To develop android applications using ionic framework we need to install platform specific tools. Because here we are going to develop an android app so we need to install only android platform tools. If you want to develop applications in ios or windows phone so install those platform tools. To install platform tools we do not need to install complete android studio, here we going to install only android sdk stand alone tool.
For windows users developing for android have following installed set up.
- Java JDK
- Apache Ant
- Android SDK (not android studio, only android sdk tool stand alone)
Java JDKInstall the most recent Java JDK (not just the JRE). Next, create an environment variable for JAVA_HOME pointing to the root folder where the Java JDK was installed. So, if you installed the JDK into C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_144, set JAVA_HOME to be this path. After that, add the JDK's bin directory to the PATH variable as well.
Apache AntTo install Ant, download a zip from Here, extract it, move the first folder in the zip to a safe place, and update your PATH to include the bin folder in that folder. For example, if you moved the Ant folder to c:/, you'd want to add this to your PATH: C:\apache-ant-1.9.2\bin.
How to istall android sdk tools stand alone: (Platform tools)
2- Download zip file from :https://developer.android.com/studio/command-line/sdkmanager.html
3- Unzip file and go to the directory where you download the above zip file in my case (E:\ionic\sdk-tools-windows-3859397\tools\bin)
4- Open command prompt and type bellow commands
>> sdkmanager "platform-tools" "platforms;android-26" “build-tools;26.0.1”
5- The above command will install the ("platform-tools" "platforms;android-26" and "build-tools;26.0.1")
8- Now update your path (environment variable.) to include the "tools/ and platform-tools/", So, using ANDROID_HOME, you would add both %ANDROID_HOME%\tools and %ANDROID_HOME%\platform-tools.