This one is a common problem that I encountered when doing Android development. When I want to import my projects again, I always choose the option

> Right click > Import > Android > Existing Android Code Into Workspace

When I select this, Eclipse gives out the error message “[project_name] overlaps the location of another project”.

The correct way to import an existing Android project right into the Eclipse environment is:

> File > Import > General > Existing Projects Into Workspace
That should do the trick.

So you finally ran AndroVM. Now you want to use it to replace the clunky and resource hogging Android emulator with your Eclipse GUI.

To do so, make sure you know the IP address of your Android virtual machine. The default is But if you want to change the default IP address, here is where you can find it.

  • In Oracle VM VirtualBox, go to File > Preferences > Network
  • Click on the label on the right that says Virtual Host-Only Ethernet Adapter
  • Click the 3rd icon that looks like a screw driver
  • Under the DHCP server tab, look at the Lower Address Bound

That is the IP address of the virtual machine. See photo below for a screenshot.


Now, once you have the virtual machine up and running, to link it to Eclipse so that it will use that as your test environment when running your apps, open MS-DOS prompt.

Go to where your Android sdk is installed. I installed mine in c:\program files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools

Then type adb connect

You will know if connection was successful by typing adb devices. Your IP address should be there.

Now in Eclipse, when you deploy your app, do the following:

  • Right click on the project name, choose Run As > Run Configurations
  • Go to Target tab and select Always prompt to pick device.
  • Click Apply button

Once you deploy your Android app, a popup window will show first giving you a list of Android related devices running (your virtual machine included).

You figure importing a non-Eclipse project into Eclipse was easy, so is NetBeans. Ironic but when I tried to do so in NetBeans, it took me some time to figure it out.

To do so, just go to File menu and select New Project.


Under “Categories” select “Java”

Under “Projects” select “Java Project with Existing Sources”

Then set the folder where your source files are located.

That’s it!

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