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i have solved this as follows:

  1. window > customize perspective... (you will see android and avd manager are disabled)

  2. command groups availability > android and avd manager > check

  3. tool bar visibility > android and avd manager > check


try to reinstall adt plugin on eclipse. check out this: installing the eclipse plugin


i would suggest you to install the adt plugin compatable with your android sdk tools and try to install all the required plugins compatable with your android sdk like android sdk tools rev 20.0.3 android sdk tools rev 20.0.3 android sdk platform-tools rev 14 android 2.3.3(api 10) sdk platform rev 2 samples for sdk api 10 rev 1 adt plugin 20.0.3


unfortunately i ended up having to re-install eclipse. but first (in linux)(not sure of folder in windows) do:

sudo rm -r /usr/share/eclipse/


chances are that you may be running your eclipse using java 1.5.

latest plugin requires that the jre be 1.6 or higher. 

you will have to use eclipse that runs on jre 1.6

edit: i had run into same problems. if it is not jre problem then you can debug this. follow below procedure:

  1. window -> show view -> other -> plugin development -> plugin registry
  2. in the plugin registry search for or any other plugin related to android (depending on your installation there maybe 7-8)
  3. select , right click -> diagnose. this will show the problem why the plugin was not loaded


well i feel silly, but my problem was that i was in the debug perspective and they do not show up in that perspective. switched back to the java perspective and viola.


window -> custom perspective -> command groups availability -> android sdk and avd manager check it


i had similar problem after updating sdk from r20 to r21, but all i missed was the sdk/avd manager and running into this post while searching for the answer.

i managed to solve it by going to window -> customize perspective, and under command groups availability tab check the android sdk and avd manager (not sure why it became unchecked because it was there before). i'm using mac by the way, in case the menu option looks different.

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