tiapp.xml file of your project, you must specify one within the target min and max values. The minimum Android/SDK version column indicates the minimum version of Android that a device can run, which a Titanium application supports.

Titanium SDK Version

Min Target Android/SDK Version
(android:targetSdkVersion)

Max Target Android/SDK Version
(android:targetSdkVersion) 

Minimum Android/SDK Version
(android:minSdkVersion) 
5.1.0 - latest6.0.x (API 23)67.01.x (API 2325)4.0.x (API 14)
5.0.0 - 5.0.x5.0.x (API 21)6.0.x (API 23)4.0.x (API 14)
4.0.0 - 4.1.x5.0.x (API 21)5.1.x (API 22)4.0.x (API 14)
3.4.1 - 3.5.14.0.x (API 14)*5.0.x (API 21)**2.3.x (API 10)
3.3.0 - 3.4.04.0.x (API 14)*4.4.x (API 19)2.3.x (API 10)
3.2.0 - 3.2.32.3.x (API 10)*4.4.x (API 19)2.3.x (API 10)
3.1.2 - 3.1.32.3.x (API 10)4.3.x (API 18)2.3.x (API 10)
3.1.12.3.x (API 10)4.2.x (API 17)2.3.x (API 10)
3.1.02.2 (API 8)4.2.x (API 17)2.2 (API 8)

2.1.2 - 3.0.2

2.2 (API 8)

4.1.x (API 16)

2.2 (API 8)

2.0 - 2.1.1

2.2 (API 8)

4.0.x (API 15)

2.2 (API 8)

1.8.x

2.2 (API 8)

3.x.x (API 11)

2.2 (API 8)

1.7.x

2.1 (API 7)

3.x.x (API 11)

2.1 (API 7)
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(*) If you are building an Android module, you need to have Android SDK 5.0.x (API 21) installed if using Release 4.0.0 and greater. Prior to Release 4.0.0, you need to have Android SDK 2.3.x (API 10) installed.

(**) The Titanium SDK does not support the Android 4.4W SDK (API 20), also know as the Android Wear SDK.

 

Most mobile device manufacturers have been licensed to use Google's enhanced API, which provides support for Maps and other functionality. If this is the case for your target devices, you will need to install the relevant Google packages, listed as Google APIs by Google Inc., Android API x... by the Android SDK Manager tool. In Studio, choose the SDKs with the naming format "Google APIs x.x" to use the enhanced APIs, or those without the "Google APIs" prefix otherwise.

Android SDK packages can be installed using the Android SDK Manager tool. See Installing the Android SDK for detailed instructions.

The default Android SDK can be configured using Studio's Preferences, and then selected per-project using the Run Configurations.

Note

For Android API levels 14 and above, the emulator system images are installed separately from the SDK platform packages. To run in the emulator for Android API 14+, you must install at least one of the emulator system images.

 

Android Native Add-on Module Development on Mac OS X

The Xcode command line tools are required to develop native Android add-on modules on Mac OS X.

See Installing the iOS SDK: Installing Command Line Tools for detailed instructions.

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