A "command line" is a text interface to enter commands interactively. In our context, it usually means a "Unix Shell" in a terminal app, or the ADB shell on a computer to interact with an Android device.

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Are there any command line SSH clients available for rooted Android phones?

I of course have ConnectBot, but I'm looking for something I can script. Edit: To clarify here, I'm not interested in running scripts from a terminal. What I want to do is run an SSH command in an ...
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What's the best way to restart Android via command line (remotely)?

I'm looking for the best / friendliest way to reboot my rooted android 4.1.1 device. I found these solutions so far: su -c "reboot" - Causes problems with wifi after restart on my device... I read ...
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Is it possible to activate the “USB Tethering” Android setting from the command line?

I would like to activate "USB tethering" from within a bash script, so is there any possibility to run a command line with adb shell to change some Android settings ? Edit1: The following command ...
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Toggling USB mass storage on (or off) via adb commands

Background: I have a USB stick Android device (e.g. RikoMagic) which I mostly run in "headless" mode. Among other things, I've already figured out how to shut it down via a combination of adb and the ...
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Android Read recent SMS messages from command line

I have recently broken my Android's screen. (Again) Its a T-Mobile G2 Trying to keep up with my busy technology related life is hard enough without losing my link with everyone. I have rooted the ...
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Can you run Linux command line apps on Android?

I'm brand new to Android; in fact I've never owned one. But I'm traveling all this summer, and I'm very interested in doing some programming while I'm on the run. QUESTION: Is it possible to run a ...
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Read APK permission by shell command

I want to read the requested permissions of an .apk file on the computer (android sdk is installed) via command line. I.E.: $ android read-permissions /path/to/someapp.apk I know this is possible, ...
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Start an Android application via a shell script?

Is it possible to start an actual Android application from the command line in Android? For example, say I'd simply like to start/bring to the front my calendar. Is there a way that I can do this ...
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how to run a specific app's action via terminal?

I need to run my android app from a remote computer via SSH, but I'm not a command-line expert, so I would like to know: how to run a specific action of an app? (not just open it) Which implies: how ...
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Where to find description of all “/system/bin/service” calls?

In one answer I was adviced to use service call phone 2 s16 "$number". It works, but in service list I see other useful things I don't know how to use and can't easily find the information on the ...
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Rooted phone - sending SMS message via command line

I have a rooted Droid (Sholes), with ConnectBot installed. I can ssh into it via dropbear copied to /system/xbin, and/or also the instance of Debian installed on it via the "Linux Installer" ...
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How to return to the home screen with a terminal command?

Is there a terminal command to go to the home screen? I need to do this via ssh, so I cannot just push the "home" button, I need to send a command-line action..
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On Android can I write scripts (similar to Win .bat files) to combine several command line commands?

On Windows, I can run two commands using a .bat file. How can I achieve the same thing on Android For example: update my podcasts by calling pcastclient /updateALL force sync of my pictures ...
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How to send a variable value to and receive it in a task?

I've a OnePlus One with rooted Cyanogen OS 12 and Tasker v4.8. I've a bash script in PC which when exiting requires a Tasker's task to be executed. I've seen the question Running a tasker task via ...
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How to find the pathname of the swap partition on SD card?

As this warns, you should not enable swap on the wrong partition or you can destroy your phone: OK before we go any further! previous phones had a partition layout where mmcblck0 was the SDcard ...
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Enter recovery mode from command line

Does anyone know if there's a way to get an Android phone to reboot into recovery mode, from the Android command line? Note: I do NOT have adb access. I do NOT know the magic power-on sequence to ...
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How can I remotely change the volume?

At home I often connect my android to some speakers, to listen to internet-radio. It would like to be able to change the sound-level through a command on my laptop. I can open an ssh shell to the ...
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How to install kernel module for android?

I currently have a custom kernel and ROM installed on my android device. The kernel I'm using comes with a separate download with kernel modules that you are to install yourself if you want. However ...
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Why can't I get root access from shell?

> adb shell sh-4.1$ su Permission denied I have rooted my phone successfully. I know this because I'm able to install apps on SD card and I have a program called SD Maid that is able to operate ...
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Why do Linux commands not work properly on Android?

> adb shell sh-4.1$ ls -F -F: No such file or directory -F switch works fine on my Ubuntu. Why doesn't it work on Android? Is there a way to make it work?
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A way to get the current resolution size and DPI from the command line/terminal/adb?

I've got adb access to my android phone. So I know that I can override screen density and screen resolution with the am command provided with Android. That's great and dandy, I guess. But is there a ...
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Is there a way to switch Android users from the command line?

Using the following command, I managed to enable multi-user mode in an Android device that doesn't officicially support it: adb shell setprop fw.max_users 4. For good measure I also added the ...
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Enable On-screen navigation in CM12 (Lollipop) using shell?

Device: OnePlus One (OPO); running CM12, is rooted, and has Xposed Framework installed. I need to enable On-screen navigation (it disables Hardware (HW) keys and shows soft keys at the screen; like ...
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How to call from console?

How to make or receive a call from console? Expecting something like this, UNIX-style: make_call +3750291234567 < played_data.wav > recorded_data.wav wait_for_call < played_data.wav > ...
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A Real Terminal (Root or No-Root)

I use KUBUNTU on my laptop, but this goes for any Linux distro. I can open a terminal window and type in things like sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get install packagename. Is there a terminal that can ...
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Open command prompt to access folders of a USB connected Android phone

If I connect a Phone with my Windows 7 machine via USB, it shows up in explorer with a name e.g. Nexus 5. How can I open a command prompt and change directory to this device. For lettered drives, I ...
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How do I invoke “su” from a terminal prompt?

I can get a root prompt in the terminal by running one exploits documented elsewhere. (e.g. here: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/Motorola_Droid_2_Global:_Full_Update_Guide) At this point, I can ...
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Rootless CLI Utilities

Do I have to root my android device to install command line utilities? I would really like to run Vim, among other programs on my phone. I have no reason not to root my phone, I just want to know if ...
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Command to list partitions?

I want to list the partitions on my phone - system, boot, recovery etc. What terminal command should I use? The mount command just lists mount points.
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How to take backup of all installed APKs from Phone to PC? [duplicate]

How do I take backup of all installed apks from my sgs2 to PC using android sdk/ 3rd party tool etc? My phone is not rooted. I can install/uninstall apks using adb, but is there any similar command ...
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How to get to know via command-line/adb where boot process hangs?

Question: (How) is it possible to get to know via adb where exactly a booting-up android device is hanging? My problem/ background information: I recently did changes on the automatic display ...
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pm hide VS pm disable — the identity crisis

What's the need of pm disable when pm hide already does its job? I've compiled some information based on my search and research: click here to see the table (edited). As you can see, pm hide can ...
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Turn phone on with ADB or Fastboot?

My power button seems to have busted, is there a way I can boot my phone using ADB or Fastboot or some other command line interface?
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How to list all major partitions with their labels?

I want to figure out all partitions on my device together with their resp. mount points or labels (i.e. to know which partition is holding system, recovery, boot, etc.). This needs to be device ...
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Minicom app for Android?

Is there a comm app similar to minicom, hyperterminal or zterm for Android? I would prefer a port of minicom, if it exits. BTW, I'm running Android ICS on a Galaxy Nexus.
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How do i open a text file from a terminal window from within the android gui

I'm trying to open a text file from within a terminal window emulator -- but not so it opens in the actual terminal but more like I've just clicked on it. So my question is: What command can I use to ...
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Disable touchscreen input via console

I'm looking for a way to disable and enable the phone's touchscreen via console, and possibly the physical buttons, so to prevent finger touches from being processed. The phone is a Samsung Galaxy ...
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How to change “Preferred Network Mode” using adb without reboot?

I'm trying to change my phone's (CM 12, Stock 4.2, both rooted) preferred network mode from "GSM/WCDMA" (0) to "WCDMA only" (2) and vice versa (there can be other modes too), using command-line only. ...
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How can I change preferred network type through a script (or terminal command)

I'm currently attempting to create a workaround for a problem that is plaguing a ROM that I'm using. While my phone and ROM are capable of using LTE, and use it perfectly fine, the "preferred network ...
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FFMpeg stream to FFServer from Back Camera

I'm looking for a way to stream my camera video from my Android phone to an FFServer, like I would with FFMpeg from the command line in Linux: ffmpeg -f video4linux2 -i /dev/video0 ...
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Which WiFi-Direct commands can be used in Android?

I am interested to know what commands can be used in Android to control WiFi direct from the terminal/command line. I took a look into p2p WIFI direct but I didn't catch these commands!! I can find ...
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Where should I install Toybox?

I own a rooted Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G running stock Android 4.1.2. If you have Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" or better, then you have Toybox. This is a package of command-line tools, handy for ...
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How to check my phone hardware specs on Android terminal emulator

I was wondering if there is a command to check the hardware specs of my phone. I just installed the Android terminal emulator. I've tried the 'lshw' but it does not work. Thanks in advance.
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How to delete a file (e.g. malware app) that cannot be even removed with root access?

I have root access in my device, but there is a malware in /system/app/ that I can't delete. This malware installs TimeService, MonkeyTest, and also some other apps like DR battery and privacy guard, ...
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How to install bundles of additional terminal commands for rooted devices?

I rooted a HTC Wildfire S device recently and flashed an Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean Custom ROM. One benefit is that I can use the terminal now. I'm a little used to using terminal emulators on ...
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Update Android SDK Platform Tools via Command line

I want to write a script to update the Android SDK platform tools and I need the command if available to run in order to achieve this. What I have found is that I can use the Android command under the ...
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Cause and solution of “Error: Unknown operation string: <OP>”

First of all, the following command works perfectly fine on Android 5.1.1 (CM, PA and Tesla ROM builds): adb shell su -c 'appops set android SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW deny' The said command blocks ...
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What are the command line options of Genymotion's player

Can someone give me a list of the cli options of Genymotion's player command. I see that I can get a list of the devices via VituralBox's command: $ VBoxManage list vms Then I can start the ...
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How can I install wpa_cli on my rooted device?

I rooted my device, then I go to adb shell and type su to enter wpa_cli. I was surprised that wpa_cli: not found appeared, although I get information when I type wpa_supplicant. I know that wpa_cli ...
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command on adb waits forever

I can successfully execute ADB commands, but if the command has no output the command line just waits there and does not let me enter a new command until I press ctrl-c, the commands do work however. ...