Installation

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How to install

NetBeans AutoUpdate is the best approach to install NBAndroid plugin into your IDE. It installs everything and also provides a way how to keep it uptodate.

  • You will need [NetBeans] version 7.3 or newer installed (7.3, and were tried successfully).
  • Java version 7 is required as the JDK used by NetBeans (you can still build your Android applications using older version of Java).
  • [Android SDK] needs to be installed separately too.

Installation using AutoUpdate center

Add updatecenter URL to plugin manager

Open plugin manager. To do this go to Tools | Plugins. Here you need to navigate to Settings tab and add an address of our update center that is http://nbandroid.org/updates/updates.xml Previous update center hosted at kenai.com site is removed now as it caused confusion about current version and what is supported and what not.

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Tip: keep 'Check for updates automatically' option selected to get the updates.

Tip: latest version compatible with NetBeans 7.2 is available at http://nbandroid.org/release72/updates/updates.xml

Install the plugin

Once the URL is added navigate to Available Plugins tab in the same dialog. Find Android plugin here and select it for installation. Optionally you can install NBAndroid Extensions as well to get some extra functionality. Note that subscription is required to enable features provided by NBAndroid Extensions.

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Click Install to initiate the installation. Shortly after you will be guided through a series of steps:

  • to confirm selection of plugins to install

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  • to accept license

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  • to verify the certificate (the plugin is signed with a certificate that is not trusted).

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and finally finish the installation


Installation from downloadable archive

This is an alternative useful if you cannot connect to our download area directly from IDE.

Download a snapshot of project binaries from archives folder. Then go to Tools | Plugins | Downloaded and add NBM files from unzipped archive. The rest is the same as described above.

First Steps

Most of the functionality in Android support requires a path to Android SDK to be configured. Go to Tools | Options dialog and its Miscellaneous category. Here you will find Android tab where you can specify the location of Android SDK.

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If you've installed NBAndroid Extensions you need to upload subscription key in this dialog to activate the functionality.

That's all what you need to configure at the beginning and you are ready to open your existing project or create a new one - Android command line projects are described at http://developer.android.com/tools/projects/projects-cmdline.html

Specifically note that there is no Java platform definition needed or possible. This concept was abandoned a while ago yet there are still some pages and outdated tutorials mentioning this.