How to Setup ADB on Mac OS

At present Android SDK and its components like ADB only supports systems running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. So, make sure that you meet the requirement.

  1. Download the Android SDK package for Mac OS [android-sdk_r21.1-macosx.zip]
  2. Extract the downloaded zip package to your Home directory.
  3. Now, you shall see a folder named android-sdk-macosx
  4. Navigate inside android-sdk-macosx/tools/
  5. Double-click “android” to execute the SDK Manager.
  6. Make sure everything is un-ticked. Now select Android SDK Platform-tools and install it.
  7. During the next window, you will be prompted. Accept the license and click on Install.
  8. When the installation is complete, close the window.
  9. The SDK manager has now downloaded the platform-tools successfully, which certainly includes our prior ADB.
  10. The next step is to define the path where ADB is present.
  11. Open terminal window and type following:nano ~/.bash_profile
  12. This shall open the .bash_profile file. Now enter the following line to define the ADB path.export PATH=${PATH}:~/android-sdk-macosx/tools export PATH=${PATH}:~/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools
  13. Reboot your system now to take effect.
  14. To confirm the configuration, open Terminal and type:adb
  15. You have now successfully installed and configured ADB on your Mac OS machine.

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