Migrating Android Development Environment from Eclipse to IntelliJ(1)

IntelliJ is Light

The standard IDE for development of Android is Eclipse. However, when you use IntelliJ that is another IDE for Android development, it is comfortable with moving lightly and easy-to-understanding menu structure. You can use the Community Edition (Open Source) for free to develop Android Application.
In this article, I describe the tasks required who have been using the Eclipse for Android development ever to migrate to IntelliJ.

Installation of IntelliJ

Summary of the installation is as follows.

  1. Installation of JDK
  2. Installation of Android SDK
  3. Installation and Configuration of IntelliJ

You need a plugin called ADT to Eclipse. But It is not necessary for IntelliJ. I think if people who have already been developing in Eclipse, installing JDK and Android SDK is already done. (Or if on Ubuntu, see JDK and Android SDK Installation on Ubuntu | DeVlog.) Therefor, you can start developing as soon as install and configure IntelliJ. I will show the insallation instructions for IntelliJ below.

  1. Download a file for your platform from IntelliJ IDEA :: Download Latest Version of IntelliJ IDEA. You can use the Community Editon (free) for Android development without limitation. The case of Windows, so just follow the instructions of the installer, it is not particularly difficult to install the software. The case of Ubuntu, you can install from the software center. I think you can easily install on other platforms. Please follow the instructions on the site.
  2. After installation, the following dialog box will open with the first start, if you install the first time, press OK to select the “I do not…”.
    Welcome screen opens.

    Configuration of IntelliJ

    After opening Welcome screen, keep the basic settings.

    Project Defaults

    Before dealing with the actual project, you need to let IntelliJ to recognize JDK and Android SDK. To do so, you may set the project defaults.
    Configure > Project Defaultes > Project Structure, in “Project SDK” select New > JDK.
    After opening folder selection, select the folder JDK installed.
    Click “New” again and select “Android SDK” to set directory.
    JDK and SDK is set.

    Change Theme

    Try to set the theme easy to see. I recommend “Darcula”.
    Select from Configure > Settings > Appearance > UI Options. After apply, you are prompted to restart.

    At this point, you are ready for developing Android. Next time, I will expain how to use IntelliJ.

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