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Android Build a Simple Android App (2014) Getting Started with Android Running the Fun Facts Project

Ben Engelbrecht
Ben Engelbrecht
1,750 Points

Can't download/install system image in SDK manager. Getting 'Done. Nothing was installed.' message.

Hi guys I need a little help, please. In the tutorial for creating a simple android app I'm trying to set up the emulator for my Fun Facts project. In the SDK manager I need to install the system image and SDK platform, but when I try to install it I get this message: 'Done. Nothing was installed.' I can see there's been a similar question from someone else before, but it seems it hasn't been answered yet. Grateful if you could let me know where I'm going wrong. Thanks, Ben

What do you mean by system image? Also what is your operating system?

Boris Vukobrat
Boris Vukobrat
4,248 Points

Hi again, Gloria : ) Android system images contain code for the Android system that is needed for AVD's. They are used to create emulators based on specific hardware like x86 processor or ARM.

Hi Boris, I did some extra research, and I got it. Initially I couldn't understand what you meant, because the word "image" made me wonder what it looks like, but after googling it out I saw that, system images are packages you install through the SDK manager. That helped me understand what you are saying. Thanks :)

2 Answers

Boris Vukobrat
Boris Vukobrat
4,248 Points

While installing libraries SDK Manager creates temp folder and saves zip files in it. Most probably your OS doesn't allow that due to permission settings. Try to start SDK Manager as Administrator.

If you can't find a better way, in Windows, in SDK/tools folder find Android.bat file and run it, also as administrator. I think it's a safest way to start SDK Manager with permissions and everything else needed set.

Ben Engelbrecht
Ben Engelbrecht
1,750 Points

Hi Boris, thanks for your reply. Running Android.bat as administrator did the trick. Thanks for your help!

Gaston Barua
Gaston Barua
2,897 Points

Hello All,

I am having the same issue but on a Mac. Does any one know how to correct this? Since I do not have windows I am not sure if the answer above applies to me?

Thanks in advance!

The answer applies to you but with MAC it is more complex than windows. Try to read How to Run GUI Apps as root in Mac OS X, for that.