Finding the libs folder in Android Studio

Posted on Jun 02, 2022

Learn how you can find the libs folder in Android Studio

You can add any external libraries required by your Android project in a libs/ folder.

Usually, a library in .jar format needs to be included in the libs/ folder.

When you create a mobile app project using Android Studio, an empty libs/ folder was generated for your project.

But to see the folder, you need to change the project structure from Android to Project first.

See the example below:

Once you change the structure view, you should be able to find the libs/ folder inside the app/ module as shown below:

When you don’t see the libs/ folder inside the app/ module, then you may have deleted the folder accidentally.

You need to create a new libs/ folder by right-clicking on the app/ module, then select New > Directory from the context menu. Name the new directory as libs.

Now that you have the libs/ folder, you can move the .jar libraries that your project requires to that folder.

For example, here we have added Retrofit and Glide jar files to the libs/ folder

Once you add the jar files, open the build.gradle file inside the app/ module and add the jar files reference in the dependencies scope.

See the highlighted example below:

dependencies {
    implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1'
    implementation ''
    implementation 'androidx.constraintlayout:constraintlayout:2.1.3'
    implementation files('libs/retrofit-2.9.0.jar')
    implementation files('libs/glide-3.6.0.jar')

Finally, you need to sync your project and let Gradle get the dependencies.

Once Gradle sync is finished, you can import the jar libraries in your source code:

import com.bumptech.glide.Glide;
import retrofit2.Retrofit;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
    // ...

Alternatively, you can also select the jar files, then right-click on one of them to bring up the context menu.

Select the Add As Library.. option as shown below:

The Add As Library.. option will add the jar files as dependencies to your build.gradle file and sync it automatically.

Now you’ve learned how to find the libs/ folder in Android Studio.

You’ve also seen how you can add the jar files as dependencies in your build.gradle file. Good work! 👍

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