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How to fix Could not find folder ‘tools’ inside SDK in Android?

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  • Last Updated : 09 Nov, 2022
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There are many IDEs available for developing android development. Many developers prefer using Eclipse as an IDE for building android applications. While using Eclipse IDE for android development many times we will get to see an error message as Could not find folder tools inside SDK folder. In this article, we will take a look at 4 different ways to resolve this issue. 

Method 1

This issue might occur if the android SDK tools have not been installed properly within your system or some files of the android SDK tools have been corrupted. In that case, we can download that again. Try downloading android SDK tools from the Eclipse IDE itself. For that, we have to first install new software in Eclipse IDE. For installing new software navigate to Help in the top bar of Eclipse IDE, then click on Install new software, and a dialog box will appear. Inside that box simply type Developer tools you will get to see it on the below screen. Select the check box and click on Next. It will install some dependencies. Make sure you are connected to the internet.


After the downloading of files Eclipse will be restarted automatically. After eclipse has restarted we have to configure the ADT plugin. For configuration navigate to the window option in the top bar, then click on preferences. After that, you will get to see the below window. 


If the android SDK path is not specified it will prompt to download SDK. Make sure to download the SDK. After that simply click on Apply and close. Now navigate to the SDK folder to see the tools folder within the SDK. 

Method 2

If the Eclipse IDE is installed properly without any network issues in between. The SDK folder is also downloaded. We have to simply navigate to Eclipse IDE. Click on Window > Preferences. We will get to see the window option in the top bar of Eclipse IDE. This will open the below screen. 


Inside this screen, we simply have to copy the already specified SDK Location. After that navigate to that file location in file explorer. After that, we have to rename the platform-tools folder to tools. Then we have to restart the Eclipse IDE to solve the issue. 

Method 3

Many times while downloading the Android SDK from the Corporate network. Some files are not downloaded due to proxy jamming. In that case, we will not be able to see the tools folder within our SDK folder. In that case, try downloading the SDK folder over a private network to download all the necessary files required for IDE. 

Method 4

Try clearing the cache for Eclipse IDE. For that navigate to Eclipse IDE>Window>Preferences. In the left pane simply search for Remote resources. The option is displayed in the below screenshot. After that simply click on Refresh remote cache and then click on Apply and close and restart your IDE once again to solve the issue. 


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