Android Studio is an IDE-type software, that is, an Integrated Development Environment through which we can create applications for mobile phones with the Android operating system; was published in December 2014, and in a short time it was displacing Eclipse as Google’s official tool for developing Apps. Learn how to export a project in a ZIP file from an Android Studio.

What do I need to program in Android Studio?

You may wonder how can I install Android Studio on my Windows, Linux or Mac PC? In general terms, you will need 3 things, first you must know how to program in Java and XML, second, download the software from its official website, and a computer with the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 GB RAM, although 8 GB is recommended to be able to run any Android device emulator.
  • An HD with a minimum availability of 2 GB for the basic installation, but it is recommended to have 4GB of hard disk space to contain the 500MB of the IDE and 1.5 GB for the Android SDK, also including the emulator and caches.
  • Have installed the Java Development Kit (JDK) package in version 8 or higher; you must go to its official page to download it.
  • A monitor with a screen resolution of at least 1280 × 800, but a resolution of 1440 × 900 pixels per inch is recommended.

What can I do in Android Studio?

The Android operating system has diversified a lot in recent years; and is that its presence is not limited only to smartphones; there are also versions for other types of platforms such as wear OS; (smart clothes), TV, cars. In Google Chrome (browser applications) or things (Internet of things, such as kitchens, refrigerators, air conditioning, etc).

How to export or import my Android Studio project in the ZIP?

You may have started making an app for the first time in Android Studio. And after many hours of work, you even had to activate the dark mode theme in Android Studio, to avoid eyestrain. Logically, what follows is to know how you can export it in a ZIP file.

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After finishing your work in Android Studio; the last step will be to share your application; you can do that by exporting your project to a ZIP format file. Since an Android Studio project is always composed of many folders and files of various extensions such as: XML, JAR, TXT, PNG, among others.

You can export your project to a ZIP file in 2 different ways: the first is the simplest and most direct since the compression is performed directly by the options of the IDE’s graphical environment and the second is by sharing your project on Github site. , so that it can later be downloaded from the said page as a ZIP file.

You can directly export your project to ZIP format from version 3.0 of Android Studio in 2 ways: by selecting the menu option “File> Export to zip file” , or by right-clicking with the mouse on the applications folder, put the cursor on “Send to” and select the option to take it to ZIP.

Exporting to Github consists of 4 steps, as long as we already have that option previously configured in Android Studio:

  1. Go to the project window and select Android (we will only see the App folder and the necessary code).
  2. We click on the option “VCS> Import from Version Control> Share Project on Github”.
  3. We put the name and description of the project.
  4. We put a message to confirm and we can check to select or deselect each of the files that we are going to upload.

Importing to ZIP is simple since you only need to go to the option “File> New> Import Project”. If the project is properly packaged; it will be saved and opened automatically in a matter of minutes in the Android Studio interface.

Android Studio is a powerful tool for programming applications; Knowing it thoroughly is important to make our work more efficient. Undoubtedly one of them is to know how to import and export our projects to a ZIP file, and then learn to upload an update of an app to Google Play with Android Studio when you have your final version ready.