Install "adb" as Part of SDK Platform Tools

This section provides a tutorial example on how to install the 'adb' tool as part of the Android SDK Platform Tools package.

What Is Android SDK Platform Tools? Android SDK Platform Tools is a sub-package of the Android SDK (also called Android Studio) package. It contains "adb", "fastboot" and other tools to interface with connected Android devices.

If you are an Android app developer, you probably have already installed the Android SDK package on your desktop computer. Android SDK Platform Tools related programs are located in the "platform-tools" sub-directory. No additional installation is needed.

If you are not an Android app developer and want to run "adb" tool, you can download and install the Android SDK Platform Tools package independently as shown in this tutorial.

1. Go to Android SDK Platform Tools Website at

2. Click "Download SDK Platform-Tools for Mac" or other links depending on the platform of your desktop computer.

3. Save the downloaded file,, in the ~/Downloads directory.

4. Unzip the downloaded file, you see all files are extracted into a sub-directory called "platform-tools".

5. Move "platform-tools" to the ~/Applications directory. The installation is done.

6. Test the installation by running the following command:

herong$ ~/Applications/platform-tools/adb version

Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.41
Version 34.0.3-10161052
Installed as /Users/herong/Applications/platform-tools/adb
Running on Darwin 16.7.0 (x86_64)

Cool, I have successfully installed the Android SDK Platform Tools package on my macOS computer.

Now I am ready to connect my Android phone and create the Android debugging environment as shown in the next tutorial.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Installing JDK 1.8 on Windows System

 Installation of Android SDK R24 and Emulator

 Installing Apache Ant 1.9 on Windows System

 Developing First Android Application - HelloAndroid

 Android Application Package (APK) Files

Android Debug Bridge (adb) Tool

 What Is Android Debug Bridge (adb)

Install "adb" as Part of SDK Platform Tools

 USB Debugging Connection to Use "adb" Tool

 Wireless Debugging Connection to Use "adb" Tool

 Debugging Connection to Android Device Emulators

 Commands and Options Supported by "adb"

 "adb install" and "adb uninstall" Commands

 "adb push" and "adb pull" Commands

 "adb shell" - Remote Shell Interface

 Android File Systems

 AboutAndroid - Application to Retrieve System Information Class and Activity Lifecycle

 View Objects and Layout Resource Files

 Using "adb logcat" Command for Debugging

 Build Process and Package File Content

 Building Your Own Web Browser

 Android Command Line Shell

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Mini Tablet

 USB Debugging Applications on Samsung Tablet

 Android Tablet - LG-V905R

 USB Debugging Applications on LG-V905R Tablet

 Android Phone - LG-P925g

 USB Debugging Applications on LG-P925g Phone

 Archived Tutorials


 Full Version in PDF/EPUB