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[HOW TO] Basic ADB Commands

Discussion in 'Android Development' started by t0ast3d, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. t0ast3d

    t0ast3d Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    If you find this helpful or think it would be helpful to others, tip it for a sticky!


    Here's a little guide I put together for you to learn basic adb commands.


    I'm posting this thread assuming you already have your SDK set up

    ^ I believe there is a sticky right below/above this thread on how to do so ^


    With that said, let's dive right in!



    1. Turn on ADB

    Go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging


    2. Running ADB

    Open up command prompt and type your way to the directory you have your SDK in.

    Mine is in C:\

    So for example, mine would be: cd c:\AndroidSDK/tools

    You are now in


    3. Basic ADB commands

    ADB push (sends files to your phone) -- adb push c:\example.apk /sdcard/example.apk

    ADB pull (Receives files from your phone) -- adb pull /system/app/example.apk c:\example.apk

    ADB install (installs application) -- adb install c:\example.apk

    adb shell (Begins shell connection with phone)

    adb reboot (reboots phone)

    adb reboot recovery (reboots phone into recovery)

    adb reboot bootloader (reboots the phone into bootloader/the white screen)

    adb remount (remounts the system)


    4. Commands to run while in ADB Shell

    cd (changes directories) -- cd /system/app

    ls (lists all files in the directory) -- cd /system/app

    rm (removes files) -- rm /system/app/example.apk

    cp (copies files) similar to cat -- cp /system/app/example.apk /sdcard/example.apk

    cat (copies files) -- cat /system/app/example.apk > /sdcard/example.apk

    exit (exits shell) -- exit


    Might add a little more later if requested.

    Hope you learned something!
     



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  2. osirusrising

    osirusrising Newbie

    Good Post, however how would one be able to possibly create an APK which just copies a folder or folders with files in them to the SD card under a specific location. I'm working on a Theme deployment with DreamLyfe and trying to tie in the files and folders in an APK. I have experience wit hthe ADB and it's nice, but need to fig out how to assemble in SDK.
     
  3. johnny424

    johnny424 Android Expert

    nice post..i am still learning and searching for useful things..even though im a few months late : ) ..thanks again for insightful info
     
  4. chadb740

    chadb740 Newbie

    Please post many more commands.
    After Eclipse is installed, where do I find a list of commands that are used to program?
    I've go Eclipse, SDK/AVD manager installed.
    What are the commands used to write a program?
    My searches all turn up empty.
    Is there a place that has all of the java commands?
     
  5. jiminaus

    jiminaus Well-Known Member

  6. reggjoo

    reggjoo Well-Known Member

    I using QtADB, A gui representation of ADB, what can I do with that? Most of the first post, is there, in a gui.
     
  7. droidbot45

    droidbot45 Newbie

    Thanks for the turorial
     
  8. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter!
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    Another idea is to add the sdk path to your PATH variable per the instructions here: Installing the SDK | Android Developers
     
  9. gsx1000r02

    gsx1000r02 Member

    My phone is not rooted and one of my apps I have to log in to to use and I canny remember my pwd. I don't want to reinstall and lose all my settings. Is there any way I can use adb to get my password back?
     
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