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ADB & Fastboot – Android SDK Platform-Tools

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Written by Hassan Abbas

You can now download ADB & Fastboot officially released by Google. Android spod like us has used ADB, Fastboot and other tools at some point in using Android devices. To install:

  • an OTA update
  • flash factory image
  • or simply to unlock the bootloader of our phone

these Android SDK platform-tools have been an essential part. Normally, to use ADB or Fastboot you have to download Android SDK which is a part of Android Studio and set it up on your computer. This requires you to download the whole package which is about 2GB in size. That’s a lot if you only need the two most popular Android SDK platform-tools: Fastboot and ADB.

For those who are used to using third-party utilities or tools with their Android devices can download the Minimal ADB and Fastboot toolkit by a developer. However, we would always recommend you to download these tools from the official source. The latest ADB, Fastboot can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, and Linux. They are available in a ZIP package that you download and extract it anywhere on your computer where you want to use it. And the total size is just around 10MB. You do not need much of the tools attached to it if you just want to perform various ADB and Fastboot related functions on your phone.

What’s More?

Third-party releases of ADB and Fastboot can never be fully trusted or you never know if they are malicious in any way. The tools we have linked and covered below are directly from Google. That means you always have the most up-to-date Android SDK platform-tools and should never have compatibility with any Android device.

As new Android versions release, ages-old releases of ADB and Fastboot are no longer compatible with these phones. If you try to unlock a Pixel phone’s bootloader using the old Fastboot version, the process will fail and you may end up with a bricked phone. Similarly, you need to have an updated ADB tool.

As a developer, it is recommended to download ADB, Fastboot or update them directly from inside the SDK Manager. This ensures the tools are saved to the right place with the rest of your Android SDK tools and easily updated.

Download ADB and Fastboot for Windows, Mac, Linux

The latest releases of Android SDK Platform Tools are available below and you can download ADB and Fastboot for various platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux

This page will always have the latest ADB / Fastboot binaries that are also included with the latest release of Android Studio / SDK Manager.

Windows platform-tools_r29.0.5-windows.zip
MacOS platform-tools_r29.0.5-darwin.zip
Linux platform-tools_r29.0.5-linux.zip

Android SDK Platform Tools – Changelog

This is the official changelog of these Android SDK Platform Tools for all past releases by Google. You can see how often Google updates the tools and make sure all bugs are fixed.

29.0.5 (October 2019)

  • adb
    • Slight performance improvement on Linux when using many simultaneous connections.
    • Add option to, for incremental updates to APKs while developing.

29.0.2 (July 2019)

  • adb
    • Fixes a Windows heap integrity crash.
  • fastboot
    • Adds support for the partition layout of upcoming devices.

Looking for SDK Platform-Tools 29.0.2? We have the older version of ADB, Fastboot available below:

Download SDK Platform-Tools:

29.0.1 (June 2019)

  • adb
    • Hotfix for Windows crashes.

29.0.0 (June 2019)

  • adb
    • adb reconnect performs a USB reset on Linux.
    • On Linux, when connecting to a newer adb server adb attempts to launch the newer version transparently.
    • adb root waits for the device to reconnect after disconnecting. Previously, adb root; adb wait-for-device it could mistakenly return immediately if adb-wait-for-device-started.
  • fastboot
    • Disables an error message that occurred when fastboot attempted to open the touch bar or keyboard on macOS.

28.0.2 (March 2019)

  • adb
    • At first Fix flakiness of adb shell port forwarding that leads to “Connection reset by peer” error message.
    • Fixes authentication via ADB_VENDOR_KEYS when reconnecting devices.
    • Fixes authentication—when the private key used for authentication does not match the public key—by calculating the public key from the private key, instead of assuming that they match.
  • fastboot
    • Adds support for dynamic partitions.
  • Updated Windows requirements
    • The platform-tools now depend on the Windows Universal C Runtime, which is usually installed by default via Windows Update. If you see errors mentioning missing DLLs, you may need to manually fetch and install the runtime package.
NOTE:

This release (28.0.2) is listed on the official Android Developers website as an update in March 2018. That is a typo. This latest release was made in March 2019.

Looking for SDK Platform-Tools 28.0.2? We have the older version of ADB, Fastboot available below:

Download SDK Platform-Tools For:

28.0.1 (September 2018)

  • adb
    • Add support for the reconnection of TCP connections. Upon disconnection, adb will attempt to reconnect for up to 60 seconds before abandoning a connection.
    • Fix Unicode console output on Windows. (Thanks to external contributor Spencer Low!)
    • Fix a file descriptor double-close that can occur, resulting in connections being closed when adb connects happens simultaneously.
    • Fix adb forward --list when used with more than one device connected.
  • fastboot
    • Increase command timeout to 30 seconds, to better support some slow bootloader commands.

Looking for SDK Platform-Tools 28.0.1? We have the older version of ADB, Fastboot available below:

Download SDK Platform-Tools For:

28.0.0 (June 2018)

  • adb:
    • Add support for checksum-less operation with devices running Android P, which improves throughput by up to 40%.
    • Sort output of adb devices by connection type and device serial.
    • Increase the socket to listen to the backlog to allow for more simultaneously adb commands.
    • Improve error output for adb connect.
  • fastboot:
    • Improve output format, add a verbose output mode (-v).
    • Clean up help output.
    • Add product.img and odm.img to the list of partitions flashed by fastboot flashall.
    • Avoid bricking new devices when using a too-old version of fastboot by allowing factory image packages to require support for specific partitions.

27.0.1 (December 2017)

  • Android Device Bridge (adb): fixes an assertion failure on MacOS that occurred when connecting devices using USB 3.0.
  • Fastboot: On Windows, it adds support for wiping devices that use F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System).

27.0.0 (December 2017)

  • Re-fixes the macOS 10.13 fastboot bug first fixed in 26.0.1, but re-introduced in 26.0.2.

26.0.2 (October 2017)

  • Add support for Pixel 2 devices.

26.0.1 (September 2017)

  • Fixed fastboot problems on macOS 10.13 High Sierra (bug 64292422).

26.0.0 (June 2017)

  • Updated with the release of Android O final SDK (API level 26)

25.0.5 (April 24, 2017)

  • Fixed adb sideload of large updates on Windows, manifesting as “std::bad_alloc”.
  • Fixed adb problems with some Windows firewalls, manifesting as “cannot open transport registration socketpair”.
  • Both adb version and fastboot version now include the install path.
  • Changed adb to not resolve localhost to work around misconfigured VPN.
  • Changed adb to no longer reset USB devices on Linux, which could affect other attached USB devices.

Looking for SDK Platform-Tools 25.0.5? We have the older version of ADB, Fastboot available below:

Download SDK Platform-Tools For:

25.0.4 (March 16, 2017)

  • Added experimental libusb support to Linux and Mac adb

To use the libusb backend, set the environment variable ADB_LIBUSB=true before launching a new adb server. The new adb host-features the command will tell you whether or not you’re using libusb.

To restart adb with libusb and check that it worked, use adb kill-server; ADB_LIBUSB=1 adb start-server; adb host-features. The output should include “libusb”.

In this release, the old non-libusb implementation remains the default.

  • fastboot doesn’t hang 2016 MacBook Pros anymore
  • Fixed Systrace command line capture on Mac

25.0.3 (December 16, 2016)

  • Fixed fastboot bug causing Android Things devices to fail to flash

25.0.2 (December 12, 2016)

  • Updated with the Android N MR1 Stable release (API 25)

25.0.1 (November 22, 2016)

  • Updated with the release of Android N MR1 Developer Preview 2 release (API 25)

25.0.0 (October 19, 2016)

  • Updated with the release of Android N MR1 Developer Preview 1 release (API 25)

24.0.4 (October 14, 2016)

  • Updated to address issues in ADB and Mac OS Sierra

Conclusion:

Now you can easily download ADB and Fastboot for Windows, Mac, Linux. But if you still feel any difficulty then let us know in the comment section below!

Also Read: How to Push and Pull Files Using ADB Commands on Android

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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