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Steps to Install Android ADB and fastboot on Mac. First, download ADB installation Scripts for Mac OS X. Once you downloaded the Zip file then extract the file to a folder using Archive manager. How to Connect Nexus 6 With Mac Download Nexus 6 Driver for Mac. Ge the Motorola Nexus 6 USB Drivers For Mac. You will be happy to learn that it is really easy to connect your Nexus 6 with the Mac. You can easily connect our Nexus 6 with this simple tricks.

Android ADB and Fastboot on Mac:


ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge which lets you communicate with the device (device is connected via USB cable). It can perform a variety of operations, i.e., enabling recovery mode, installation of zip files, etc. which can’t be processed by the normal user interface. Mostly the advanced users use this tool for twisting the device or to install different firmware on their devices.


Fastboot is a system protocol that can be used for modifying the system images of the Android device. In some of the devices like Nexus it comes automatically turn on by default, and on other devices, you have to do manual operations to turn it on. It supports Windows, Linux, and Mac systems. Like ADB it is similar to the client-server program, includes three things at the same time which are as follows:

  • Protocol for communication.
  • Software which runs on Fastboot mode.
  • Files which you want to execute with the device.

Both ADB and Fastboot are the part of the Android development software kit. For the installation of these tools at first you need to run your device into Debugging mode. Debugging mode is crucial because it facilitates a connection between the computer and the android device. Consider the steps which are mentioned below for the installation of the Android ADB and Fastboot on Mac.

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Steps to Install Android ADB and fastboot on Mac

Adb Location Mac

  1. First, download ADB installation Scripts for Mac OS X.
  2. Once you downloaded the Zip file then extract the file to a folder using Archive manager.
    Download ADB Scripts For Mac OS

Installing ADB by Opening Terminal

  1. Open the Launchpad on your Mac OSand launch the Terminal. or you can open the utility folder and launch the terminal from there with the key combinations (Shift+Command+U).
  2. After opening the Terminal, you should switch to Finder app.
  3. Now, open the extracted directory and look for the file which is labeled as “”.
  4. Now, simply drag and drop file from the Finder & app to the Terminal window.
  5. Now the file name will appear in the Terminal window. press the “Enter and Return” key.
  6. It will ask for your Account Password after pressing the Enter key as shown in below image.
  7. Now enter your Account Password of your Mac OS and press the Enter Key.
  8. Done!! It will automatically start executing scripts, install the ADB and USB Fastboot binaries with drivers, “Nice Day” message will be displayed on screen once the installation is successful.

[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]Read: How to Install ADB and Fastboot on Windows

You have successfully installed Android ADB and Fastboot on Mac. If you face any issues during the installation process, let us know in the comment section below.

ADB and Fastboot are command line tools that allow you to communicate with Android devices like the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The Android Debug Bridge, which is more commonly referred to as ADB, is used in most of the guides on this website to perform a variety of tasks on Fire TV devices. Fastboot is similar to ADB in that it is a command line tool, but it is primarily used to replace the entire operating system on an unlocked Android device. This guide will show you the simple process of setting up both ADB and fastboot on either a Mac running OS X or a Windows PC.


  • 1: Windows PC Guide
  • 2: Mac OS X Guide

Windows PC Guide

  1. Download the latest version of ADB Installer from here: adb-setup
  2. Launch the setup file you just downloaded.
  3. When asked “Do you want to install ADB and Fastboot?” type Y and press enter.
  4. When asked “Install ADB system-wide?” type Y and press enter.
  5. When asked “Do you want to install device drivers?” type N and press enter.
  6. You’re done. Now, anytime you need to run an ADB or Fastboot command, simply open up a command-prompt (which can be done by typing “cmd” into the start menu) and enter your command.

Mac OS X Guide

  1. If your Mac has OS X El Capitan (v10.11 and up), then you need to first disable System Integrity Protection by following these steps. You can re-enable it after you finish installing ADB.
  2. Download the Android zip file from here: adb-fastboot-install
  3. Extract the zip file you just downloaded by double clicking it.
  4. Open the newly created unzipped folder.
  5. Open the Terminal application on your Mac.
    (If you don’t know where it is, you can search for it from Spotlight with ⌘-Space or find it in your Applications >Utilities folder)
  6. Drag and drop the “” file from the unzipped folder into the Terminal window.
  7. Press enter in the Terminal window. You may need to enter your Mac password to complete the installation.
  8. Once the installation completes, you’re done. You can now open Terminal anytime and enter ADB or fastboot commands. Be sure to re-enableSystem Integrity Protection if you disabled it at the start of this guide.
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ShareTweetShare+1Colinsays:June 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I have the adb file chilling in my home folder on my mac and just connect it to my FTVs anytime I need to make changes. Is this different/better from just running adb through terminal like I have been from the start?

AFTVnewssays:June 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

The only advantage of this method to what you’re doing is the instructions above will install ADB and Fastboot system wide. This means you can run ADB and Fastboot commands from any directory while in the Terminal app.

Colinsays:June 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm


John Merrillsays:June 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

A Mac tip —
1. Open System Preferences
2. Open Keyboard Preferences
3. Click on the Shortcuts tab and select Services
4. Scroll down to Files and Folders and enable “New Terminal at Folder.” Quit System Preferences.

Assume that all your apk files are in your Downloads folder. To install an apk file via ADB, open your Home Directory and right click on Downloads. The Services menu will open and allow you to open a new Terminal at your Downloads folder. You no longer have to use any paths. Simply write “adb install xyz.apk”. Done

AFTVnewssays:June 2, 2015 at 11:06 am

Thats a great tip! Thanks.

gubo8888says:October 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm


Matthew Thomassays:October 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

Thank you much for sooo simple instruction!!! High five!

JRsays:December 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I seem to be having issues… it doesn’t seem to be reading my installation? ADB commands don’t seem to be working.

Here is what is popping up on my terminal

Last login: Wed Dec 30 17:56:49 on ttys000
Nexus:~ administrator$ /Users/administrator/Desktop/Android/
This will install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
Root Permissions required. Please type your password.
Changed directory to /Users/administrator/Desktop/Android
Moving ADB
mv: rename Mac/adb_Mac to /usr/bin/adb: Operation not permitted
ADB Moved to /usr/bin/adb
moving Fastboot
mv: rename Mac/fastboot_Mac to /usr/bin/fastboot: Operation not permitted
Fastboot moved to /usr/bin/fastboot
You may now run Android Debug Bridge and Fastboot commands
Have a nice day.
Nexus:~ administrator$ adb version
-bash: adb: command not found
Nexus:~ administrator$

Please advise. Any help would be appreciated.

Terrysays:January 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm

I have same using El Capitan

Macssays:January 3, 2016 at 4:11 am

I had this problem too. As of El Capitan the usr/bin folder is restricted so the install script will no longer work. To work around this you can disable “System Integrity Protection” then running the install script will work.

See instructions here

Remember to enable System Integrity Protection once you are done

AFTVnewssays:March 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

I have updated the guide to work with El Capitan and get around this issue.

Maitas Vargtasssays:AdbAugust 21, 2016 at 6:39 am

Im having problems too, same as JR and Terry. I followed the guide to turn off Rootles system integrity check. Osx rebooted and I tested by running “csrutil status” in terminal and it said “System Integrity Protection status: disabled”

I still get “-bash: fastboot: command not found” tho… what to do?

Jegadeesansays:September 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm


I have installed ADP V 1.4.2 but getting the below error.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:UsersDell>adb start-server
‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.


Samsays:November 17, 2016 at 4:53 am

ME too. Install Batch is working fine. Files are being copied. Even ran as administrator to make sure. No errors on install. But going to just check version from cmd prompt gets the ‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

where does your installer put the files?

Samsays:November 17, 2016 at 4:54 am

ME too. Install Batch is working fine. Files are being copied. Even ran as administrator to make sure. No errors on install. But going to just check version from cmd prompt gets the ‘adb’ is not recognized.. blah blah
where does your installer put the files?

Johnsays:November 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

For Mac users experiencing the ‘command not found’ error, try prepending the command with ./

For example, ./adb devices

And here’s a time-saving tip: When typing anything at the command line, you can type the first character or couple of characters of, for example, an apk you want to install, then hit the tab key and bash will fill in the rest of the name for you.

Steve Ssays:February 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm

I just tried installing v 1.4.3 on Win 10: when Installing ADB and FASTBOOT…. (System-wide) it shows 0 files copied instead of 4 files as per your images on this help page.

running as Administrator

Any ideas would really be appreciated!

Clarencesays:March 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm

For windows you need to add an environmental variable to adb.exe file.

says:March 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm

My comment after reading seems kinda jacked.

So, Under Environmental Variables, for PATH, you need to add the path to the abd.exe file.