You can now download ADB and Fastboot (Android SDK Platform Tools) officially from 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 / Android Studio and set it up on your computer. This requires you to download the whole package which is about 1GB in size. That’s a lot if you only need the two most popular Android SDK platform tools: Fastboot and ADB.
Recently we covered the Minimal ADB and Fastboot toolkit by a developer, but it is always better 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. The smallest of these command line downloads are about 200MB in size. You do not need so much of it if you just want to perform various ABB and Fastboot related functions on your phone.
Third party releases of ADB and Fastboot can never be fully trusted or you never know if they are malicious in any way. These tools directly from Google 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 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 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.
[UPDATED: October 2018]
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.
28.0.1 (September 2018)
- 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.
adb forward --listwhen used with more than one device connected.
- Increase command timeout to 30 seconds, to better support some slow bootloader commands.
28.0.0 (June 2018)
- Add support for checksum-less operation with devices running Android P, which improves throughput by up to 40%.
- Sort output of
adb devicesby connection type and device serial.
- Increase the socket listen backlog to allow for more simulataneous adb commands.
- Improve error output for
- Improve output format, add a verbose output mode (
- Clean up help output.
odm.imgto the list of partitions flashed by
- Avoid bricking new devices when using a too-old version of fastboot by allowing factory image packages to require support for specific partitions.
- Improve output format, add a verbose output mode (
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, 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”.
fastboot --versionnow include the install path.
- Changed adb to not resolve
localhostto 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 Windows
- Download SDK Platform-Tools for Mac
- Download SDK Platform-Tools for Linux
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 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