How to Install ADB & Fastboot on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 14.04

This tutorial is going to show you how to install ADB & fastboot on Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04, 16.10, which is quite easy.

What is ADB and Fastboot

ADB and fastboot are two components of the Android SDK Platform-Tools.

ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge. It’s a command line utility that allows you to do the following stuff:

  • Control your Android device over USB from your computer
  • Copy files back and forth
  • install and uninstall apps
  • run shell commands
  • and much more

Fastboot is a command line tool for flashing and Android device, boot an Android device to fastboot mode, etc…

How to Install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 14.04

It’s super easy. Simply run the following commands in a terminal window to install them from Ubuntu repository.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

To check ADB version, run

adb version

Sample output:

Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.32

Enable USB Debugging on Your Android Device

While you Android device is unplugged from USB, go to your Android settings, scroll all the way down and tap About phone or About device. Then tap Build number 7 times which makes you a developer.

Now go back to the settings, you will see a new button called Developer options. Tap that button and enable USB debugging.

Test the Installation

To check if ADB is working properly, connect your Android device to your Ubuntu computer via USB cable. After that, type the following command in your Ubuntu terminal window.

adb devices

You will be prompted to allow USB debugging from Ubuntu computer like the screenshot below. Select OK.

adb ubuntu

Then type run adb devices command again and your Android device will show up.

adb ubuntu install

If you get the following error,

????????????    no permissions

Then all you need to do is restart adb daemon, run

sudo adb kill-server


sudo adb start-server

That’s it!

I hope this tutorial helped you install adb and fastboot on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10 and Ubuntu 14.04.  As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter or follow us on Google+, Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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