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An Android run/debug configuration is associated with a specific .apk and activity. To run or debug the entire application, choose the relevant module and associate the configuration with the default start-up activity from the default package built from the module specified in the Module drop-down list above. The .apk is built automatically, no preliminary artifact configuration is required from your side.

To run or debug a custom .apk that will be later embedded in an application, first define an artifact to build the .apk from. Then, in the run configuration, appoint this .apk for deployment and specify an activity from it as the launch activity.

To debug an already running application, do not appoint any .apk file for deployment and any activity for launch. See Debugging a Running Application.

To create an Android run/debug configuration

For general information about run/debug configurations, see Creating and Editing Run/Debug Configurations.

  1. To start creating an Android run configuration, choose Run | Edit Configuration on the main menu. Alternatively press Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Shift+Alt+F10Control Alt RShift Alt F10Control Alt R and choose Edit Configuration from the pop-up menu.
  2. Click the Add New Configuration button add.png on the toolbar and choose Android from the pop-up list.
  3. On the Run/Debug Configuration: Android page that opens, specify the configuration name and choose the module to apply the current configuration to.
  4. Specify the .apk file to deploy and the activity to launch in the Package and Activity areas respectively.
    • To run or debug the entire application, choose Deploy default APK in the Package area and Launch default activity in the Activity area. IntelliJ IDEA will upload the .apk built from the module specified in the Module drop-down list above and launch the activity marked as start-up for the chosen module. The .apk is built automatically, no preliminary artifact configuration is required from your side.
    • To run or debug a custom .apk that will be later embedded in an application, choose Deploy custom artifact in the Package area and choose the artifact to build the .apk from. In this case, you have to define the relevant artifact manually before creating a run/debug configuration, see Generating a Signed Release APK Through an Artifact and Configuring Artifacts. Then choose the Launch option in the Activity area and specify the start-up activity from the chosen artifact (.apk). Type the activity name manually or click the Browse button browseButton.png and select the desired activity in the Select Activity Class dialog box, that opens.

      The list of available activities is determined by the choice of the module.

    • If you are going to start a debugging session for an already running application, choose Do not deploy anything in the Packages area to suppress uploading data to the device and then choose Do not launch activity in the Activity area. Executing a run configuration with these settings is equal to clicking the Attach debugger to Android process button addAndroidDebuggerToProcess.png on the toolbar, see Debugging a Running Application.
  5. In the Target Device area, specify the device to launch the application on or appoint the method for choosing this device.
    • To specify the target virtual device for deployment within the configuration, select the Emulator option and choose the desired virtual device from the Prefer Android Virtual Device drop-down list.

      Tip

      If none of the existing virtual devices is applicable, create a new device.

    • To enable manual selection of the target device during the running/debugging procedure, select the Show chooser dialog option. When you launch the configuration, IntelliJ IDEA will open the Choose Device dialog box, where you will be able to select the relevant device.
    • To have IntelliJ IDEA detect a plugged in USB device upon the application start, select the USB device option.

    Note

    Selecting the Show chooser dialog or USB device option may be helpful if you are going to run the application on a physical device which will be plugged in later and therefore the set of available devices cannot be foreseen.

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