Questions tagged [command-line]

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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Is it possible to control my android phone with my pc?

My phone is currently stuck on the boot menu and my power button doesn't work. Is there some way where I can use my computer to select the «reboot system now» option on the boot menu?
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Add dynamic Contacts to android emulator or device from command line

We want to add specific contacts to our android emulator/device so that we can run tests particularly invites on those contacts. The contacts would be generated as pre-script before running tests. As ...
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What does the -g global flag do when using pm install -g

I'm trying to get google play store to work on a proprietary custom ROM. I was given a hack to do this with my device. It's very hit or miss but I can get it working sometimes. When I install Google ...
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Create and edit a bash script in an USB connected smartphone

The question explains it all. I am using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. I have connected an android smartphone to pc using USB. Changed directory to internal storage using: cd /run/user/*/gvfs/*/'Internal Shared ...
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Read input from stdin when using `pm install`

I would like to install an application using pm install but not provide the APK path and rather provide application data using stdin as shown in the documentation below: install [-rtfdgw] [-i PACKAGE] ...
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Command line to remontly shutdown the display and power on

I'm using a digital signage CMS and app to control an Android tablet with root access. I can "reboot" it with this simple command, but I haven't found a command line to put the display to ...
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Verifying a (custom) ROM signature

Android ROMs and also Android custom ROMs are typically cryptographically signed. Most users will only recognize this if they try to install a ROM and the signature verification on-device fails. For ...
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adb sideload lineage.zip yields adb: failed to read command: No error

TL;DR Trying to sideload Lineage, I hit a brick wall getting the following error: D:\Setups\XXXXX\Lineage FP3\platform-tools_28.0.2(ADB_1.0.41)> adb sideload lineage-17.1-20210104-nightly-FP3-...
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ADB server version (40) doesn't match this client (41) {Not using Genymotion}

Disclaimer: this is not a duplicate to this SO question as the source of the question is different and the answers don't apply.* I hope, it is correctly placed in AE and that the note about not using ...
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Cant' mount loop device

After I format the loop.img (formatted as ext4) I can mount it no problem. But when I'm trying to remount loop.img from external sdcard to /data/data/com.termux/home/ubuntu20-fs/ always throw invalid ...
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Termux (Terminal) tsu is adding "(unreachable)" to my current working path

When I run tsu (which is Termux's version of su), my current working directory gets prefixed with "(unreachable)", as you can see from the transcript of my session. [u0_a116 …/~]$ tsu [root …...
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Stop ActivityManager killing background Termux processes

I've been trying to run a ssh and a http server on my non-rooted Android phone using Termux. I've installed Termux:Boot and termux-services to run them. The server processes run for a while after I ...
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Bind command on ADB to Android Emulator problem

im sorry.. im new here.. i don't know where to start. i want to run some command in emulator (android). im running certain apps, and i need it to run and not to be detectable in emulator instead as ...
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Is it possible to disable USB tethering from command line?

I try to be able to stop USB tethering. I tried: adb shell am stop com.android.settings/.TetherSettings # Unknown command: stop adb shell am kill com.android.settings/.TetherSettings # nothing adb ...
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What is the difference between fastboot oem unlock and fastboot oem unlock-go?

I'm having issues unlocking my Nexus 7 2013 WiFi's bootloader, and it was suggested that I try fastboot oem unlock-go instead of fastboot oem unlock. Both seem to act the same on my device, however ...
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How to make phone say something from commandline

I want to send a command which makes the phone say something. Is there any way I can install such a command, or is there one that I don't know about? The phone is rooted so I have full access to it ...
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How to disable user input (touchscreen) from command line without root

In the android command line, I need to disable the touchscreen user inputs. I do not want to use root because I want it to be universal instead of device-specific (root is obviously not as widespread ...
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please explain the: >"adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 mixed 80" command

it is taken from I want to split one MicroSD card into two parts: part adoptable storage, and part normal storage. How can I do this? what is 80 at the end? 80%? I ran that on an Adoptable Storage ...
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Disabling data for specific apps on android

My device is rooted with magisk, and I prefer cli options over apps. My device have android version 10 with stock android. All the firewall apps connect to a vpn (which i don't trust at all) to ...
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how to connect and disconnect from WiFi using ADB (not a root user)?

I found this project which allows me to connect to a WiFi through ADB commands not being a root user. I was wondering if anyone knows how to disconnect also from ADB and not being a root user. ...
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How to launch a pdf from a terminal?

I gain precious time by launching pdf from the terminal in Linux evince ~/mypdf.pdf What is the exact command that allows me to do that on android? This post gives the following template: am start ...
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How to send SMS from terminal in background on Android?

I'm trying to send text message (SMS) from my Android terminal app in background (sim 1 or 2). I can send message in foreground using this command: am start -a android.intent.action.SENDTO -d sms:121 -...
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Obtaining app storage details via ADB

TL;DR: On-device, we can navigate to Settings › Apps, and for each app separately can call up details on storage used: by the app itself, by its data, by its cache. Is it possible to obtain those ...
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Why Android x86 9.0 boots in command line and not in GUI?

i just installed android x86 9.0c and i don't know why it doesn't boot on GUI mode and it boots only in commandline then after some seconds i can only see just a dash appearing and disappearing. I ...
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How to get 2nd IMEI number using adb?

I am currently using this command adb shell "service call iphonesubinfo 1" to get IMEI number, but it only returns 1st one. Does anyone know how I can get the 2nd IMEI number?
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How to stream an encrypted backup of the entire device to remote host?

I have an Android device that has no free space and no SD-card that I can replace (thanks to OnePlus policy). I also have no free space on PC to accommodate the backup so I wanted to upload it to the ...
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Read GPS location from command line via SSH

I am wondering if there's a way to read the current GPS coordinates via SSH using SSHelper as SSH server. I came accross some similar threads: How to detect GPS status through adb shell? A way to ...
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How to set Wi-Fi HTTPS proxy, not HTTP, via adb shell?

For HTTP I found a link: How to set WIFI proxy via adb shell? But I want to setup HTTPS proxy via adb shell.
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Enable and disable system overlays with shell command

I'm trying to create an automatic Dark Mode using Tasker, which would work disabling overlays (to get a default light theme) and enabling others (to get a dark mode). For the light theme I run cmd ...
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How can I run chroot on Android?

I have my chroot environment setup (Alpine Linux) in /sdcard/alpine. I try running my chroot with the following commands: su chroot alpine /bin/busybox (busybox is the cli of Alpine) I get the ...
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is it possible to activate usb debugging using adb command line?

i have xiaomi phone and forget mi account. so i try to restore it using factory reset. i try to enabling USB debuging then. but it says "developer option is not avaiable for this user". adb is active. ...
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Enable OTG with a shell command

I'm running Android Pie on a rooted OnePlus 6, and I wanted to know how I can enable OTG with a shell command. I need this in order to automate some tasks. There is a setting that can toggle OTG, ...
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“agrep” for Android Terminal?

How can I do this (agrep) in the Android Terminal? This program allows elastic text searching, which means that searchqwery would match searchquery, and searching Android would also match Anfroid or ...
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How to switch between APNs using adb?

Is there any adb or shell command available to switch between different APNs?
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Installing a homebrew/linuxbrew formula on an Android device

How would one go about installing a simple homebrew/linuxbrew formula on an Android device via adb? Specifically, I want to install this formula which contains a cli tool called aamath that translates ...
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How to connect to a SSH server from Android client?

I can install and run an SSH server on my Android 6.0 phone (Banana SSH server), and I can run an SSH client on it (Termius), so how do I invoke the client from on the command line that the server ...
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Can't find call log from adb shell

Phone is a Samsung Galaxy E5 SM-E500m (lte, dual chip, codename e5lte). Android version 5.1.1 "lollipop" Stock ROM. I pulled the database file from /data/data/com.android.providers.contacts/databases/...
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what is the meaning of the output of the users list command

I'm using the cmd user list command and this is the output I'm getting from the shell. UserInfo{0:Owner:13} UserInfo{23:shalevM:20} what does the last variable means? the first one is ...
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Can't chown or chmod files on android phone

Hi there i got some files on my android phone and want to make them executable. Permissions are root:sdcard_rw. I cant remove tha sdcard_rw with chown, and cant make the files executable with chmod.
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Install Split APK Manually

Recently I got to know a thing called split apks, and found the slices as invalid apk files, only the base is. Unfortunately, this means the usual default package installer is unable to handle this, ...
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How to fix "mount: 'remount'->'/system': No such file or directory"?

angler:/ # mount -o rw, remount /system mount: 'remount'->'/system': No such file or directory 1|angler:/ # When I try in Kali Linux in my phone: root@kali:~# mount -o rw, remount /system mount: /...
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Is it possible to install "iproute2" on Android?

I tried to use git clone in googlesource's page but it didn't do much. I want to use the ss command from the package but I don't know how to install it. My phone is ARM 32-bit.
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Shutdown/Reboot Process Hangs Device

Is there any reason a programmatic or command-line shutdown (or reboot) process in Android 7.1 might randomly result in a hard freeze-up, requiring a long (~8 second) press of the power button to ...
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How can run native executables compiled for ARM on unrooted Android devices? [duplicate]

Following this tutorial I have compiled a Hello World! ARM binary from C source using gcc. I want to run this program on my unrooted Android phone but I can't figure out an easy way to do it. What I'...
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Linux command 'w' - how is this as command written in Android shell?

I am searching for similiar commands in Android shell - as they are used in Linux like these commands - what can I type in Android terminal for : w who whoami ? Thank you.
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Termux:Widget and Emacs: can't start subprocesses

I have some tasks that I like to do using Emacs on several different operating systems. I have been using Termux so that I can access these tasks on my Android phone. To reduce setting-up typing in ...
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Commands run on terminal but throw errors in shell script

I created a .sh script which sets app permissions on Android devices. If I push the script on /sdcard and run it through adb shell with command sh ./test.sh, the following error occurs on each ...
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Android Terminal: Vibration command?

Which command in the Android Terminal can be used to vibrate? (for a custom length such as 50 milliseconds) I would like to integrate vibration feedback into a shell script. Maybe I need permission ...
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Send data via Bluetooth to Serial

I have an application running on Win that the JavaScript would capture the string from a webpage and wake up the cmd, cmd would have the parameter as below. bridgetool.exe -c serial -p com1: -b ...
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Where to find information about WiFi connectivity of the device?

is there a way I can find information about my device's connectivity to WiFi network? I need information like: what network I'm connected too, what is the mac address of the router, how long have I ...

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