It’s been awhile since I installed the Android SDK, today I’m starting a new android app so I updated to the latest version. To my surprise the tools have moved to different folders so just as I was ready to start testing locally I couldn’t find adb (adroid debugger bridge) in the tools folder, turns out it’s now located in the plataform-tools folder.
Here are the steps I’m using:
First you have to create an Android Virtual Device. Star the Android SDK Manager
android:~$ cd tools tools:~$ ./android
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Create your Android Virtual Device
Now you could start you virtual device from the SDK Manager but I prefer to do it from the shell since I’m able to add command options like
- -wipe-data (To erase data stored from previous sessions)
- -shell (So I can edit the /etc/hosts file later)
- -no-boot-anim (It helps the emulator to boot up faster)
- -noskin (It minimizes memory consumption)
tools:~$ ./emulator -avd test -wipe-data -shell -no-boot-anim -noskin
Open a new shell tab and go to the platform-tools folder and remount the image with the Android Debugger Bridge. This is to get rid of the file write permissions issue.
$ cd platform-tools platform-tools:~$./adb remount
Now go back to the tab where we started out emulator and edit the hosts file to point to a local domain. It’s important to mention that the /etc/hosts file in the emulator is different from then system /etc/hosts. Replace example.com to your desired local domain
tools:~$ echo '10.0.2.2 example.com' >> /etc/hosts
And that’s it. Now you can browse example.com locally. Hope it helps someone.