B4A includes all the features needed to quickly develop any type of Android app.
B4A is used by tens of thousands of developers from all over the world, including companies such as NASA, HP, IBM and others.
Together with B4i you can now easily develop applications for both Android and iOS.
1. Java JDK v7 or v8
- Open the Java 8 JDK download link.
- Check the Accept License Agreement button.
- Select "Windows x86 (32-bit) or Windows x64" in the platforms list.
- Download the file and install it.
2. Android SDK
- Download Android SDK.
- Install the SDK. The SDK doesn't work properly when it is installed in a path with spaces (like "Program Files").
It is recommended to install it to a custom folder similar to C:\Android.
- Install Android SDK Tools, Android SDK Platform-Tools, Android SDK Build-tools (v23.0.3 is recommended),
Android Support Repository, Google Repository and at least one platform (see the image below). Use API 14 or above.
- You can also install Google USB Driver if you need to connect a physical device with USB. A list of other drivers is available here.
- Download B4A Trial Version
- Open B4A.
- Choose Tools > Configure Paths.
- Use the Browse button to locate "javac.exe" and "android.jar"
4. B4A-Bridge (optional)
- B4A-Bridge allows the IDE to connect to the device over the wireless network. This is an alternative to USB debug mode (which is also supported).
- Download B4A-Bridge from Google Play. You can search for B4A Bridge or press on the above button. You can also download the apk file directly.
- Make sure that installation of apps from unknown sources is enabled. This can be set under Settings - Security or Settings - Applications.
- Run B4A-Bridge on the device. See this tutorial for more information.
- Connect the IDE to the device: Tools - B4A Bridge - Connect
- You are ready to run your first Android program!
5. Next Steps
- Join our community
- Download the beginner's guide
- Use the site search feature (top right corner). It works!