I am trying to open a URL in Google Chrome using adb command line. Have set "--no-first-run" using following command -

adb shell 'echo "chrome --no-first-run" > /data/local/tmp/chrome-command-line'

Have taken the command line switch from the following website - http://peter.sh/experiments/chromium-command-line-switches/

Then I execute the following commands,

adb -s TA99300UFC shell am set-debug-app com.android.chrome
adb -s TA99300UFC shell am start -n com.android.chrome/com.google.android.apps.chrome.Main -d 'http://wikipedia.org'

Still the "Welcome Page" shows up.

How can I skip this and go directly to the website URL passed in command?

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    Weird! I didn't need --no-first-run trick and am start -n com.android.chrome/com.google.android.apps.chrome.Main -d 'http://wikipedia.org' is working here perfectly for Chrome v46.0. See if changing the component name works. Replace com.google.android.apps.chrome.Main with org.chromium.chrome.browser.ChromeTabbedActivity or use "" instead of ''. Tell us the results. Use --activity-clear-task at the end, if necessary.
    – Firelord
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 14:34
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    Related: Open a new tab in chrome from a shortcut or app / Which Android version are you using?
    – Firelord
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 14:38

1 Answer 1


The problem was solved after the --persistent flag was added in the set-debug-app command.

So the command changed to adb -s TA99300UFC shell am set-debug-app --persistent com.android.chrome. After that chrome://version displayed chrome --display-fre under the Command line section.

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