How To – Install adb and fastboot

This post only covers the installation of adb or fastboot on windows , mac or linux systems. To set up adb or fastboot scroll to the end to find links or click here

Tip: Disable any security keys, patterns or passwords you have set on your device before trying out any installations. Having a password or lock can cause issues in some installations.You can always set them up later.

On Windows PCs

  • Download the Windows zip from Google.
  • Extract it to a folder on your system – for example, %USERPROFILE%\adb-fastboot
  • On Windows 7/8:
    • From the desktop, right-click My Computer and select Properties
    • In the System Properties window, click on the Advanced tab
    • In the Advanced section, click the Environment Variables button
    • In the Environment Variables window, highlight the Path variable in the Systems Variable section and click the Edit button
    • Append ;%USERPROFILE%\adb-fastboot\platform-tools to the end of the existing Path definition (the semi-colon separates each path entry)
  • On Windows 10:
    • Open the Start menu, and type “advanced system settings”
    • Select “View advanced system settings”
    • Click on the Advanced tab
    • Open the “Environment Variables” window
    • Select the Path variable under “System Variables” and click the “Edit” button
    • Click the “Edit Text” button
    • Append ;%USERPROFILE%\adb-fastboot\platform-tools to the end of the existing Path definition (the semi-colon separates each path entry)
  • Install the universal adb driver, and reboot.

On macOS

  1. Download the macOS zip from Google.
  2. Extract it to a folder on your system – for example, ~/adb-fastboot.
  3. Add the following to ~/.bash_profile:if [ -d "$HOME/adb-fastboot/platform-tools" ] ; then export PATH="$HOME/adb-fastboot/platform-tools:$PATH" fi
  4. Log out and back in.

On Linux

  1. Download the Linux zip from Google.
  2. Extract it to a folder on your system – for example, ~/adb-fastboot.
  3. Add the following to ~/.profile:if [ -d "$HOME/adb-fastboot/platform-tools" ] ; then export PATH="$HOME/adb-fastboot/platform-tools:$PATH" fi
  4. Log out and back in.
  5. You may also need to set up udev rules: see this repository for more info.


    Click here to learn how to set up adb or fastboot

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