How to Install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint

The following tutorial will help you install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint. Android Debug Bridge is a command-line tool used for controlling Android devices from the computer.

This tool is part of the Google Android SDK & can be used to execute shell commands, copy files to or from an Android device, or install or remove apps from an Android device. ADB also allows us to communicate with an Android smartphone from the system CLI.

On the other hand, Fastboot is a diagnostic tool used to change the contents of an android smartphone’s file system. You can use it to perform updates or perform installations, like flashing a custom bootloader or a ROM. An alternative to Recovery Mode, this mode is typically used for updating or installing software.

Install ADB and Fastboot On Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint

The packages for ADB and Fastboot are available in the Ubuntu repositories by default, and you can do them quite easily. You can execute the following command in the terminal to install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu.

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sudo apt-get install android-tools-fastboot android-tools-adb

As soon as the installation finishes, we can check to see if ADB is installed by running the following command to check its version.

adb version

To manually start the ADB, you can use

sudo adb start-server

In case you would to stop the ADB server; then you can use this command

sudo adb kill-server

It will manually stop the server and any connection you have made will be aborted.

Connect Your Phone With ADB

It would be best if you turned on USB-Debugging before connecting the device to the system. To find this option, go into Settings on your Android device (under Developer’s options). Also, Learn How to Install uTorrent on your device.

After we have enabled that feature, we have to connect our Android device to the Ubuntu system with a USB cable. Once the device is connected, open the terminal on your system and use the following command to check if the device is successfully connected.

adb devices

This time you should see your device in the output in the Ubuntu Terminal.

ADB Devices Ubuntu
ADB Devices Ubuntu

Uninstall ADB and Fastboot On Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint

If you wish to uninstall ADB and Fastboot, you can easily do it using the apt command.

To remove the ADB following command is used.

sudo apt-get remove adb

To remove ADB along with its dependencies, you should use this command.

sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove adb

Last but not least, if you would like to remove the ADB package from your system altogether, use this terminal command.

sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove adb

Enable ADB Debugging On Your Device

Step 1 – Go to your Setting app. Tap on About Phone.

Step 2 – Tap 5 Times on Build Number. It will ask for a confirmation to Enable Developers Menu. Just allow it.

Step 3 – Next, Go to Developers Menu. Tap on USB Debugging to enable it.

Step 4 – Voila! Your device is now ready to use with ADB

USB Debugging ADB Ubuntu
USB Debugging ADB Ubuntu


This tutorial explored different methods to install ADB and Fastboot on Ubuntu and other similar Linux distros. By following the simple steps in this tutorial, you can get ADB up and running in a couple of minutes.

If you encounter any issues, share them in the comments section, and I would be more than happy to assist you.

Also, I have shared the steps to delete or uninstall ADB  from Ubuntu or other Linux distros, just in case you need it. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get similar posts straight to your inbox. We hate spamming too!

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