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Swiss-army knife for Android testing and development

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ADB-Enhanced is a Swiss-army knife for Android testing and development. A command-line interface to trigger various scenarios like screen rotation, battery saver mode, data saver mode, doze mode, permission grant/revocation.

Release announcement

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sudo pip3 install adb-enhanced


  1. sudo pip install adb-enhanced for python2 based install works as well but, I would recommend moving to python3 since I will deprecate python2 support anytime after Dec 31, 2018.
  2. If you don’t have sudo access or you are installing without sudo then adbe might not be configured correctly in the path.
  3. To setup bash/z-sh auto-completion, execute sudo pip3 install infi.docopt-completion && docopt-completion $(which adbe) after installing adb-enhanced.


Device configuration

  • Turn doze mode on

adbe doze on

  • Turn mobile-data off

adbe mobile-data off

  • Turn on battery saver

adbe battery saver on

  • Don’t keep activities in the background

adbe dont-keep-activities on

  • Take a screenshot adbe screenshot ~/Downloads/screenshot1.png
  • Take a video adbe screenrecord video.mp4 # Press ^C when finished


  • Grant storage-related runtime permissions

adbe permissions grant com.example storage

  • Revoke storage-related runtime permissions

adbe permissions revoke com.example storage

Interacting with app

  • Start an app

adbe start com.example

  • Kill an app

adbe force-stop com.example

  • Clear app data - equivalent of uninstall and reinstall

adbe clear-data com.example

  • ls/cat/rm any file without worrying about adding “run-as” or “su root”

adbe ls /data/data/com.example/databases # Works as long as com.example is a debuggable package or shell has the root permission or directory has been made publicly accessible

Device info

  • Detailed device info including model name, Android API version etc, device serial

``` $ adbe devices Unlock Device “dcc54112” and give USB debugging access to this PC/Laptop by unlocking and reconnecting the device. More info about this device: “unauthorized usb:339869696X transport_id:17”

Serial ID: dcc54111 Manufacturer: OnePlus Model: ONEPLUS A5000 (OnePlus 5T) Release: 8.1.0 SDK version: 27 CPU: arm64-v8a

Serial ID: emulator-5554 Manufacturer: unknown Model: Android SDK built for x86 Release: 4.4.2 SDK version: 19 CPU: x86 ```

App info

  • Detailed information about app version, target SDK version, permissions (requested, granted, denied), installer package name, etc.

``` $ adbe app info App name: Version: 12.17.41 Version Code: 121741370 Is debuggable: False Min SDK version: 21 Target SDK version: 26


Install time granted permissions: android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS android.permission.MANAGE_ACCOUNTS android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW android.permission.NFC android.permission.CHANGE_NETWORK_STATE android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED android.permission.INTERNET android.permission.GET_PACKAGE_SIZE android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE android.permission.VIBRATE android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE android.permission.WAKE_LOCK

Runtime Permissions not granted and not yet requested: android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE android.permission.MANAGE_DOCUMENTS android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS android.permission.CAMERA android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO android.permission.READ_CONTACTS android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE android.permission.SEND_SMS android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS com.sonyericsson.home.permission.BROADCAST_BADGE com.sonymobile.home.permission.PROVIDER_INSERT_BADGE android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

Installer package name: None ```

  • App backup to a tar file unlike the Android-specific .ab format

$ adbe app backup backup.tar


adbe [options] rotate (landscape | portrait | left | right)
adbe [options] gfx (on | off | lines)
adbe [options] overdraw (on | off | deut)
adbe [options] layout (on | off)
adbe [options] airplane (on | off)
adbe [options] battery level <percentage>
adbe [options] battery saver (on | off)
adbe [options] battery reset
adbe [options] doze (on | off)
adbe [options] jank <app_name>
adbe [options] devices
adbe [options] top-activity
adbe [options] dump-ui <xml_file>
adbe [options] mobile-data (on | off)
adbe [options] mobile-data saver (on | off)
adbe [options] rtl (on | off)
adbe [options] screenshot <filename.png>
adbe [options] screenrecord <filename.mp4>
adbe [options] dont-keep-activities (on | off)
adbe [options] animations (on | off)
adbe [options] show-taps (on | off)
adbe [options] stay-awake-while-charging (on | off)
adbe [options] input-text <text>
adbe [options] press back
adbe [options] open-url <url>
adbe [options] permission-groups list all
adbe [options] permissions list (all | dangerous)
adbe [options] permissions (grant | revoke) <app_name> (calendar | camera | contacts | location | microphone | phone | sensors | sms | storage)
adbe [options] apps list (all | system | third-party | debug | backup-enabled)
adbe [options] standby-bucket get <app_name>
adbe [options] standby-bucket set <app_name> (active | working_set | frequent | rare)
adbe [options] restrict-background (true | false) <app_name>
adbe [options] ls [-a] [-l] [-R|-r] <file_path>
adbe [options] rm [-f] [-R|-r] <file_path>
adbe [options] mv [-f] <src_path> <dest_path>
adbe [options] pull [-a] <file_path_on_android>
adbe [options] pull [-a] <file_path_on_android> <file_path_on_machine>
adbe [options] push <file_path_on_machine> <file_path_on_android>
adbe [options] cat <file_path>
adbe [options] start <app_name>
adbe [options] stop <app_name>
adbe [options] restart <app_name>
adbe [options] force-stop <app_name>
adbe [options] clear-data <app_name>
adbe [options] app info <app_name>
adbe [options] app path <app_name>
adbe [options] app signature <app_name>
adbe [options] app backup <app_name> [<backup_tar_file_path>]
adbe [options] install <file_path>
adbe [options] uninstall <app_name>


-e, --emulator          directs the command to the only running emulator
-d, --device            directs the command to the only connected "USB" device
-s, --serial SERIAL     directs the command to the device or emulator with the given serial number or qualifier.
                        Overrides ANDROID_SERIAL environment variable.
-l                      For long list format, only valid for "ls" command
-R                      For recursive directory listing, only valid for "ls" and "rm" command
-r                      For delete file, only valid for "ls" and "rm" command
-f                      For forced deletion of a file, only valid for "rm" command
-v, --verbose           Verbose mode
--no-python2-warn       Don't warn about Python 2 deprecation

Python3 migration timeline

  • Nov 27, 2017 - Code is Python3 compatible
  • Jan 18, 2018 - pip (python package manager) has the updated version which is Python3 compatible
  • Nov 15, 2018 - Python2 based installation discouraged. Python3 is recommended.
  • Dec 31, 2018 - Python2 will not be officially supported after Dec 31, 2018.


make lint
make test_python2
make test_python3

Release a new build

A new build can be released using `release/ <>`__ script. Build a test release via make release_debug. Build a production release via make release_production

Updating docs for ReadTheDocs

pandoc --from=markdown --to=rst --output=docs/README.rst && cd docs && make html You will have to do brew install pandoc if you are missing pandoc.

Note: The inspiration of this project came from android-scripts.

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