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What is ADB? ADB Latest Commands List

By Chandan Singh 0 Comment August 30, 2019

In this article, you will learn what is ADB? ADB Latest Command Lists, ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is, why users need it, and how to manage it using commands in the Android terminal. Well, let’s begin to study adb android commands. ADB (android debug bridge) is a debugging tool, detecting errors in applications, unlocking devices on Android OS and much more.

Adb android and Linux commands

Adb commands can be divided into 3 types, directly for the Adb command, FastBoot and the Android command.

Lets discuss some useful adb commands:

adb devices

Prints a list of all attached emulator/device

adb devices

In response, return serial number and state 

f5c36489        device

emulator-4445  device

adb forward

forward socket connections

adb forward <local> <remote>

adb forward tcp:8000 tcp:9000 set up forwarding of host port 8000 to emulator/device port 9000

adb kill-server

terminates the adb server process

adb kill-server

Notes: kill the server if it is running. (terminal adb process)

adb connect

use ADB over Wi-Fi

adb connect <host>[:<port>]

STEP 1.

Connect to the device over USB.

STEP 2.

adb devices

List of devices attached
######## device

Notes: STEP 1,2 is required

STEP 3.

adb tcpip 5555

restarting in TCP mode port: 5555

STEP 4.

Find out the IP address of the Android device: Settings -> About -> Status -> IP address. Remember the IP address, of the form #.#.#.#.

STEP 5.

adb connect #.#.#.#

connected to #.#.#.#:5555

STEP 6.

Remove USB cable from device, and confirm you can still access device:

adb devices

List of devices attached
#.#.#.#:5555 device

Notes: Make sure that your host is still connected to the same Wi-Fi network your Android device is.

adb usb

restarting ADB in USB mode.

adb usb

adb install

Pushes an Android application (specified as a full path to an .apk file) to an emulator/device.

adb install [option] <path>

adb install test.apk

adb install -l test.apk forward lock application

adb install -r test.apk replace existing application

adb install -t test.apk allow test packages

adb install -s test.apk install application on sdcard

adb install -d test.apk allow version code downgrade

adb install -p test.apk partial application install

adb uninstall

Removes a package from the emulator/device.

adb uninstall [options] <PACKAGE>

adb uninstall com.test.app

adb uninstall -k com.test.app Keep the data and cache directories around aft

adb shell pm list packages

Prints all packages, optionally only those whose package name contains the text in <FILTER>.

adb shell pm list packages [options] <FILTER>

adb shell pm list packages

adb shell pm list packages -f See their associated file.

adb shell pm list packages -d Filter to only show disabled packages.

adb shell pm list packages -e Filter to only show enabled packages.

adb shell pm list packages -s Filter to only show system packages.

adb shell pm list packages -3 Filter to only show third party packages.

adb shell pm list packages -i See the installer for the packages.

adb shell pm list packages -u Also include uninstalled packages.

adb shell pm list packages –user <USER_ID> The user space to query.

adb shell pm path

Print the path to the APK of the given <PACKAGE>.

adb shell pm path <PACKAGE>

adb shell pm path com.android.phone

package:/system/priv-app/TeleService/TeleService.apk

adb shell pm clear

Deletes all data associated with a package.

adb shell pm clear <PACKAGE>

adb shell pm clear com.test.abc

Notes: clearing app data, cache

adb pull

Download a specified file from an emulator/device to your computer.

adb pull <remote> [local]

adb pull /sdcard/demo.mp4

download /sdcard/demo.mp4  to <android-sdk-path>/platform-tools directory.

adb pull /sdcard/demo.mp4 e:\

download /sdcard/demo.mp4 to drive E.

adb push

Upload a specified file from your computer to an emulator/device.

adb push <local> <remote>

adb push test.apk /sdcard

Copies <android-sdk-path>/platform-tools/test.apk to /sdcard directory.

adb push d:\test.apk /sdcard

Copies d:\test.apk to /sdcard directory.

adb shell ls

list directory contents

ls [options] <directory>

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

ls

ls -a do not hide entries starting with

ls -i print index number of each file

ls -s print size of each file, in blocks

ls -n list numeric UIDs and GIDs

ls -R list subdirectories recursively

Notes: press Ctrl-C to stop

adb shell cd

change directory

cd <directory>

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

cd /system

adb shell rm

remove files or directories

rm [options] <files or directory>

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

rm /sdcard/test.txt

rm -f /sdcard/test.txt force remove without prompt

rm -r /sdcard/tmp remove the contents of directories recursively

rm -d /sdcard/tmp remove directory, even if it is a non-empty directory

Notes: rm -d equal rmdir command

rm -i /sdcard/test.txt prompt before any removal

adb shell mkdir

make directories

mkdir [options] <directory name>

mkdir /sdcard/tmp

mkdir -m 777 /sdcard/tmp set permission mode

mkdir -p /sdcard/tmp/sub1/sub2 create parent directories as needed

adb shell touch

create empty file or change file timestamps

touch [options] <file>

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

touch /sdcard/tmp/test.txt

ls /sdcard/tmp

adb shell pwd

print current working directory location.

pwd

adb shell cp

copy files and directories

cp [options] <source> <dest>

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

cp /sdcard/test.txt /sdcard/demo.txt

adb shell mv

move or rename files

mv [options] <source> <dest>

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

mv /sdcard/tmp /system/tmp move

mv /sdcard/tmp /sdcard/test rename

adb shell netstat

network statistics

netstat

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

netstat

adb shell ping

test the connection and latency between two network connection.

ping [-aAbBdDfhLnOqrRUvV] [-c count] [-i interval] [-I interface]
[-m mark] [-M pmtudisc_option] [-l preload] [-p pattern] [-Q tos]
[-s packetsize] [-S sndbuf] [-t ttl] [-T timestamp_option]
[-w deadline] [-W timeout] [hop1 …] destination

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

ping www.google.com

Notes: press Ctrl-C to stop ping

ping www.google.com -c 4

adb shell netcfg

configure and manage network connections via profiles

netcfg [<interface> {dhcp|up|down}]

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

netcfg

adb shell ip

show, manipulate routing, devices, policy routing and tunnels

ip [ OPTIONS ] OBJECT

OBJECT := { link | addr | addrlabel | route | rule | neigh | ntable |tunnel | tuntap | maddr | mroute | mrule | monitor | xfrm |netns | l2tp }

OPTIONS := { -V[ersion] | -s[tatistics] | -d[etails] | -r[esolve] |-f[amily] { inet | inet6 | ipx | dnet | link } |-l[oops] { maximum-addr-flush-attempts } |-o[neline] | -t[imestamp] | -b[atch] [filename] |-rc[vbuf] [size]}

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

ip -f inet addr show wlan0 show WiFi IP Address

adb logcat

Prints log data to the screen.

adb logcat [option] [filter-specs]

adb logcat

Notes: press Ctrl-C to stop monitor

adb logcat *:V lowest priority, filter to only show Verbose level

adb logcat *:D filter to only show Debug level

adb logcat *:I filter to only show Info level

adb logcat *:W filter to only show Warning level

adb logcat *:E filter to only show Error level

adb logcat *:F filter to only show Fatal level

adb logcat *:S Silent, highest priority, on which nothing is ever printed

adb logcat -b <Buffer>

adb logcat -b radio View the buffer that contains radio/telephony related messages.

adb logcat -b event View the buffer containing events-related messages.

adb logcat -b main default

adb logcat -c Clears the entire log and exits.

adb logcat -d Dumps the log to the screen and exits.

adb logcat -f test.logs Writes log message output to test.logs .

adb logcat -g Prints the size of the specified log buffer and exits.

adb logcat -n <count> Sets the maximum number of rotated logs to <count>. 

Notes: The default value is 4. Requires the -r option.

adb logcat -r <kbytes> Rotates the log file every <kbytes> of output.

Notes: The default value is 16. Requires the -f option.

adb logcat -s Sets the default filter spec to silent.

adb logcat -v <format>

adb logcat -v brief Display priority/tag and PID of the process issuing the message (default format).

adb logcat -v process Display PID only.)

adb logcat -v tag Display the priority/tag only.

adb logcat -v raw Display the raw log message, with no other metadata fields.

adb logcat -v time Display the date, invocation time, priority/tag, and PID of the process issuing the message.

adb logcat -v threadtime Display the date, invocation time, priority, tag, and the PID and TID of the thread issuing the message.

adb logcat -v long Display all metadata fields and separate messages with blank lines.

adb shell dumpsys

dumps system data

adb shell dumpsys [options]

adb shell dumpsys

adb shell dumpsys meminfo

adb shell dumpsys battery

Notes: A mobile device with Developer Options enabled running Android 5.0 or higher.

adb shell dumpsys batterystats collects battery data from your device

adb shell dumpstate

dumps state

adb shell dumpstate

adb shell dumpstate > state.logs dumps state to a file

adb shell screencap

taking a screenshot of a device display.

adb shell screencap <filename>

adb shell screencap /sdcard/screen.png

download the file from the device

adb pull /sdcard/screen.png

adb shell screenrecord

recording the display of devices running Android 4.4 (API level 19) and higher.

adb shell screenrecord [options] <filename>

adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/demo.mp4

(press Ctrl-C to stop recording)

download the file from the device

adb pull /sdcard/demo.mp4

Notes: Stop the screen recording by pressing Ctrl-C, otherwise the recording stops automatically at three minutes or the time limit set by –time-limit.

adb shell screenrecord –size <WIDTHxHEIGHT>

Sets the video size: 1280×720. The default value is the device’s native display resolution (if supported), 1280×720 if not. For best results, use a size supported by your device’s Advanced Video Coding (AVC) encoder.

adb shell screenrecord –bit-rate <RATE>

Sets the video bit rate for the video, in megabits per second. The default value is 4Mbps. You can increase the bit rate to improve video quality, but doing so results in larger movie files. The following example sets the recording bit rate to 5Mbps: adb shell screenrecord –bit-rate 5000000 /sdcard/demo.mp4

adb shell screenrecord –time-limit <TIME>

Sets the maximum recording time, in seconds. The default and maximum value is 180 (3 minutes).

adb shell screenrecord –rotate

Rotates the output 90 degrees. This feature is experimental.

adb shell screenrecord –verbose

Displays log information on the command-line screen. If you do not set this option, the utility does not display any information while running.

adb root

restarts the adbd daemon with root permissions

adb root

Notes: adbd cannot run as root in production builds (test in emulator)

adb sideload

flashing/restoring Android update.zip packages.

adb sideload <update.zip>

Notes: adb reboot sideload [Android M+]

adb shell ps

print process status

ps [options]

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2. 

ps

ps -p

adb shell top

display top CPU processes

top [options]

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

top

Notes: (press Ctrl-C to stop monitor)

top -t Show threads instead of processes.

adb shell getprop

get property via the android property service

getprop [options]

STEP 1.

adb shell

STEP 2.

getprop

getprop ro.build.version.sdk

getprop ro.chipname

getprop | grep adb

adb shell setprop

set property service

setprop <key> <value>

STEP 1.

adb shell 

STEP 2.

setprop service.adb.tcp.port 5555

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