Troubleshooting ‘adb not found’ Error on Linux Systems

Troubleshooting 'adb not found' Error on Linux Systems

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Developers often encounter an error stating “adb not found” when trying to run an Android app from an IDE like Eclipse on Linux systems. This can be a frustrating issue, especially when the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) executable appears to be in the correct location.

Understanding the ‘adb not found’ Error

This error typically occurs when attempting to use ADB on a 64-bit Linux system without the necessary 32-bit libraries. ADB, as part of the Android SDK platform-tools, previously included 32-bit binaries, which required additional libraries on 64-bit systems to function properly.

Resolving the Error

To resolve this error, you need to ensure your system has the required 32-bit compatibility libraries installed. Depending on your Linux distribution, the required packages may vary. Here are the steps for the most common distributions:

Debian-based Distributions (e.g., Ubuntu)

For Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu, you can install the necessary libraries using the following command:

sudo apt-get install libc6-i386 lib32stdc++6 lib32gcc1 lib32ncurses5 lib32z1


On Fedora systems, the equivalent command would be:

sudo yum install zlib.i686 libstdc++.i686 ncurses-libs.i686 libgcc.i686

Arch Linux

For Arch Linux users, the following commands will install the multiarch libraries:

sudo pacman -S lib32-glibc lib32-zlib lib32-libstdc++5 lib32-ncurses lib32-gcc-libs

Checking Your Installation

After installing the necessary libraries, you should verify that ADB is working correctly. Navigate to the platform-tools directory and execute the ADB command:

cd /path/to/adt-bundle-linux/sdk/platform-tools/
adb version

If ADB responds with its version number, the installation is successful.

Permission Issues

If you’re still facing issues, it may be related to permission settings. Ensure that the SDK files have the correct permissions by executing:

sudo chmod -R +x /path/to/android-sdk-linux

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