Solving 'No CPU ABI System Image Available for This Target' Error

When developing Android apps, developers may encounter the error message 'No CPU ABI system image available for this target'. This error message indicates that the Android SDK does not have the necessary system image for the device or emulator being targeted. In this guide, we'll provide a step-by-step solution to fix this error and get back to developing your Android app.

Step-by-Step Solution

Open Android Studio and click on the SDK Manager icon in the top right corner of the window.

In the SDK Manager window, click on the 'SDK Platforms' tab.

Scroll down to find the Android version that you are targeting and check the box next to it.

After selecting the Android version, click on the 'SDK Tools' tab.

Scroll down to find the 'Android Emulator' and 'Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM Installer)' tools.

Check the boxes next to these tools and click on the 'Apply' button to install them.

Once the installation is complete, close the SDK Manager window and restart Android Studio.

After restarting, create a new Android Virtual Device (AVD) or edit an existing one.

In the 'AVD Manager' window, select your device or emulator and click on the 'Edit' button.

In the 'Virtual Device Configuration' window, select the 'ABI' dropdown menu.

Select the system image that matches your device or emulator.

Click on the 'Finish' button to save the changes.

  1. Run your app on the device or emulator to confirm that the error has been fixed.


Q1. What is a CPU ABI system image?

A1. A CPU ABI system image is a specific version of the Android operating system that is compiled to run on a specific processor architecture.

Q2. Why do I need to install the Android Emulator and Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator?

A2. The Android Emulator and Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator allow you to run Android apps on your computer without the need for a physical device.

Q3. Can I install multiple system images for the same Android version?

A3. Yes, you can install multiple system images for the same Android version. This allows you to test your app on different devices or emulators.

Q4. What should I do if the error message persists after following the steps in this guide?

A4. If the error message persists, try updating your Android SDK to the latest version or creating a new virtual device with a different system image.

Q5. Can I use this guide to fix the same error message on other development platforms?

A5. No, this guide is specific to Android development using Android Studio. Other development platforms may have different solutions for similar error messages.

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