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Android File Transfer For Linux (FreeBSD and macOS, too!)

License Version Android File Transfer for Linux (and macOS!)

Android File Transfer for Linux — a reliable MTP client with minimalistic UI similar to Android File Transfer.

It just works™.

Do I need it?

If you're happy with gmtp/gvfs/mtpfs or any other MTP software, you might not need this software (but give it a try!).

If you're suffering from crashes, missing tags, album covers, USB freezes, and corrupted files however, this software is right for you.

Pre-built Packages

If your distribution does not provide an android-file-transfer-linux package, you can still install it on your system.

There's quite a few packages available:

Support me

If you want to help me with development, click on the link below and follow the instructions. I'm working on this project in my spare time and I try to fix everything as fast as possible, sometimes adding features in realtime (more than 100 tickets closed by now). Any amount would help relieving the pain of using MTP. :D

https://www.paypal.me/whoozle

Features

  • Simple Qt UI with progress dialogs.
  • FUSE wrapper (if you prefer mounting your device), supporting partial read/writes, allowing instant access to your files.
  • No file size limits.
  • Automatically renames album cover to make it visible from media player.
  • Supports Zune and Zune HD.
  • USB zerocopy support found in recent Linux kernels (no user/kernel data copying).
  • No extra dependencies (e.g. libptp or libmtp).
  • Available as a static/shared library.
  • Command line tool aft-mtp-cli.
  • Python bindings.

FAQ

Please take a look at the FAQ if you have issues with your operating system. It's not that big, but those are the questions asked very often.

Installation

Debian/Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install android-file-transfer

Gentoo

Android File Transfer for Linux is now included in Gentoo. You don't have to build anything, just run

sudo emerge -av sys-fs/android-file-transfer-linux

If you need a FUSE mount helper to mount MTP filesystems, you have to enable the FUSE use flag, e.g. adding the following in /etc/portage/package.use (which can either be a directory or a file):

sys-fs/android-file-transfer-linux fuse

You can use the sys-fs/android-file-transfer-linux-9999 ebuild if you want the latest Git version by adding the following entry to `/etc/portage/package.accept_keywords (which can either be a directory or a file):

=sys-fs/android-file-transfer-linux-9999 **

Arch

sudo pacman -S android-file-transfer

Building from source

Prerequisites

  • You will need the Qt libraries for building the UI program. If you're planning to use only the library (Qt is not needed), you could turn the option BUILD_QT_UI off.

  • For Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros, use the following command:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake qt5-default ninja-build libfuse-dev libreadline-dev qttools5-dev

    For Fedora:

    dnf install make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel cmake fuse fuse-devel qt-devel readline-devel libqt5-linguist-devel
    
  • Basically

    • you need libqtX-dev or libqt5-dev for the UI,
    • libfuse-dev for the FUSE interface,
    • and cmake, ninja, or make for building the project.

Building with Ninja

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -G Ninja ..
ninja

./qt/android-file-transfer

Building with make

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make

./qt/android-file-transfer

Installing binary package on macOS

There is a binary package that can be installed via Homebrew:

  • First, install brew if you don't have it already installed.
  • Then, the stable package may be installed via:
brew install homebrew/cask/whoozle-android-file-transfer
  • The nightly build may be installed via:
brew install homebrew/cask-versions/whoozle-android-file-transfer-nightly
  • Please note: Stable and nightly are in conflict, so please make sure to uninstall one of them when you want to switch between stable and nightly.

Building app package on macOS

You'll need Qt installed to build the GUI app. Here are the build instructions with Qt5 from Homebrew (brew install qt5):

mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=~/Applications -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/usr/local/opt/qt5
make
make install

open ~/Applications/android-file-transfer.app

Installation

sudo ninja install or sudo make install will install the program into the cmake prefix/bin directory (usually /usr/local/bin).

How to use

FUSE interface

mkdir ~/my-device
./aft-mtp-mount ~/my-device

Remember, if you want album art to be displayed, it must be named 'albumart.xxx' and placed first in the destination folder. Then copy other files. Also, note that FUSE could be 7-8 times slower than UI/CLI file transfer.

Qt user interface

  1. Start application, choose destination folder and click any button on toolbar.
  2. The options available are: Upload Album, Upload Directory, and Upload Files. The latter two are self-explanatory. Upload Album tries searching the source directory for album covers and sets the best available cover.
  3. You could drop any files or folders right into the application window: the transfer will start automatically.

Known problems

Up-to-date list of all known problems and bugs are available here.

Contacts

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions. My email address is vladimir.menshakov@gmail.com.

Special thanks

  • All who filed bugs on GitHub and wrote emails. Many features came to be only because of your feedback. Thanks!
  • Alexey gazay Gaziev for useful suggestions, support, and invaluable help with the MacBook and macOS port.
  • @ssnjrthegr8 for the new logo!

License

Android File Transfer for Linux is released under the GNU LGPLv2.1 License.

Copyright © 2015-2022 Vladimir Menshakov