The first video below shows how simple it is to install the AIR SDK.

  • Step one: In google, search for ‘adobe air sdk’
  • Step two: Select the second result
  • Step three: Download the files for you Operating System (currently Mac OSX or Windows)
  • Step four: Extract all the files from the downloaded zip file to a folder on your local machine (for example: c:\air\)

Note: The download file will be zipped-up, you can use something like winzip or winrar to extract the files.

This second part shows how to configure the program.

  • Step one: Right Click on ‘My Computer’
  • Step two: Select ‘Properties’
  • Step three: Select the ‘Advanced’ tab
  • Step four: Select the ‘Environment Variables’ button
  • Step five: Select ‘New’ under the ‘System Variables’ section
  • Step six: Enter ‘adl’ in the ‘variable name’ field and ‘c:\air\bin\adl.exe’ in the ‘variable value’ field.
  • Step seven: Click OK
  • Step eight: Enter ‘adt’ in the ‘variable name’ field and ‘c:\air\bin\adt.bat’ in the ‘variable value’ field.
  • Step nine: Click OK
  • Step ten: Restart your computer so the changes will take effect

The above steps will now allow you to call the commands ‘adl’ and ‘adt’ from any directory.
This make things easier when developing applications as you do not have to specify the full path
each time you call ‘adl’ or ‘adt’.

Note: Installing the AIR SDK will allow you to run and compile applications, however it will not register the standard AIR runtime on your system which is required to install AIR applications. Visit the Adobe website and get the AIR runtime.

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5 Comments on Installation of the AIR SDK

  1. George says:

    Careful with the path for ADT (‘c:\air\bin\adt.bin’), it should end in .BAT, not .bin!!

  2. George says:

    The described technique did not actually work for me.

    What I did was modify the PATH system variable and simply added the path to my AIRSDK directory. This method does not even require a Restart, work right away! :)

  3. admin says:

    Thanks for you comments George, I’ve updated the post (changed bin to bat). PATH variable update sounds like a good way to do this.

  4. Tahir Alvi says:


    But i have different method for installing new SDK. just go to the sdk folder in program files and select the latest version of sdk, make a duplicate copy of that folder and rename it according to sdk version. For example if you install AIR 2 the name it AIR SDK 2 etc. Now extract the downloaded zip file of sdk, and copy all files and paste in your newly created AIR SDK 2 folder. Now go to Flex IDE and select new sdk version for application.

    Note: if this method is not valid please tell me at


  5. Rian Ariona says:

    this way isn’t working for me, iam using windows 7
    for installing SDK
    edit system variable named “PATH” (without quote), at the end of value line, add semicolon and type BIN location! for example :

    thanks for sharing

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