[SOLVED] Gradle sync failed: Cause: compileSdkVersion is not specified

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I am trying to test my ionic app in android studio. It is throwing the below error.

Gradle sync failed: Cause: compileSdkVersion is not specified.

Any solution for this ? What am I doing wrong.

Here is my build.gradle file

apply plugin: 'com.android.application'

buildscript {
    repositories {
        maven {
            url "https://maven.google.com"
    dependencies {
        classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:3.0.0'

// Allow plugins to declare Maven dependencies via build-extras.gradle.

allprojects {
    repositories {

task wrapper(type: Wrapper) {
    gradleVersion = '4.1.0'

dependencies {
    testImplementation 'junit:junit:4.12'
    androidTestImplementation 'com.android.support.test:runner:+'
    androidTestImplementation 'com.android.support.test.espresso:espresso-core:+'
    implementation 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:27.+'


You are using android support library of 27.+ so you will have to give sdk version 27 as compileSdkVersion and targetSdkVersion otherwise your project does not know for which platform your project should be built. These parameter should be given in android directory like this in build.gradle(app):

android {
    compileSdkVersion 27
    buildToolsVersion '27.0.3'
    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.example.abc.test"
        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'

Just paste this code below apply plugin: 'com.android.application' this line

Answered By – Ghulam Moinul Quadir

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