I’m on Mac, working on Android development from the terminal. I have successfully created the HelloWorld project and now I’m trying to run it from the command line in the Android emulator. Which command runs the emulator for my HelloWorld project?
I already have the Android tools and platform-tools in my PATH.
How do I tell the emulator to run my HelloWorld project from the command line? I’ve already built the project with ant.
I assume that you have built your project and just need to launch it, but you don’t have any AVDs created and have to use command line for all the actions. You have to do the following.
- Create a new virtual device (AVD) for the platform you need. If you have to use command line for creating your AVD, you can call
android create avd -n <name> -t <targetID>where targetID is the API level you need. If you can use GUI, just type in
android avdand it will launch the manager, where you can do the same. You can read more about AVD management through GUI and through command line.
- Run the AVD either by using command
emulator -avd <name>or through previously launched GUI. Wait until the emulator fully loads, it takes some time. You can read about additional options here.
- Now you have to install the application to your AVD. Usually during development you just use the same Ant script you used to build the project, just select
installtarget. However, you can install the application manually using command
adb install <path-to-your-APK>.
- Now switch to emulator and launch your application like on any normal device, through the launcher. Or, as an alternative, you can use the following command:
adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n <package>/<activity class>. For example:
adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n org.sample.helloworld/org.sample.helloworld.HelloWorld. As a commenter suggested, you can also replace
org.sample.helloworld.HelloWorldin the line above with just
.HelloWorld, and it will work too.