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Problem :

I am working on the Ionic project in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and now I am preparing for release. So I am running the following command:

cordova build --release android

But I am facing the following error:

Error: Could not find gradle wrapper within Android SDK. Might need to update your Android SDK.

Looked here: /home/user/Android/Sdk/tools/templates/gradle/wrapper

·   I am not having the templates/gradle/wrapper directory.

·   I am having the latest version of Android Studio is 2.3 for now

·   I am having Android SDK Platform-Tools 25.0.3

·   I am having Android SDK Tools 25.3.1

·   I am having  All Android versions from 2.1 (Eclair) to 7.1.1 (Nougat)

Does anybody have any clue on this error?

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1.  If you are having the android studio installed within your system then you just need to copy the templates folder from following path :

C:\Program Files\Android\Android Studio\plugins\android\lib\templates

2.  After that you need to Paste it in the following folder


3. Now you need to Run the command following command:

ionic build android

 It will download all the necessary jar files and will also generate the apk file for the application.

Please set your environment variables to C:\Users\<user-name>\AppData\Local\Android\sdk\tools. And also set user-name to your current username.

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It can be an obstruction in the instruction list of how to install or upgrade Andriod studio will all SDK tools which you have missed. This creates a bug by a new release of the studio which does not follow the same file conventions as the older version allows. Since many posts on this topic seem to point to an Andriod_Path folder with a folder called andriod_sdk which does not seems to be supported in the latest versions


Solution 1:

Here you just need to follow the following steps to solve this error:

  • Download tools_r25.2.3-windows.zip from Andriod Downloads.
  • Extract this zip file on the desktop.
  • Replace C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Andriod\sdk\tools with sub-folder tools/
  • Go to your project folder and add;
$ cordova platforms remove andriod

$ cordova platforms add android

You may also need to force remove the node_modules in andriod. 

Sadly Andrios SDK tools 25.3.1 broke cordova-andriod 6.1.x:

For those who want to downgrade the SDK tools, you can install cordova-andrios from the URL as most of the errors are already fixed on the master branch

Cordova platform add https://github.com/apache/cordova-andriod

Solution 2:

  • If you have andriod studio installed on your system, then copy the templates folder from C:\Program Files\Andriod\Andrios Studio\plugins\andriod\lib\templates
  • Paste it the folder C:\Users\<user-name>\AppData\Local\Andriod\sdk\tools
  • Run the command
ionic build andriod

All the required jar files will be downloaded and an apk file for application will be generated.


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