Install ADB and Fastboot Android Tools

  Last modified on Wednesday 08 October 2014

Rooting my Nexus 7 required the installation of ADB and Fastboot. ADB stands for Android Debugging Bridge and enables command-line control of Android devices connected to a host machine while Fastboot is used to flash software to Android via USB. Both tools are provided by the Android SDK.

To setup Android tools under Debian:

0. Prepare devices

Configure Android for USB debugging and the host for MTP. This step confirms host is capable of detecting and mounting the Android device.

1. Android SDK

Install packages:

$ sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

2. ADB

Start ADB:

$ adb start-server

Android 4.2.2 now requires the RSA key fingerprint of the connecting host to be confirmed before allowing ADB to do its stuff. Connect the tablet and Android prompts for confirmation:

Allow USB debugging?

The computer's RSA key fingerprint is:

[*] Always allow from this computer


ADB now detects my tablet:

$ adb devices
List of devices attached
STRING                device

Happy hacking!

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