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adb (Android Debug Bridge)

Device Basics

Command Description
adb devices Lists connected devices
adb devices -l Lists connected devices and kind
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adb root Restarts adbd with root permissions
adb start-server Starts the adb server
adb kill-server Kills the adb server
adb remount Remounts file system with read/write access
adb reboot Reboots the device
adb reboot bootloader Reboots the device into fastboot
adb disable-verity Reboots the device into fastboot

wait-for-device can be specified after adb to ensure that the command will run once the device is connected.

-s can be used to send the commands to a specific device when multiple are connected.


$ adb wait-for-device devices
 List of devices attached
 somedevice-1234 device
 someotherdevice-1234 device
$ adb -s somedevice-1234 root


Command Description
adb logcat Starts printing log messages to stdout
adb logcat -g Displays current log buffer sizes
adb logcat -G <size> Sets the buffer size (K or M)
adb logcat -c Clears the log buffers
adb logcat *:V Enables ALL log messages (verbose)
adb logcat -f <filename> Dumps to specified file


$ adb logcat -G 16M
$ adb logcat *:V > output.log

File Management

Command Description
adb push <local> <remote> Copies the local to the device at remote
adb pull <remote> <local> Copies the remote from the device to local


$ echo "This is a test" > test.txt
$ adb push  test.txt /sdcard/test.txt
$ adb pull /sdcard/test.txt pulledTest.txt

Remote Shell

Command Description
adb shell <command> Runs the specified command on device (most unix commands work here)
adb shell wm size Displays the current screen resolution
adb shell wm size WxH Sets the resolution to WxH
adb shell pm list packages Lists all installed packages
adb shell pm list packages -3 Lists all installed 3rd-party packages
adb shell monkey -p Starts the specified package
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