Android Maven Could not find tool 'aapt'

i was trying to follow this tutorial:

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  • but after setting up the environment, and create a project, at the “run as\maven install” step i got this:

    SLF4J: Failed to load class "org.slf4j.impl.StaticLoggerBinder".
    SLF4J: Defaulting to no-operation (NOP) logger implementation
    SLF4J: See for further details.
    [INFO] Scanning for projects...
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] Building tutorial 0.0.1-SNAPSHOT
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] --- android-maven-plugin:3.1.1:generate-sources (default-generate-sources) @ tutorial ---
    [INFO] ANDROID-904-002: Found aidl files: Count = 0
    [INFO] ANDROID-904-002: Found aidl files: Count = 0
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [INFO] Total time: 1.889s
    [INFO] Finished at: Sat May 18 00:32:12 CEST 2013
    [INFO] Final Memory: 8M/111M
    [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [ERROR] Failed to execute goal (default-generate-sources) on project tutorial: Execution default-generate-sources of goal failed: Could not find tool 'aapt'. Please provide a proper Android SDK directory path as configuration parameter <sdk><path>...</path></sdk> in the plugin <configuration/>. As an alternative, you may add the parameter to commandline: -Dandroid.sdk.path=... or set environment variable ANDROID_HOME. -> [Help 1]
    [ERROR] To see the full stack trace of the errors, re-run Maven with the -e switch.
    [ERROR] Re-run Maven using the -X switch to enable full debug logging.
    [ERROR] For more information about the errors and possible solutions, please read the following articles:
    [ERROR] [Help 1]

    I’ve tried lot of times, but with no luck.
    I have Eclipse Juno on Windows7 64 bit, APK Tool installed and Maven 3.0.5.

    It seems a well known problem for maven staff:

    but it should be solved from ages…

    My Environment User variables:

    M2_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\apache-maven-3.0.5

    My Environment System variable:


    Does anybody know how to workout this trap?


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    I also encountered the same problem when using latest ADT from google and trying to compile the bootstrap android platform.

    The latest r17 build separate out aapt to build-tools folder. Hence it is maven-android-plugin cannot support it.

    See issue discussed here.

    Tried and working:

    cd $ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools
    ln -s ../build-tools/android-4.2.2/aapt aapt
    ln -s ../build-tools/android-4.2.2/lib lib
    ln -s ../build-tools/android-4.2.2/aidl aidl

    Some installations may be structured using the API version:

    cd $ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools
    ln -s ../build-tools/17.0.0/aapt aapt
    ln -s ../build-tools/17.0.0/lib lib
    ln -s ../build-tools/17.0.0/aidl aidl

    Keep in mind that this is fixed in the latest version (>3.5.3) of the Android Maven Plugin, as other answers point out.


    This has been resolved since Android Maven Plugin v3.6.0. For now you will only need these symlinks if you use IntelliJ v12.x. IntelliJ v13 EAP+ should work out of the box.

    Original answer:

    This has been fixed and will be released with Android Maven Plugin v3.5.4. See the github pull request:

    Upgraded AndroidSdk to use path and platform utilities from sdklib

    You can try validating the snapshot build which contains the fix by adding the following to your pom.xml:

        <name>Jayway OpenSource SNAPSHOTs on</name>

    Please provide feedback on the developer group:

    New snapshot for 3.5.4 available

    If you are using Windows, the symbolic linking can be done using mklink command.

    D:\>cd "Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk"
    D:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk>cd platform-tools
    D:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>mklink aapt.exe ..\build-tools\17.0.0\aapt.exe
    symbolic link created for aapt.exe <<===>> ..\build-tools\17.0.0\aapt.exe
    D:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>mklink aidl.exe ..\build-tools\17.0.0\aidl.exe
    symbolic link created for aidl.exe <<===>> ..\build-tools\17.0.0\aidl.exe
    D:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>mklink /d lib ..\build-tools\17.0.0\lib
    symbolic link created for lib <<===>> ..\build-tools\17.0.0\lib

    I get stuck with the same problem. Finally i managed to resolve the issue after two hours. To make it simple and resolve the issue in 5 minutes i listed the steps below

    Step 1 – In Eclipse update your Android Maven Plugin to using the beta release link

    Step 2


    It will solve the following issues

    "No Android Platform Version/API Level has been configured"

    Could not find tool 'aapt'

    Hope it helps

    I too had similar problems.

    Solved by following steps :

    1) Upgrade maven to 3.1.1
    2) Use android-maven-plugin 3.6.1 pr greater [I used 3.8.0]
    3) Use maven-dependency-plugin 2.8

    If you want to build against latest Android SDK [ex : 4.3], follow following additional steps –
    4) Install the local copy of android.jar using command mvn install:installFile ..
    5) Set 18

    Hope this helps.

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