Bug 18203 - Build error - Could not find SDK Directory
Summary: Build error - Could not find SDK Directory
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 14918
Alias: None
Product: Visual Studio Extensions
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Android ()
Version: 0.x Insider Preview
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: dean.ellis
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-03-05 19:32 UTC by cmarrades
Modified: 2014-03-06 07:26 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

Build error screenshot (10.17 KB, image/png)
2014-03-05 19:32 UTC, cmarrades

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Description cmarrades 2014-03-05 19:32:09 UTC
Created attachment 6235 [details]
Build error screenshot


I get the following error when compiling:

Error	1	error XA0000: Unexpected error - Please file a bug report at http://bugzilla.xamarin.com. Reason: Could not find SDK directory 'C:\Users\César\AppData\Local\Android\android-sdk'. 

Could be related with the current user name? It´s "César", but the path resolves to a different one...
Comment 1 Sadik Ali 2014-03-06 02:38:21 UTC
I checked this issue on below environments:

Window 7
VS 2013, 12
XA 4.12.0

To check this issue I followed below steps:

1. Created folder with name "César"
2. Put Android SDK into folder "César"
3. Set this SDK path
4. Debug android sample application.
5. Noticed that below error is generated

Error    1    error XA0000: Unexpected error - Please file a bug report at
http://bugzilla.xamarin.com. Reason: Could not find SDK directory 'D:\César\SDK\AndroidSDK'

This is happening when I changed folder name "César"

Refer screen cast: http://screencast.com/t/6AjIUVKUAu
Comment 2 cmarrades 2014-03-06 03:54:23 UTC
Hi, do you have any temporal solution for this issue?

I´m with the trial version of 30 days and can´t really do much with this bug...

Comment 3 dean.ellis 2014-03-06 04:04:53 UTC
This is a duplicate of bug 14918. 

For now if you only have 30 days I would use a user (or paths) which do to contain accented characters. 
This is also a problem for the google android tooling see bug https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=3943

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 14918 ***
Comment 4 cmarrades 2014-03-06 04:07:32 UTC

Thanks for your response.

Is there any way to easily change the "Android SDK folder" without reinstalling, or switching to other user name?
Comment 5 dean.ellis 2014-03-06 04:17:47 UTC
The unified installer always puts the sdk's into the app data directory. I found the best way to avoid this is to manually install the android sdk to somewhere central (like c:\android ) you can then set the SDK location in Tools->Options->Xamarin Android.

You might be able to get away with a copy and paste (try this first) from  




make sure you get both the android-sdk and ndk folders. Then update the settings in Visual Studio.
Comment 6 cmarrades 2014-03-06 07:26:20 UTC

Seems it works now.