Android Studio 3.3 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.04


Android Studio 3.3 was released a few days ago with new enhancements & features. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 18, 19.x, and higher.

Android Studio 3.3 release highlights according to its release note:

  • Navigation Editor
  • IntelliJ 2018.2.2 Platform Update
  • Kotlin 1.3.11 Update
  • Clang-Tidy Support for C++
  • New Project Wizard update
  • Delete Unused IDE Directories
  • IDE User Feedback
  • Improved incremental Java compilation when using annotation processors
  • Lazy task configuration
  • Single-variant project sync
  • Android App Bundles now supports Instant Apps
  • Multiple Emulator AVD instance Launch
  • Android 9 Pie – Emulator System Images
  • Emulator Snapshot Save Speed Improvement
  • Profiler Performance Improvements
  • Memory Profiler: Allocation Tracking Options
  • Network Profiler: Formatted Text
  • CPU Profiler: Frame Rendering Data

How to Install Android Studio 3.3 in Ubuntu:

Installing the latest Android Studio is quite easy in Ubuntu, as it has been made into Snap (containerized software package) by the Snapcrafters community.

The snap package bundles all run-time libraries, and auto-update itself when a new release is available.

1. For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install Android Studio snap package:


2 For Ubuntu 16.04 and derivatives, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):


Then run command to install snapd daemon first:

sudo apt install snapd

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.


Finally install Android Studio via command:

sudo snap install android-studio


Once installed, open the Android IDE from your system application launcher and enjoy!


For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply uninstall the IDE from Ubuntu Software.

For Ubuntu 16.04 and derivatives, run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove android-studio

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. The article does not tell us why a user would want Android Studio. For example, I have n older smartphone. Would Android Studio allow me to root the fone?

    • Android studio is an IDE used for developing android applications for mobile phones, smart watch, android tv and recently Android things (IOT). It cannot be used to root a phone.