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Android Studio: create Java project with no Android dependencies

It’s possible to add pure Java module to existing Android project.

But is it possible to create pure Java project with no Android dependencies?



Yes, it is possible. You have to manually create all necessary files.

Here are steps for Gradle based project:

  1. Remove include ‘:app’ form settings.gradle
  2. Remove app directory
  3. Replace build.gradle with example from end of this post (IntelliJ creates similar)
  4. Create folder hierarchy for your Java code (src/main/java) enter image description here
  5. Select Edit Configuration from drop down menu where normally you start project

  6. Click Add new Configuration and select Application enter image description here

  7. In Main class point your Main class.

Android studio is more or less like IntelliJ Community Edition.

apply plugin: 'java'

sourceCompatibility = 1.8
version = '1.0'

repositories {

dependencies {
    testCompile group: 'junit', name: 'junit', version: '4.11'
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