wesley franks wesley franks - 1 month ago 14
Android Question

Installing ADB on MAC OS X

I had issues finding a good solid tutorial on how to setup ADB for Mac.

I wanted to ask a question and answer it with a good solid set of steps!

How to add ADB tools to mac os x, and set path to allow for use in terminal.

Answer

Option 1 - Using Homebrew

This is the easiest way and will provide automatic updates.

  1. Install homebrew

    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
    
  2. Install adb

    brew install android-platform-tools
    
  3. Start using adb

    adb devices
    


Option 2 - Manually

  1. Delete your old installation (optional)

    rm -rf ~/.android-sdk-macosx/
    
  2. Download the Mac SDK Tools from the Android developer site under "Get just the command line tools"

  3. Go to your Downloads folder

    cd ~/Downloads/
    
  4. Unzip the tools you downloaded

    unzip android-sdk*.zip
    
  5. Move them somewhere you won't accidentally delete them

    mv android-sdk-macosx/ ~/.android-sdk-macosx
    
  6. Run the SDK Manager

    sh ~/.android-sdk-macosx/tools/android
    
  7. Uncheck everything but Android SDK Platform-tools (optional)

  8. Click Install Packages, accept licenses, click Install. Close the SDK Manager window.

  9. Add platform-tools to your path

    echo 'export PATH=$PATH:~/.android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/' >> ~/.bash_profile
    
  10. Refresh your bash profile (or restart your terminal app)

    source ~/.bash_profile
    
  11. Start using adb

    adb devices