Adb And Fastboot Download For Mac

ADB and Fastboot are command line tools that allow you to communicate with Android devices like the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The Android Debug Bridge, which is more commonly referred to as ADB, is used in most of the guides on this website to perform a variety of tasks on Fire TV devices. Fastboot is similar to ADB in that it is a command line tool, but it is primarily used to replace the entire operating system on an unlocked Android device. This guide will show you the simple process of setting up both ADB and fastboot on either a Mac running OS X or a Windows PC.

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If you have ever wanted to download ADB and Fastboot without having to download the whole of Android Studio or SDK, Google has finally made those binaries available officially for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Thus you can now download the latest ADB and Fastboot files from Google Developer site. Install ADB and Fastboot on Mac: – There are two best methods to install ADB and fastboot driver on Mac OS. First one is by passing a script in Terminal by WonderHowTo sub-blog HTC One and the second one is by using Nexus Tool. So let’s begin with setup ADB and fastboot driver on Mac PC. Install ADB and fastboot driver on Mac OS Method 1.

  • 1: Windows PC Guide
  • 2: Mac OS X Guide

Windows PC Guide

  1. Download the latest version of ADB Installer from here: adb-setup
  2. Launch the setup file you just downloaded.
  3. When asked “Do you want to install ADB and Fastboot?” type Y and press enter.
  4. When asked “Install ADB system-wide?” type Y and press enter.
  5. When asked “Do you want to install device drivers?” type N and press enter.
  6. You’re done. Now, anytime you need to run an ADB or Fastboot command, simply open up a command-prompt (which can be done by typing “cmd” into the start menu) and enter your command.

Mac OS X Guide

  1. If your Mac has OS X El Capitan (v10.11 and up), then you need to first disable System Integrity Protection by following these steps. You can re-enable it after you finish installing ADB.
  2. Download the Android zip file from here: adb-fastboot-install
  3. Extract the zip file you just downloaded by double clicking it.
  4. Open the newly created unzipped folder.
  5. Open the Terminal application on your Mac.
    (If you don’t know where it is, you can search for it from Spotlight with ⌘-Space or find it in your Applications >Utilities folder)
  6. Drag and drop the “” file from the unzipped folder into the Terminal window.
  7. Press enter in the Terminal window. You may need to enter your Mac password to complete the installation.
  8. Once the installation completes, you’re done. You can now open Terminal anytime and enter ADB or fastboot commands. Be sure to re-enableSystem Integrity Protection if you disabled it at the start of this guide.


ShareTweetShare+1Colinsays:June 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I have the adb file chilling in my home folder on my mac and just connect it to my FTVs anytime I need to make changes. Is this different/better from just running adb through terminal like I have been from the start?

ReplyAFTVnewssays:June 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

The only advantage of this method to what you’re doing is the instructions above will install ADB and Fastboot system wide. This means you can run ADB and Fastboot commands from any directory while in the Terminal app.

ReplyColinsays:June 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm


ReplyJohn Merrillsays:June 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

A Mac tip —
1. Open System Preferences
2. Open Keyboard Preferences
3. Click on the Shortcuts tab and select Services
4. Scroll down to Files and Folders and enable “New Terminal at Folder.” Quit System Preferences.

Assume that all your apk files are in your Downloads folder. To install an apk file via ADB, open your Home Directory and right click on Downloads. The Services menu will open and allow you to open a new Terminal at your Downloads folder. You no longer have to use any paths. Simply write “adb install xyz.apk”. Done

ReplyAFTVnewssays:June 2, 2015 at 11:06 am

Thats a great tip! Thanks.

Replygubo8888says:October 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm


ReplyMatthew Thomassays:October 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

Thank you much for sooo simple instruction!!! High five!

ReplyJRsays:December 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I seem to be having issues… it doesn’t seem to be reading my installation? ADB commands don’t seem to be working.

Here is what is popping up on my terminal

Last login: Wed Dec 30 17:56:49 on ttys000
Nexus:~ administrator$ /Users/administrator/Desktop/Android/
This will install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
Root Permissions required. Please type your password.
Changed directory to /Users/administrator/Desktop/Android
Moving ADB
mv: rename Mac/adb_Mac to /usr/bin/adb: Operation not permitted
ADB Moved to /usr/bin/adb
moving Fastboot
mv: rename Mac/fastboot_Mac to /usr/bin/fastboot: Operation not permitted
Fastboot moved to /usr/bin/fastboot
You may now run Android Debug Bridge and Fastboot commands
Have a nice day.
Nexus:~ administrator$ adb version
-bash: adb: command not found
Nexus:~ administrator$

Please advise. Any help would be appreciated.

ReplyAdb and fastboot download for pcTerrysays:January 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm

I have same using El Capitan

ReplyMacssays:January 3, 2016 at 4:11 am

I had this problem too. As of El Capitan the usr/bin folder is restricted so the install script will no longer work. To work around this you can disable “System Integrity Protection” then running the install script will work.

See instructions here

Remember to enable System Integrity Protection once you are done

ReplyAFTVnewssays:March 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

I have updated the guide to work with El Capitan and get around this issue.

ReplyMaitas Vargtasssays:August 21, 2016 at 6:39 am

Im having problems too, same as JR and Terry. I followed the guide to turn off Rootles system integrity check. Osx rebooted and I tested by running “csrutil status” in terminal and it said “System Integrity Protection status: disabled”

I still get “-bash: fastboot: command not found” tho… what to do?

ReplyJegadeesansays:September 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm


I have installed ADP V 1.4.2 but getting the below error.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:UsersDell>adb start-server
‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.


ReplySamsays:November 17, 2016 at 4:53 am

ME too. Install Batch is working fine. Files are being copied. Even ran as administrator to make sure. No errors on install. But going to just check version from cmd prompt gets the ‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

where does your installer put the files?

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ReplySamsays:November 17, 2016 at 4:54 am

ME too. Install Batch is working fine. Files are being copied. Even ran as administrator to make sure. No errors on install. But going to just check version from cmd prompt gets the ‘adb’ is not recognized.. blah blah
where does your installer put the files?

ReplyJohnsays:November 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

For Mac users experiencing the ‘command not found’ error, try prepending the command with ./

For example, ./adb devices

And here’s a time-saving tip: When typing anything at the command line, you can type the first character or couple of characters of, for example, an apk you want to install, then hit the tab key and bash will fill in the rest of the name for you.

ReplyAdb and fastboot download for mac downloadSteve Ssays:February 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm

I just tried installing v 1.4.3 on Win 10: when Installing ADB and FASTBOOT…. (System-wide) it shows 0 files copied instead of 4 files as per your images on this help page.

running as Administrator

Any ideas would really be appreciated!

ReplyClarencesays:March 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm

For windows you need to add an environmental variable to adb.exe file.

ReplyClarencesays:March 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm

My comment after reading seems kinda jacked.

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So, Under Environmental Variables, for PATH, you need to add the path to the abd.exe file.


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How to Install ADB and Fastboot Android Device (Windows, Mac & Linux): If you like to tinker around with your Android devices then you must know about ADB & fastboot. These two command-line commands are a must-have for every Android nerd out there. In this small tutorial, we will let you know how to download, use, and install ADB and fastboot.

What are ADB and Fastboot

ADB and Fastboot are command-line utilities that work when you connect your Android device to your computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) using a usb cable. These commands let you perform actions like backing up partitions, installing apps, and certain other actions that are not available via GUI. ADB works when your Android device is booted into Android and fastboot works when your Android device not booted into Android. For fastboot, you need to work boot your Android device in fastboot mode. Using fastboot you can access all the partitions on your Android device.

Where to Download ADB and Fastboot

Hit the links below to download ABD and fastboot from Google directly. Once downloaded unzip the files, and you will have a folder named platform-tools. Inside this folder, you will have the ADB and fastboot executables which we will be using later.

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ADB and Fastboot Drivers

Windows users also need to download and install ADB and fastboot drivers for their Android devices. You can find links to major manufacturers below.

Mac and Linux users need not worry about drivers.

Install ADB and Fastboot

If you have downloaded the Software then you don’t need to Install ADB and Fastboot, The file is in the Zip formate you can extract the file anywhere in your computer. i.e I have extracted into the “D:/Razi/platform-tools” folder, Now go to that folder and press the shift button and right lick on your mouse, then click on the “Open PowerShell window here” then a command prompt will open. Now done.

Setup Device

To access you device using ADB you need to enable usb debugging on your Android device. To enable USB debugging to follow below steps on your Android device:-

  • Navigate to Settings -> About and tap on build number seven times. You will see a message saying “Your are now a developer”.

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  • Go back to Settings, and you will see an option called Developer Options. Click on that and enable USB debugging.

Using ADB and Fastboot

Turn on your Android device, and connect it to your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) using an appropriate USB cable.

Windows users need to open Command Prompt, and Mac & Linux users need to open Terminal. Once done navigate to the platform-tools folder which was created when you downloaded ADB and fastboot. You can now issue ADB commands.

ADB & Fastboot Commands – Windows vs Mac/Linux

When issuing adb and fastboot commands on Windows you need to type adb and fastboot respectively. For Mac and Linux, you need to use ./adb and ./fastboot.

Check Connected Devices

Once you have navigated to the platform-tools folder, you can check if your Android device is connected successfully or not using adb devices fastboot command. If your device is connected successfully it will be listed once you issue the command. If you are in fastboot mode and do fastboot devices you will again see a list of devices connected.

The first time you issue an ADB command, you need to tick the box beside Always Allow from this computer. This adds your computer to a list of trusted devices for ADB and fastboot.

How to Boot into Fastboot from ADB

You can boot into fastboot mode by issuing below command

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Other Important ADB and Fastboot commands

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restart your device in bootloader mode

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used to unlock bootloader in fastboot mode. Please note, not all devices support this command. Unlocking your bootloader may void your warranty and also wipe all your data.

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used to flash a custom recovery on your Android device. Place custom recovery img file in the same folder as platform-tools, and replace filename.img in command with the name of the file downloaded for example twrp.img.

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