How to start Android adb server on startup in Ubuntu Linux from root

Hi, recently to make debug on real device I need to restart my adb server (Android Debug Bridge) manually.

To use it I need restart it with root privileges.

sudo adb kill-server
sudo adb start-server

Now I want to show you how to make it on startup your Linux OS.
1. Create file with adb name
2. Put it in /etc/init.d/ dir
3. Add folowing content:

 #!/bin/sh
 case "$1" in
    start)
          # Start daemon.
          echo -n "Starting ADB: "
          /opt/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb start-server
          ;;
    stop)
          # Stop daemons.
          echo -n "Shutting ADB: "
          /opt/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb kill-server
          ;;
    restart)
          $0 stop
          $0 start
          ;;
    *)
          echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart}"
          exit 1
 esac

 exit 0

4. Run following commands

cd /etc/init.d/
sudo chown root:root adb
sudo update-rc.d adb defaults
sudo chmod +x adb

5. reboot your Linux OS
6. Plug your Android device to USB
7. run

adb devices

8. Everythink is ok If you see something like this:

List of devices attached 
YOUR_DEVICE_SERIAL_NUMBER	device

Enjoy codding!

3 thoughts on “How to start Android adb server on startup in Ubuntu Linux from root

  1. Not working for me.
    Terminal text is:

    home@ubuntu:~$ adb devices
    No command ‘adb’ found, did you mean:
    Command ‘cdb’ from package ‘tinycdb’ (main)
    Command ‘gdb’ from package ‘gdb’ (main)
    Command ‘dab’ from package ‘bsdgames’ (universe)
    Command ‘zdb’ from package ‘zfs-fuse’ (universe)
    Command ‘kdb’ from package ‘elektra-bin’ (universe)
    Command ‘tdb’ from package ‘tads2-dev’ (multiverse)
    Command ‘pdb’ from package ‘python’ (main)
    Command ‘jdb’ from package ‘openjdk-6-jdk’ (main)
    Command ‘jdb’ from package ‘openjdk-7-jdk’ (universe)
    Command ‘ab’ from package ‘apache2-utils’ (main)
    Command ‘ad’ from package ‘netatalk’ (universe)
    adb: command not found

    Please help….I did exactly the same and I am using Ubuntu 12.04

  2. 3 small comments:

    You have to replace /opt/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb by a path to your android sdk adb if is is not installed there. [obvious but might confuse beginners).

    > sudo chmod +x adb
    should be before
    > sudo update-rc.d adb defaults
    I got “insserv: script adb is not an executable regular file, skipped!”

    Reboot is not necessary, you can just use:
    sudo /etc/init.d/adb restart

    Anyway this is awesome, thanks !
    Nicolas.

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