You can now download ADB and Fastboot (Android SDK Platform Tools) officially released by Google. Android nerds like us have 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 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: ADB and Fastboot.

Third-party utilities and toolkits are also available to download ADB and Fastboot for various platforms. We have linked up one of such toolkits called Minimal ADB and Fastboot below in the article. 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 in 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 with it if you just want to perform various ADB and Fastboot related functions on your phone.

Android SDK Platform Tools - Download ADB and Fastboot
Android SDK Platform-Tools – ADB / Fastboot

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 mean 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 platforms update and newer releases are available, Google makes sure they are fixed as soon as possible and newer version is out soon. You can see that below in the official changelog provided by Google.

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

Android SDK Platform Tools

The following is a list of utilities included as part of the Android SDK Platform Tools. These tools are updated with every new Android version (currently at Android 10) to support new features and APIs. Sometimes, they include smaller updates to improve the tools and fix known bugs.

NOTE: Each update to these tools is backward compatible with older Android platform versions, so always get the latest one.

  • adb: Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a versatile tool that lets you manage an Android hardware device i.e. phone, tablet, watch etc. or an emulator instance. You can also use it to manage, backup or to install an APK on a device.
  • etc1tool: A command line utility that lets you encode PNG images to the ETC1 compression standard and decode ETC1 compressed images back to PNG.
  • fastboot: This utility helps you flash a device with platform and other system images. You can also install root images or firmware updates when the device is in Fastboot Mode.
  • logcat: This is a tool invoked via adb to view app and system logs. If you are stuck with an app development bug, logcat will help you narrow it down.

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

You can download the latest Android SDK Platform-Tools 30.0.3 here!

[UPDATED: June 2020]

Windowsplatform-tools_r30.0.3-windows.zip
MacOSplatform-tools_r30.0.3-darwin.zip
Linuxplatform-tools_r30.0.3.-linux.zip

How to Install Android SDK Platform Tools:

Once you download ADB and Fastboot (Android SDK Platform Tools), you do not really need to install it anywhere. The Platform-Tools package is a ZIP file, means you can simply extract it anywhere in your computer. Just make sure you download it for your correct desktop platform.

After extracting the files, simply double-click the adb or fastboot files to start using them.

Minimal ADB and Fastboot

As mentioned earlier, Minimal ADB and Fastboot is a third-party toolkit modified for developers who only want to download ADB and Fastboot utilities from the above packages. You do not get extra tools with this, hence the much smaller size (around 1MB only). We have a detailed guide on how to download, setup and use this toolkit.

The latest available release is Minimal ADB and Fastboot v1.4.3.

Android SDK Platform Tools – Changelog

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

30.0.3 (June 2020)

There isn’t any accompanying change-log for Android SDK Platform Tools 30.0.3 but we expect support for new Android R and more. Hopefully, Google will release the specifics but till then, you can download the latest 30.0.3 platform tools from above!

30.0.0 (April 2020)

Google hasn’t provided any official change-log for this version release but these latest platform tools come alongside Android 11 Developer Preview 3 which makes us guess these would be required to properly interact with Android R.

UPDATE

Google has added the complete change-log for v30.0.0 Platform Tools, read ahead:

adb

  • Add initial support for wireless pairing.
  • Add support for incremental APK installation.
  • Implement client-side support for compression of adb {push, pull, sync} when used with an Android 11 device.
  • Improve performance of adb push on high-latency connections.
  • Improve push/pull performance on Windows.

You can get older version 30.0.0 platform tools from the links right below, for Windows, macOS and Linux.

29.0.6 (March 2020)

An official changelog is not yet available from Google, but we spotted this update earlier today. You need this latest Android SDK Platform Tools to update Google Pixel phones to March 2020 update.

If you try flashing the new update / factory image with an older version of Fastboot tool, you will get an error message that fastbootd was required. These tools have been deprecated, if you want to still download them, get them from the following links:

29.0.5 (October 2019)

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

Looking for SDK Platform-Tools 29.0.5? We have the older version of ADB, Fastboot available below:

29.0.2 (July 2019)

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

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

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, instead of killing the server and starting an older one, 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 could mistakenly return immediately if adb wait-for-device started before adb noticed that the device had disconnected.
  • 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
    • Fixes 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:

28.0.1 (September 2018)

  • adb
    • Add support for 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 an adb connecthappens 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:

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 listen backlog to allow for more simulataneous 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.
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  1. I’ve downloaded the platform-tools_r28.0.2-windows.zip, extracted it and then executed the adb.exe, and fastboot.exe. However, it seems like nothing happened. Are you sure that these files are legit?

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