How To Install Android Studio on Linux Mint 19 “Tara”


Android Studio – the one software you would need most if you are developing applications for Google’s Android operating system. It is the most powerful and official IDE software for Android app development, based on IntelliJ IDEA, developed by Google.

Android Studio is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Here, we will see how to install Android Studio on Linux Mint 19.


  • Graphical Interface
  • CPU with Intel VT or AMD SVM.
  • 64-bit OS capable of running 32-bit applications
  • RAM: Minimum – 3GB / Recommended – 8GB
  • 10 GB HDD


Check whether your CPU supports Intel VT / AMD SVM or not.

egrep --color 'vmx|svm' /proc/cpuinfo | wc -l


If the above output is non-zero, then your machine has Intel or AMD virtualization support.

Install KVM and other utilities

sudo apt install -y qemu-kvm libvirt-bin ubuntu-vm-builder bridge-utils wget unzip

Add your user to the KVM group.

sudo usermod -aG kvm raj
sudo usermod -aG libvirt raj

Reboot the machine or Log out and log in back.

Install 32-bit libraries

Use the apt command install 32-bit libraries.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386 lib32z1 libbz2-1.0:i386 wget

Install Java

Android Studio requires Oracle JDK 8 (not OpenJDK) to function correctly.

First, add Oracle JDK repository on the system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

Then, install the Oracle JDK 8 using the following command.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y oracle-java8-installer

sudo apt install -y oracle-java8-set-default

During the Oracle JAVA installation, you would need to accept the Oracle License agreement

Check the java version

java -version


java version "1.8.0_181"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_181-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.181-b13, mixed mode)

Install Android Studio on Linux Mint 19

Use the given link to download the latest version of Android Studio (Recommended Method).

Download Android Studio


From terminal.

cd Downloads/


Move the downloaded archive to /opt or to your desired directory and extract it there using the unzip command.

sudo mv android-studio-ide-* /opt/

cd /opt/

sudo unzip /opt/android-studio-ide-*

Change the permission of extracted files.

sudo chown -R raj:raj android-studio

Start the Android Studio by executing from the bin directory.

cd /opt/android-studio/bin/


Symlink the executable to /bin directory so that you can quickly start Android Studio using android-studio command irrespective of the current working directory.

sudo ln -sf /opt/android-studio/bin/ /bin/android-studio

Create Android Studio Launcher Icon on Linux Mint 19


To have Android Studio launcher icon in GNOME or Dash just like in the Start menu of Windows. Create a .desktop file under /usr/share/applications directory.

sudo nano /usr/share/applications/android-studio.desktop

Use the following information in the above file.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Android Studio
Comment=Android Studio
Exec=bash -i "/opt/android-studio/bin/" %f

Automatic (After you start Android Studio)

To make Android Studio available in your list of applications, select Tools >> Create Desktop Entry from the Android Studio menu bar.

Access Android Studio

You can start Android Studio by going to Menu >> Programming >> Android Studio.

Install Android Studio on Linux Mint 19 - Start Android Studio
Install Android Studio on Linux Mint 19 – Start Android Studio



Android Studio running on Linux Mint 19:

Install Android Studio on Linux Mint 19 - Android Studio Running on Linux Mint 19
Install Android Studio on Linux Mint 19 – Android Studio Running on Linux Mint 19

That’s All.

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