My laptop has Ubuntu 14.04 as OS. I installed latest version of "android-adb-tools" available in "Synaptic Package Manager". After installation, adb command --help says that adb's version is 1.0.31.

I used adb sideload to install a new ROM on my Samsung device (with TWRP version as recovery), but command returns error: protocol fault (no status) and TWRP says that I have to use adb with version 1.0.32 or higher! Where i could find "android-adb-tools" package with adb version of 1.0.32 or higher?

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Download and untar


After this, just copy the extracted executable "adb" over old one in /usr/bin.

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    This works but not the best solution, hopefully an updated repo shows up somewhere...
    – Tobias J
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 14:25
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    It's better not to muddle with your repo-installed files in /usr/bin. Just put the file somewhere new. Make a /bin folder in your home directory. Add it to your path if you want this version of adb to be chosen automatically. Commented May 24, 2015 at 0:52
  • @TobyJ: that would be nice, but as of now, no more recent package shows up at ubuntuupdates.org/…
    – mc0e
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 17:20

You should download the Android SDK and use it to install the Android SDK Tools, which includes adb and fastboot.


Uninstall old adb. Get this,


Install android-tools-adb and its dependencies manually from the above link, (sudo dpkg -i xxxxxxx.deb)

This will install adb with version 1.0.32 . Hope this helps.

  • But I have latest version of android-tools-adb : 4.2.2+git20130218-3ubuntu23 and adb version results in Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.31 Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 8:35
  • android-tools-adb 4.2.2xxxxx package consists of adb with version 1.0.31. You have to download and install android-tools-adb 5.1.1xxx along with its dependencies manually from the above link that I have provided. Then you will be having adb version 1.0.32 installed. Commented May 5, 2016 at 15:19

The other option is to install a recovery that doesn't require the new version of adb. I install CWM and was able to get around it this way.


If you are running a 64-bit version of Ubuntu, you need to install some 32-bit libraries with the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386 lib32z1 libbz2-1.0:i386

Then install adb and fastboot:

$ sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
  • For 64-bit Lubuntu, the command you provided to install the 32-bit libraries failed, but I found that you can download a 64-bit version of the platform tools (which includes adb and fastboot) here: developer.android.com/studio/releases/….
    – schulwitz
    Commented Sep 9, 2017 at 17:54

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