How to Install Android adb & fastboot tools on OSX


Are you looking to configure and play more stuff on your android device? Then you definitely need to install/configure adb & fasboot tools on your machine.

Here is how you can install/configure adb & fastboot tools on OSX.

Download The Tools

Some website like Android Central or XDA offers zip file that come with adb & fastboot tools, but it’s always better to get the official from Google Android Developer download page.

The tools can be downloaded from Android Developer Website at

Look for Develop > Tools > Get the SDK

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Next, agree on the license agreement and etc, the download will start immediately

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Install and Configure adb & fastboot

Once you unzip the file, you will see 2 folders in the directory, which are eclipse & sdk.

Android SDK & Eclipse

Please ignore eclipse, if you are just a user. eclipse folder is meant for developer use. Before we proceed further, kindly copy the folder “adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20140321” into your home directory. You home directory will be the directory with your name, you can after change the folder name “adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20140321” to something simpler and easy to identify like “adt”

Rename ADT folder

Rename ADT folder

Next and also almost the last part of the configuration. Open up your Terminal, edit the file name .profile

# vi .profile

Edit .profile

You will see one line with “export PATH=”, in the end of the line, add Android Developer SDK folder that store adb & fastboot which located at “/Users/<yourusername>/adt/sdk/platform-tools”

It will look something like this

export PATH=/Users//adt/sdk/platform-tools:$PATH

Save the file and follow with the command below

# source .profile

Plug your Android phone with the cable onto USB port, run the command

# adb devices 

You should be able to see your device listed there. Congrats, you have done the configuration 😉