[Fixed] "Could not initialize class com.android.build.gradle.internal.dsl.decorator.AndroidPluginDslDecoratorKt" Error in android studio – Android

Ali Hasan
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Quick Fix: Update the version of Gradle plugin to 7.4.2 in build.gradle file and Gradle distribution URL to 7.5 in gradle-wrapper.properties.

The Problem:

Android Studio users encounter a "Could not initialize class com.android.build.gradle.internal.dsl.decorator.AndroidPluginDslDecoratorKt" error while working with a newly created project. Upon further investigation, an additional error, "java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/objectweb/asm/commons/Method", also appears. Despite attempting to modify classpaths and plugin implementation methods, the project fails to build, clean, or rebuild.

The Solutions:

Solution 1: Update Gradle and Android Plugin Versions

Update the classpath for the Android Gradle plugin in the app’s `build.gradle` file. Replace the following dependency:

classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:7.2.0'

With this one:

classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:7.4.2'

Also, update the Gradle distribution URL in the `gradle-wrapper.properties` file. Change it from:




Solution 2: Modify classpath

In some cases, the error can be resolved by modifying the classpath in the build.gradle file. For instance, if you’re using the Google Services plugin, you may encounter this error. To fix it, change the classpath from ‘com.google.gms:google-services:4.4.0’ to ‘com.google.gms:google-services:4.3.0’:

classpath 'com.google.gms:google-services:4.3.0'


What is the actual error?

You are getting the error because your build.gradle file is using an outdated version of the Android Gradle plugin.

Is there any dependency issue?

Yes, you need to update the classpath dependency in your build.gradle file to use a newer version of the Android Gradle plugin, such as ‘com.android.tools.build:gradle:7.4.2’.

How to fix google play services?

If you are using google play services, then you need to change the classpath ‘com.google.gms:google-services:4.4.0’ to ‘com.google.gms:google-services:4.3.0’.

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