Android Studio: Failed to find: ''

I want to build an app in Android Studio with the support library but I get the following error when adding the dependency for the support library:

Error:Failed to find:

Here is my build.gradle file

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  • apply plugin: ''
    android {
        compileSdkVersion 19
        buildToolsVersion '20'
        defaultConfig {
            applicationId "sample.myapplication"
            minSdkVersion 15
            targetSdkVersion 19
            versionCode 1
            versionName "1.0"
        buildTypes {
            release {
                runProguard false
                proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), ''
    dependencies {
        compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
        compile ''

    I have downloaded the support library via the sdk manager.

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    Ok, found the problem. The Android support repository was missing. After installing and restarting Android Studio it worked.

    If you are using Android Studio, then as an addition to changing the build.gradle file manually, you can also lookup the dependency via the library dependencies under the Project Structure menu item.

    Find where is

    Double clicking that dependency will generate this line in build.gradle:

    dependencies {
        compile ''

    And also, if you are wondering what this library is about, it’s described at the developer pages at; Support Library.

    My Android Studio version is 1.1. I select tools->Android->SDK Manager, check the Android Support Library then click Install packages, solved this issue.

    In my case the solution was as simple as running Build:Make Project. No amount of gradle syncing or clearing caches would do it. Of course, that required getting my project into a state where it would build successfully.

    Following the instruction here helped me. For whatever reason when I had to reinstall the latest version of android studio the initial download of the extras section android support library failed. I simply retried it. Followed the steps mentioned and verified it was added to the build.gradle file and did a rebuild project and good to go.

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