Bit vs 64bit

If you're using a 64-bit version of Windows, you may be tempted to install the 64-bit version of the Java Development Kit instead of the 32-bit version. Unfortunately, Eclipse 3.5 does not provide a 64-bit version of the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers package (see bug 293969).* There is a workaround (unzip the main package first and then unzip the 64-bit "classic" platform on top of that), but unless you really need 64-bit Java, it's easier to just use the 32-bit version of the JDK for now. A 64-bit package will be available in the next release of Eclipse (version 3.6, "Helios"), so this whole problem will go away soon.


page4 has packages for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. After downloading the package that's right for you, unpack the .zip file to a temporary directory.

By default, the SDK will be expanded into a subdirectory like android-sdk-windows. Move that subdirectory underneath a permanent directory such as C:\Google or /Applications/Google. Then make a note of the full path so you can refer to it later as your SDK install directory.

No special install program is needed for either Eclipse or the SDK, but I do recommend you add the SDK's tools directory to your PATH.

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