The Android emulator is not starting, showing “invalid command-line parameter”

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There is currently a problem with R12 where the SDK location cannot contain any spaces.

The default installation location is: C:\Programme Files(x86)\Android\android-sdk. They are currently fixing the problem but you can currently work around it by changing the SDK location path in eclipse to C:\PROGRA~2\Android\android-sdk.

If you are running 32-bit Windows, change the path to C:\PROGRA~1\Android\android-sdk.


I made a simple "Hello World" program in Eclipse. I added nothing to a Java file and only added a text view in file main.xml as

//main.xml file
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
        android:text="Hello World"

And now when I run my program it shows the following in the console.

//console output
[2011-07-10 07:10:22 - demo] ------------------------------
[2011-07-10 07:10:22 - demo] Android Launch!
[2011-07-10 07:10:24 - demo] adb is running normally.
[2011-07-10 07:10:24 - demo] Performing com.demo.DemoActivity activity launch
[2011-07-10 07:10:25 - demo] Automatic Target Mode: launching new emulator with compatible AVD 'vishal'
[2011-07-10 07:10:25 - demo] Launching a new emulator with Virtual Device 'vishal'
[2011-07-10 07:11:06 - Emulator] invalid command-line parameter: Files\Android\android-sdk\tools/emulator-arm.exe.
[2011-07-10 07:11:07 - Emulator] Hint: use '@foo' to launch a virtual device named 'foo'.
[2011-07-10 07:11:07 - Emulator] please use -help for more information


This shows my Android Virtual Device (AVD) could not start due to some reason. What can I do to fix this problem?

NickC is correct. It is also worth pointing out that the SDK location is set in Eclipse > Window menu > Preferences > Android. If your folders are different you can check the 8.3 format of any folder with dir foldername /x at the command prompt.

As an alternative to the PROGRA~2 method (which is not working for example in IntelliJ IDEA), you can create a symbolic link.

It can be named, for example, prg to Program Files (run mklink /? from the command line to learn how to do it). Then run the emulator as C:\prg\Android\android-sdk\tools\emulator.exe. Also change the path to SDK/emulator in your IDE.

I started Task Manager, made sure adb.exe is closed (it locks some files)

Create the folder C:\Android Moved folder + all files from C:\Program Files\android-sdk to C:\Android

Edited C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Android SDK Tools shortcuts.

I considered uninstalling the SDK and re-installing, but for the life of me, where does it store the temp files?? I don't want to re-download the platforms, samples and doco that I have added to the SDK.

Remember to run "android update avd -n avd_name" after change in Android SDK path.