Where to unpack the android studio file?

I am new to Ubuntu, I have just installed dual boot Ubuntu 12.04. I want to install android studio, but I don’t really know how. I have downloaded the android-studio-bundle.tgz file and in the it is written to unpack the file in the appropriate location. I don’t really know what appropriate location for my applications means. Can you please tell me where to unpack this file, or if this is the correct way of installing android studio?
also if you comment me a good guide or place to read about tips on ubuntu I would be very grateful, just to have general understanding of ubuntu.

main question: where should I unpack my android-studio-bundle.tgz file?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

The key parts of the question as I see them: user is new to Ubuntu/Linux, user wants a recommendation based off of best practices and basic user experience.

@luis-de-sousa was correct in pointing out the Ubuntu directory structure, but I used this reference from Official Sources.

If you want android-studio to be available to all users (based on the above) you should be unpacking the tar/tgz/zip to /opt rather than the /usr/local or /usr/bin (with the latter being preferred for specific-user installations). Setup properly, we shouldn’t need to change user group permissions or any other high-level administration.

  1. Unpack the downloaded tar/tgz/zip file where it lays
  2. Using a Terminal window, navigate to that folder location (probably cd ~/Downloads), invoke sudo -i (You will need administrator/su permissions for the next few steps)
  3. mv android-studio /opt moves the files you unpacked (requires permissions)
  4. gedit android-studio.desktop this opens a text editor so that we may create a shortcut icon to open your new program. Insert the following code, then save the .desktop file.

    [Desktop Entry]
     Name=Android Studio
     Comment=Integerated Development Environment for Android
  5. To finish up, desktop-file-install android-studio.desktop

We are done with the terminal window, you can close it or exit That .desktop file now allows you to search for and find android-studio within Ubuntu’s Unity interface (or whatever DE menu/dash you are using). In other words, click that icon in the upper-left to search for android-studio You may also right-click on the icon while it is running and “lock it to the launcher.”

You can also create menu options to appear for your application launcher, see the Ubuntu Documentation on Unity Launchers.

Besides the in-text citations, I also referenced the following pages extensively:


How to install Eclipse?


Solution 2

In Linux, programmes are usually stored in /usr/local or /usr/share; when you install a programme with apt it is automatically set up inside one of these folders. I would advise you to create a folder like /usr/local/android-studio and unpack the file there (note that you’ll need sudo rights to do it).

Otherwise you can unpack it somewhere in your home folder, also an option if you do not have sudo rights. Here it does not really matter where, you may create a folder like ~/software/android-studio for convenience.

Read more about the Linux directory structure.

Solution 3

Ok, let me state clear, there’s an appropriated place to place stuff, but in this case, simple is the best, so I prefer any location where you already have write/read permissions, like you $HOME directory.

Take from the instructions


  1. Unpack the downloaded Tar file, android-studio-bundle-.tgz, into an appropriate location for your applications.
  2. To launch Android Studio, navigate to the android-studio/bin/ directory in a terminal and execute studio.sh.
  3. You may want to add android-studio/bin/ to your PATH environmental variable so that you can start Android Studio from any directory.

Resuming in easy steps:

mkdir ~/android-sdk && cd ~/android-sdk
wget http://dl.google.com/android/studio/install/0.4.2/android-studio-bundle-133.970939-linux.tgz
tar xf android-studio-bundle-133.970939-linux.tgz
export PATH="~/android-sdk/android-studio/bin/:$PATH"

If you want to make them permanent:

echo 'export PATH="~/android-sdk/android-studio/bin/:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc

or .zshrc. Depending the shell you use. Done. You can use whatever path you like, just try to do not interfere with other software.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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