# PST3 (PoyntC) Emulator Setup

# Windows Instructions

If you wish to begin developing applications for GoDaddy Poynt using our PST3 Emulator and you are currently using a Windows Machine, you can follow the instructions below to successfully install the emulator.

# Prerequisites

  • Windows 8/10 64-bit
  • 8GB RAM and 8GB disk space
  • Android SDK with API level 29 (Android 10)
  • Android SDK Command-line Tools
  • Java JDK
  • Python (for installation scripts)

# Accessing the Command Prompt

To begin the installation process for the Poynt C emulator, you must open a terminal window by searching and selecting the Command Prompt on your computer.

command prompt

The following steps will require you to execute a series of actions in the Command Prompt. Make sure to verify the tools you have already installed or follow the instructions to install the new ones.

# Setting up Android SDK

All Poynt emulators are Android-based; for this reason, they require Android SDK to run correctly.


If you are an Android software developer and have already installed Android SDK, you may skip this step. If you haven’t, or you are unsure, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Download and install the latest version of Android SDK using Android Studio's official documentation (opens new window).

  2. Take note of the installation path for Android SDK. The environment variable for this tool will require further configuration.

    • On Windows devices, the path should be: C:\Users\**username**\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk
  3. Verify the installation path with the command cd AppData\Local\Android\Sdk

Androidsdk path

# Setting up Java


If you have already installed JDK, you may skip this step. If you haven’t, or you are unsure, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Follow the link to download AdoptOpenJDK v8. (opens new window)

  2. Install the downloaded OpenJDK8U-jdk_x64_windows_hotspot_8322b06.msi file.

  3. Take note of the installation path for JDK.

    • For Windows, by default, the path should be: c:\Program Files\Temurin\<package> and you should be able to update the JAVA_HOME environment variable on the custom setup screen during the installation.
jdk variable

  1. Restart your computer to complete the installation.

  2. Verify the installation by running java -version on the command line. The outcome should look similar to the image below.

java version

# Configuring the environment variables

Environment variables are in charge of storing information about the system for applications to run smoothly. In our case, they contain the paths to Android SDK, JDK, and the Poynt emulator information. If these paths are not properly configured, the Poynt emulator installation script will not execute correctly.

  1. Open the Advanced System Settings interface on your computer.
advanced settings

  1. Click on "Environment Variables" and select the option to add new variables.
env vars setting

  1. Create the variables outlined in the table below and add their corresponding values.
Variable Name Configuration
ANDROID_HOME Place the Android SDK installation path as the value.
EMULATOR_REPO_PATH Paste the following link into the value of the variable: https://gd-commsplat-prod-emulator.s3.amazonaws.com/custom-emulator/android10
EMULATOR_SERIAL Add the value P6EMUA followed by 8 random digits of your choice. This will be the terminal ID for your emulator.
OUT_DIR Enter the recommended "C:\users\username" path for the emulator. The script `start-poynt-emulator` will be placed here after the installation
EMULATOR_NAME Enter the name of the Android Virtual Device (Poynt_PST3).


Please make sure your EMULATOR_SERIAL variable is made up of truly random numbers. Combinations like 123456... may already be in use and will be rejected.

  1. Save your changes and click on OK to close the interface.

  2. Open a new command prompt window to allow these values to take effect.

  3. Confirm that the environment variables are being used correctly by displaying their values using the following commands:

echo %JAVA_HOME%
echo %OUT_DIR%

The output should look similar to the image below.

echo env vars

# Creating a Virtual Device

  1. Open the AVD Manager in Android Studio.
Virtual Device 1
  1. Click on the Create device button.
Virtual Device 2
  1. Then select the New Hardware Profile option.
Virtual Device 3
  1. Set the device name, resolution, RAM, Orientation and Camera options.
Virtual Device
  1. Select and download the API Level 29.
Virtual Device2
  1. After that, you must click on Next and Finish to create the device.
Virtual Device3


Please remember to use the same name as the EMULATOR_NAME variable.

  1. Once you come back to the initial page, you should see a new virtual device. You click on it to begin the launch process.
Virtual Device4


Please remember to keep the Virtual Device Manager tab open while you are installing and starting the emulator using the corresponding scripts

# Installing the Poynt emulator

For this section, please follow the link to download the install-poynt-emulator.bat (opens new window) and execute it in the Command Line from the directory of the file using the script install-poynt-emulator.bat.

The installation should take a while to complete. However, you can follow the download with the progress indicator at the bottom of the screen.


# Starting the Poynt emulator

If the command line install-poynt-emulator.bat was executed correctly, you can start the emulator by running the generated script start-poynt-emulator.bat from the path you specified in %OUT_DIR%:

After executing the command, a welcome screen will be displayed and the Poynt emulator will become operational.

emulator start

Great job! You have successfully installed the Poynt C Emulator.


To learn more about the configuration process, please refer to the Activation section in the official documentation.

Last Updated: 12/14/2023, 9:21:48 AM