Adb( the full name is the Android Debug Bridge) is the command-line debugging tool for Android, and it can complete a variety of functions, such as tracking the system logs, uploading and downloading the files, installing the applications, etc.

Preparing to connect

Enter the option Settings->USB on the development board, and check the Connect to PC.Connect the device and the host with a dual male USB cable.

The OTG port of the AIO-3288C is shown in the red box below:


ADB installation for Windows

Install the driver first by referring to the sectionInstall the RK USB drive.Then go to to download the, and unzip it to C:\adb so as to call it easily. Open a command line window and enter:

cd C:\adb
adb shell

If everything works out, you can enter the adb shell and run the command on the device.

ADB installation for Ubuntu

  • Install the adb tool:

sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb
  • Add the device ID:

mkdir -p ~/.android
vi ~/.android/adb_usb.ini
# Add the following line
  • Add the udev rule:

sudo vi /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
# Add the following line:
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2207", MODE="0666"
  • Replug the USB cable or run the following command so that the udev rule can take effect:

sudo udevadm control --reload-rules
sudo udevadm trigger
  • Restart the adb server

sudo adb kill-server
adb start-server

Common ADB commands

Connection management

List all connected devices and their serial numbers

adb devices

If there are more than one connection device, the serial numbers will be required to distinguish them:

export ANDROID_SERIAL=< Device Serial Number >
adb shell ls

The adb can be connected through the network:

# Restart the adbd on the device and listen on TCP port 5555
adb tcpip 5555
# You can disconnect the USB connection at this time
# When connecting to the device remotely, the IP address of the device is 192.168. 1.100
adb connect
# Disconnect
adb disconnect


Get the system logs adb logcat

  • Usage

adb logcat [options] [application label]
  • Example

# View all logs
adb logcat
# View only partial logs
adb logcat -s WifiStateMachine StateMachine

Run the command adb shell

Get the detailed running information adb bugreport

The adb bugreport is used for error reporting, which contains a number of useful information.

  • Example

adb bugreport
# Save to local for viewing easily with the editor
adb bugreport >bugreport.txt

root privilege

If the userdebug mode is used for TARGET_BUILD_VARIANT, you need to run the following command so as to get the root privilege first:

adb root

Allow the device end of adb to switch to root privilege mode so that commands such as adb remount that require root privileges will succeed.

Application management

Install the application adb install

  • Usage:

adb install [options] application package.apk

The options include:

-l forward-lock
-r Reinstall the application and keep the original data
-s Installed on SD card instead of internal storage
  • Example:

# Install the facebook.apk
adb install facebook.apk
# Upgrade the twittert.apk
adb install -r twitter.apk

If the installation is successful, the tool will return a success prompt “Success”, and if the installation is unsuccessful, in general, it is generally caused by the following conditions:

  • INSTALL_FAILED_ALREADY_EXISTS: at this time, you need to reinstall it with the -r parameter.

  • INSTALL_FAILED_SIGNATURE_ERROR: if the signature of the application is inconsistent, which may be due to the different signatures between the release version and the debug version. If you verify that the APK file is properly signed, you can uninstall the old application with the adb uninstall command before installing.

  • INSTALL_FAILED_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE: if there is insufficient storage space, you need to check the device storage.

Uninstall the application adb uninstall

  • Usage:

adb uninstall application package name
  • Example:

adb uninstall

The application package name can be listed with the following command:

adb shell pm list packages -f

The running result is:


It is the apk file in the front, followed by the corresponding package name.

Command line help information adb help

Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.31

 -a                            - directs adb to listen on all interfaces for a connection
 -d                            - directs command to the only connected USB device
                                 returns an error if more than one USB device is present.
 -e                            - directs command to the only running emulator.
                                 returns an error if more than one emulator is running.
 -s <specific device>          - directs command to the device or emulator with the given
                                 serial number or qualifier. Overrides ANDROID_SERIAL
                                 environment variable.
 -p <product name or path>     - simple product name like 'sooner', or
                                 a relative/absolute path to a product
                                 out directory like 'out/target/product/sooner'.
                                 If -p is not specified, the ANDROID_PRODUCT_OUT
                                 environment variable is used, which must
                                 be an absolute path.
 -H                            - Name of adb server host (default: localhost)
 -P                            - Port of adb server (default: 5037)
 devices [-l]                  - list all connected devices
                                 ('-l' will also list device qualifiers)
 connect <host>[:<port>]       - connect to a device via TCP/IP
                                 Port 5555 is used by default if no port number is specified.
 disconnect [<host>[:<port>]]  - disconnect from a TCP/IP device.
                                 Port 5555 is used by default if no port number is specified.
                                 Using this command with no additional arguments
                                 will disconnect from all connected TCP/IP devices.

device commands:
  adb push [-p] <local> <remote>
                               - copy file/dir to device
                                 ('-p' to display the transfer progress)
  adb pull [-p] [-a] <remote> [<local>]
                               - copy file/dir from device
                                 ('-p' to display the transfer progress)
                                 ('-a' means copy timestamp and mode)
  adb sync [ <directory> ]     - copy host->device only if changed
                                 (-l means list but don't copy)
                                 (see 'adb help all')
  adb shell                    - run remote shell interactively
  adb shell <command>          - run remote shell command
  adb emu <command>            - run emulator console command
  adb logcat [ <filter-spec> ] - View device log
  adb forward --list           - list all forward socket connections.
                                 the format is a list of lines with the following format:
                                    <serial> " " <local> " " <remote> "\n"
  adb forward <local> <remote> - forward socket connections
                                 forward specs are one of: 
                                   localabstract:<unix domain socket name>
                                   localreserved:<unix domain socket name>
                                   localfilesystem:<unix domain socket name>
                                   dev:<character device name>
                                   jdwp:<process pid> (remote only)
  adb forward --no-rebind <local> <remote>
                               - same as 'adb forward <local> <remote>' but fails
                                 if <local> is already forwarded
  adb forward --remove <local> - remove a specific forward socket connection
  adb forward --remove-all     - remove all forward socket connections
  adb jdwp                     - list PIDs of processes hosting a JDWP transport
  adb install [-l] [-r] [-d] [-s] [--algo <algorithm name> --key <hex-encoded key> --iv <hex-encoded iv>] <file>
                               - push this package file to the device and install it
                                 ('-l' means forward-lock the app)
                                 ('-r' means reinstall the app, keeping its data)
                                 ('-d' means allow version code downgrade)
                                 ('-s' means install on SD card instead of internal storage)
                                 ('--algo', '--key', and '--iv' mean the file is encrypted already)
  adb uninstall [-k] <package> - remove this app package from the device
                                 ('-k' means keep the data and cache directories)
  adb bugreport                - return all information from the device
                                 that should be included in a bug report.

  adb backup [-f <file>] [-apk|-noapk] [-obb|-noobb] [-shared|-noshared] [-all] [-system|-nosystem] [<packages...>]
                               - write an archive of the device's data to <file>.
                                 If no -f option is supplied then the data is written
                                 to "backup.ab" in the current directory.
                                 (-apk|-noapk enable/disable backup of the .apks themselves
                                    in the archive; the default is noapk.)
                                 (-obb|-noobb enable/disable backup of any installed apk expansion
                                    (aka .obb) files associated with each application; the default
                                    is noobb.)
                                 (-shared|-noshared enable/disable backup of the device's
                                    shared storage / SD card contents; the default is noshared.)
                                 (-all means to back up all installed applications)
                                 (-system|-nosystem toggles whether -all automatically includes
                                    system applications; the default is to include system apps)
                                 (<packages...> is the list of applications to be backed up.  If
                                    the -all or -shared flags are passed, then the package
                                    list is optional.  Applications explicitly given on the
                                    command line will be included even if -nosystem would
                                    ordinarily cause them to be omitted.)

  adb restore <file>           - restore device contents from the <file> backup archive

  adb help                     - show this help message
  adb version                  - show version num

  adb wait-for-device          - block until device is online
  adb start-server             - ensure that there is a server running
  adb kill-server              - kill the server if it is running
  adb get-state                - prints: offline | bootloader | device
  adb get-serialno             - prints: <serial-number>
  adb get-devpath              - prints: <device-path>
  adb status-window            - continuously print device status for a specified device
  adb remount                  - remounts the /system partition on the device read-write
  adb reboot [bootloader|recovery] - reboots the device, optionally into the bootloader or recovery program
  adb reboot-bootloader        - reboots the device into the bootloader
  adb root                     - restarts the adbd daemon with root permissions
  adb usb                      - restarts the adbd daemon listening on USB
  adb tcpip <port>             - restarts the adbd daemon listening on TCP on the specified port
  adb ppp <tty> [parameters]   - Run PPP over USB.
 Note: you should not automatically start a PPP connection.
 <tty> refers to the tty for PPP stream. Eg. dev:/dev/omap_csmi_tty1
 [parameters] - Eg. defaultroute debug dump local notty usepeerdns

adb sync notes: adb sync [ <directory> ]
  <localdir> can be interpreted in several ways:

  - If <directory> is not specified, both /system and /data partitions will be updated.

  - If it is "system" or "data", only the corresponding partition
    is updated.

environmental variables:
  ADB_TRACE                    - Print debug information. A comma separated list of the following values
                                 1 or all, adb, sockets, packets, rwx, usb, sync, sysdeps, transport, jdwp
  ANDROID_SERIAL               - The serial number to connect to. -s takes priority over this if given.
  ANDROID_LOG_TAGS             - When used with the logcat option, only these debug tags are printed.