Execution failed app:processDebugResources Android Studio

The question:

I’m using bitbucket so I can work with other developer but it seems that we can’t get it to work flawlessly. I got this error after pulling the changes from him:

Execution failed for task ':app:processDebugResources'.
> com.android.ide.common.internal.LoggedErrorException: Failed to run command:
    E:Program Files (x86)Androidandroid-sdkbuild-tools19.0.0aapt.exe package -f --no-crunch -I E:Program Files (x86)Androidandroid-sdkplatformsandroid-19android.jar -M E:Documentssmart-my-job1appbuildmanifestsdebugAndroidManifest.xml -S E:Documentssmart-my-job1appbuildresalldebug -A E:Documentssmart-my-job1appbuildassetsdebug -m -J E:Documentssmart-my-job1appbuildsourcerdebug -F E:Documentssmart-my-job1appbuildlibsapp-debug.ap_ --debug-mode --custom-package com.smartmyjob
Error Code:

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

For me it helped to change the version of buildTools to:

buildToolsVersion "21.0.1"

You will find this setting inside the file app/build.gradle.

Method 2

You’re hitting bug https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=42752. The cause usually seems to be a reference to a nonexistent string in one of your menu resources.

Method 3

For me it was that I forgot to install the 32bit dependencies:

sudo apt-get install -y lib32gcc1 libc6-i386 lib32z1 lib32stdc++6
sudo apt-get install -y lib32ncurses5 lib32gomp1 lib32z1-dev lib32bz2-dev

Method 4

aapt is 32 bit so will not execute on a 64 bit box until 32 bit architecture is enabled

dpkg --print-foreign-architectures  #  if prints nothing then below is fix

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386  #  add a 32 bit architecture to box

sudo apt-get install -y lib32gcc1 libc6-i386 lib32z1 lib32stdc++6

sudo apt-get install -y lib32ncurses5 lib32gomp1 lib32z1-dev

it work for me.

Method 5

I had the same problem and fixed it doing a ./gradlew clean build! Give it a try and if that doesn’t work, try ./gradlew --refresh-dependencies after and you should be good to go.

Method 6

My answer may seem a bit too late, but i happened to come across this same error in Android Studio after upgrading the SDK to API 21. I tried all the solutions i came across here on this site and https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=61308. Here’s how i eventually resoled this error:
I opened the app’s gradle.build file and changed it from this:

android {
    compileSdkVersion 21
    buildToolsVersion "21.0.0"

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.abundantideas.layoutsample"
        minSdkVersion 8
        targetSdkVersion 21
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"

to that:

android {
    compileSdkVersion 21
    buildToolsVersion "20.0.0"

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.abundantideas.layoutsample"
        minSdkVersion 8
        targetSdkVersion 20
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"

I lowered the buildToolsVersion and the targetSdkVersion values back to 20 which i knew was working fine before the upgrade. It looks like API 21 was causing problems for Gradle, in my case. I hope this will help others too.

Method 7

In my case, I cleaned the project (Menubar -> Build -> Clean Project) and then did the build again. It worked.

Method 8

In my case i had two declaration of

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

in my vector drawable icon

all i had to do was delete one

Method 9

In my Case Problem solved with Instant Run Disable in Android Studio 3.1.2
Android Instant Raun Disable

Method 10

I encountered Execution failed app:processDebugResources Android Studio after upgrading SDK repository. I use Android Studio 1.5.1, target SDK version 23. I was using buildToolsVersion 21.0.1 previously, changing buildToolsVersion to 21.1.2 solved my problem.

You might want to how I find version 21.1.2 suitable. It was recommended by Android Studio after successfully upgraded my SDK.

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After changing buildToolsVersion to 21.1.2 (refer to my version settings below), you need to synchronize your Gradle build mechanism.

apply plugin: 'com.android.application'

android {
    compileSdkVersion 23
    buildToolsVersion "21.1.2"

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "mm.weboffice"
        minSdkVersion 14
        targetSdkVersion 23
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
    buildTypes {
        release {
            minifyEnabled false
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'

dependencies {
    compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
    compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:23.0.1'
    compile 'com.android.support:cardview-v7:23.0.1'
    compile 'com.android.support:recyclerview-v7:23.0.1'
    compile 'com.android.support:design:23.0.1'
    compile 'com.android.support:support-v4:23.0.1'

Android Studio will prompt you to sync Gradle or you can go to “menubar > File > Synchronize” to trigger synchronization manually. Android Studio will rebuild your project after the synchronization.

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I know there are many issues with the SDK database and configuration, my proposed solution may not fix all problems. But if you encounter the similar error after upgrading SDK repository, I hope my post solve your hassle. Good luck!

Method 11

In my case I tried to change buildToolsVersion in gradle, but it didn’t help me. My problem was fixed when I found drawable which called example.PNG. It should be example.png;
There were no messages about wrong resource name, but after I renamed file, gradle built project fine.

Method 12

If it is not your build tools, check your strings, styles, attrs, … XML files and ensure they are correct.
For example a string with an empty name-attribute

<string name="">Test"</string>

or a previously undefined attr without a format specified (attrs.xml):

<declare-styleable name="MediaGridView">
    <attr name="allowVideo"/>

Method 13

Run gradle with --stacktrace option to see more information, what’s wrong.

Method 14

Banged my head around this for 2 days.

TL;DR – Got this error since My app name contained ‘-‘.

Turn out android does not allowed that.
After running gradlew build --stacktrace inside android directory – got an error that implies that.

Method 15

it may help in the android studio 3.2.1 app build gradle it should be like

android {
    compileSdkVersion 27
    buildToolsVersion '28.0.3'
    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.sample.mvphelloworld"
        minSdkVersion 21
        targetSdkVersion 27
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
        testInstrumentationRunner "android.support.test.runner.AndroidJUnitRunner"
    buildTypes {
        release {
            minifyEnabled false
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'

dependencies {
       implementation fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
       compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:27.1.1'
       implementation 'com.android.support.constraint:constraint-layout:1.1.3'
       testImplementation 'junit:junit:4.12'
       androidTestImplementation 'com.android.support.test:runner:1.0.2'
       androidTestImplementation 'com.android.support.test.espresso:espresso- 

Gradle to 4.6
plugin version to 3.2.1

Method 16

Getting this error, I did a build with –info (gradle –info build). It reported that it could not open libz.so.1, due to wrong ELFCLASS. It needs
a 32 bit version of libz. I had to download the source, change the Makefile
to gcc -m32, and install the 32 bit glibc development package (dnf install
glibc-devel.i686). After making and installing this 32 bit library, I disabled the 64 bit one.

Then all went well.

Method 17

I had the same problem, and since this question was the first hit on google, I’ll add my solution too.
For me, it was a missing format attribute in an attr element in res/values/attrs.xml.

Method 18

This worked for me just by restarting android studio 2 times :D.
I’m using Android Studio 2.1.

Method 19

I solved it by changing build tools version 21.0.1 to 20.0.0

Method 20

I have removed all folder inside appbuild folder and run again it works for me.


Method 21

In my case, crashlytics (Fabric.io) was generating files that conflicted at some point and a second file was automatically generated with an invalid name.

Long story short: Check if you don’t have any filenames with invalid lengths, you should be warned above the original exception.

Method 22

I got this problem after deleting the logs I resolved this by rebuilding the project

Method 23

go to Gradle panel and run it by double click on it
on message line it show you where your project are error
for example maybe you have a sound or movie or a file or … that it compact in your project on the google android
i’m really sorry that my English is really very poor

Method 24

You get this error when you use Java keywords in your resources name.

Method 25

Had the same problem. I changed the file build.gradle inside the app folder from this:
compileSdkVersion 23
buildToolsVersion “23.0.2”

defaultConfig {
    applicationId "com.vastsoftware.family.farmingarea"
    minSdkVersion 11
    targetSdkVersion 23
    versionCode 1
    versionName "1.0"

to this:

compileSdkVersion 23
buildToolsVersion “21.0.2”

defaultConfig {
    applicationId "com.vastsoftware.family.farmingarea"
    minSdkVersion 11
    targetSdkVersion 21
    versionCode 1
    versionName "1.0"

and worked perfectly! hope it works for you too!

Method 26

I had Same problem and soved by moved

ic_launcher.png files from drawable folder to mipmap folder.

Method 27

For me it was an error with my resources, Just changed the resources of my project in resources folder and res folder(i.e. for android) and it worked fine.

Build Successful

Total Time: 1 min 10.034 secs

Method 28

There may be some errors in your layouts like android:id="@id/ instead of android:id="@+id/.... At least that was the cause for my exception.

Method 29

Check if any SDK platform was partially installed. If it does, reinstall it.

Method 30

I stumbled upon this error while updating my Android studio to 3.0.1 from 2.3. After trying all the solutions above, i found that the issue was with the Build tools version. I was using an unsupported version of build tools. I changed mine as below and it worked.

buildToolsVersion '26.0.2'

As a rule of thumb always try to use the latest version of Build tools supported by your Gradle version. From version 3.0.0 of Gradle, you don’t need to specify the build tools version as this is picked up automatically.

3.0.0 (October 2017) : Android plugin for Gradle 3.0.0

With this update, you no longer need to specify a version for the
build tools—the plugin uses the minimum required version by default.
So, you can now remove the android.buildToolsVersion property.


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