Overlay AIR SDK on Flex SDK | Flash Builder

The instructions below reference specific versions of the Flex and AIR SDKs: Flex SDK 4.6.0 and AIR SDK 3.4. The instructions, however, are general. You can follow these instructions to overlay any version of the AIR SDK on any version of the Flex SDK.


If the Flex SDK is newer than the AIR SDK, it can rely on AIR functionality that isn't present, resulting in compile-time or runtime errors.

  1. Exit Flash Builder.

  2. (Optional) Back up the Flex SDK by copying the entire directory.

    In Flash Builder, for example, copy the directory at:

    • Windows: C:/Program Files/Adobe/Flash Builder 4.7/sdks/4.6.0

    • Mac OS: /Applications/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7/sdks/4.6.0

  3. Download the appropriate AIR SDK file for your operating system from http://www.adobe.com/products/air/sdk/, and save it to the root directory of the Flex SDK.

    •  Windows: AdobeAIRSDK.zip

    •  Mac OS: AdobeAIRSDK.dmg

  4. Extract the contents of the AIR SDK archive and overwrite the existing SDK files.

    • Windows: Right-click the ZIP file and select Extract All, or use a decompression tool of your choice.

    • Mac OS: In Terminal, run these commands:

      • hdiutil attach AdobeAIRSDK.dmg
      • cp -rf /Volumes/AIR\ SDK/* /path-to-empty-FLEXSDK-directory
    • If you have trouble overwriting files due to file permissions, try these commands:

      • sudo hdiutil attach AdobeAIRSDK.dmg
      • sudo cp -rf /Volumes/AIR\ SDK/* /path-to-empty-FLEXSDK-directory
  5. (Optional) To access the new AIR 3.4 APIs, update your application descriptor file to the 3.4 namespace.

    To update the namespace, change the xmlns attribute in your application descriptor to: <application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/3.4">

  6. (Optional) To ensure that the output SWF file targets SWF version 17, pass an additional compiler argument: -swf-version=17.

    For detailed instructions, see this article.


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