How to setup ADB and Fastboot on a Mac or Windows computer

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.

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)
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  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-enable System Integrity Protection if you disabled it at the start of this guide.


  1. Colin says:

    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?

    • AFTVnews says:

      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.

  2. John Merrill says:

    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

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  4. Matthew Thomas says:

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

  5. JR says:

    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.

  6. Maitas Vargtass says:

    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?

  7. Jegadeesan says:


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


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