Resolving the “adb is not recognized” Error in Windows

Resolving the "adb is not recognized" Error in Windows

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

When attempting to run Android Debug Bridge (ADB) commands and encountering the error message:

'adb' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

It typically indicates that Windows cannot find the adb executable in your system’s PATH environment variable. The PATH environment variable is a list of directories that Windows searches for executable files.

Step-by-Step Solution

  1. Locate your ADB installation directory, which is generally found in the platform-tools folder of your Android SDK installation. The default installation location for the Android SDK from Android Studio is:
  2. C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\platform-tools

    Remember to replace YOUR_USERNAME with your actual Windows user name.

  3. Once you have located the platform-tools directory, you need to add it to your system’s PATH environment variable. To do this on Windows 10:
    1. Right-click on the Start menu and select System.
    2. Click on About, then select System info at the bottom right.
    3. In the System window, click on Advanced system settings on the left panel.
    4. In the System Properties window, go to the Advanced tab and click on Environment Variables…
    5. In the Environment Variables window, under the System variables section, find and select the Path variable, then click Edit…
    6. In the Edit Environment Variable window, click New and paste the path to your platform-tools directory.
    7. Click OK on all windows to apply the changes.
  4. After adding the directory to the PATH, you will need to restart any open Command Prompt windows for the changes to take effect.

If you follow these steps and still encounter issues, ensure there are no typos in the PATH entry and that the ADB executable is indeed present in the platform-tools directory.

Using Repeato for Test Automation

While addressing the ADB path issue is crucial for manual testing and development tasks, when it comes to test automation, you might consider using a tool like Repeato. Repeato is a No-code test automation tool for iOS and Android that streamlines the process of creating, running, and maintaining automated tests for your mobile applications.

With its intuitive interface, Repeato allows you to automate tests without extensive knowledge of ADB commands or scripting. It works with various app frameworks such as React Native, Flutter, Unity, and more. Furthermore, it simplifies the execution of ADB commands with its integrated ADB and script steps, making it an invaluable asset for mobile app testing.

For more insights into automating your mobile app testing process and leveraging the power of tools like Repeato, visit our articles on Android Automation Tools and Cross-Platform Mobile Test Automation Tools.

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