‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

The question:

I am trying to run google map v2 on emulator, I am following this tutorial.
When I was trying to install required apk file on emulator, I am getting below error.

I tried to solve this using this tutorial.Followed all steps, added the path to paltform-tools to environment path. Also after modifying the PATH variable started a new CommandPrompt window.

But getting the same error. I need to check my google map application on emulator.
Kindly suggest me.

'adb' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

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The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Set the path of adb into System Variables. You can find adb in “ADT Bundle/sdk/platform-tools” Set the path and restart the cmd n then try again.


You can also goto the dir where adb.exe is located and do the same thing if you don’t wanna set the PATH.

If you wanna see all the paths, just do

echo %PATH%

Method 2

From Android Studio 1.3, the ADB location is at:


Now add this location to the end of PATH of environment variables. Eg:


Method 3

If you want to use it every time add the path of adb to your system variables:
enter to cmd (command prompt) and write the following:

echo %PATH%

this command will show you what it was before you will add adb path

setx PATH "%PATH%;C:Program Filesandroid-sdk-windowsplatform-tools"

be careful the path that you want to add if it contains double quote

after you restart your cmd rewrite:

echo %PATH%

you will find that the path is added

PS: if you just want to add the path to cmd just to this session you can use:

set PATH=%PATH%;C:Program Filesandroid-sdk-windowsplatform-tools

Method 4

I did this on Windows 7, by going to:

Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Environment Variables…

In this Environment Variables window, in the User variables for (your-username) highlight Path and click Edit…

You then need to append a ; if there isn’t already one at the end of the Variable value field, and then append C:Users<your-username>AppDataLocalAndroidsdkplatform-tools; to that same field.

Then click the three OK buttons to get out.

If you already have a Command Prompt window open, close it then re-open and the adb devices command should then work.

Method 5

In Windows 10,

  1. Add User Variable PATH: %USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalAndroidsdkplatform-tools.
  2. Restart cmd (if any open).
  3. adb devices, it should list, if it does, you are all set.

That’s it!

Method 6

Add your path into environment variable “PATH” where you installed your sdk with below:


You can in image below for example:

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and reopen your command prompt to see changes.

Method 7

Follow path of you platform tools folder in android setup folder where you will found adb.exe


Check the screenshot for details

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Method 8

On Window, sometimes I feel hard to click through many steps to find platform-tools and open Environment Variables Prompt, so the below steps maybe help

Step 1. Open cmd as Administrator

Step 2. File platform-tools path

cd C:
dir /s adb.exe

Step 3: Edit Path in Edit Enviroment Variables Prompt

rundll32 sysdm.cpl,EditEnvironmentVariables

more, the command to open environment variables can not remember, so I often make an alias for it (eg: editenv), if you need to work with environment variables multiple time, you can use a permanent doskey to make alias

Step 4: Restart cmd

Method 9

adb command can be under the new path below-
for new versions of Android studio.
I found in this location for me.

Method 10

If your OS is Windows, then it is very simple.
When you install Android Studio, adb.exe is located in the following folder:


Copy the path and paste in your environment variables.

Open your terminal and type: adb it’s done!

Method 11

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For environment variable, we have to need to follow some steps.

Method 12

just open Android studio and press “Tools” on Top navigation bar

tools->SDK Manager

Where you can get SDK location

Open SDK folder -> platform-tools

Method 13

1st: goto the drive where your eclipse reside and goto sdk and platform tool in my case C:adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20140702sdkplatform-tools

2nd:copy that address for ease of access

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3:open command prompt win+r and type cmd hit enter

4:paste the address in cmd and hit enter thats all

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Method 14

Based on Vamsi Tallapudis earlier answer I came up with this dynamic path:


It’s using a Windows Environment Variables. I find this solution to be both elegant and easy and would therefor like to share it.

Method 15

You will need to set the PATH variable pointing to the directory where adb.exe is to be found. If you are using cmd.exe, this command will help:

set PATH=%PATH%;%USERPROFILE%appdataLocalAndroidsdkplatform-tools

Method 16

I had same problem when I define PATH below

C:Program Files (x86)Javajre1.8.0_45bin;C:devsdkandroidplatform-tools

and the problem solved when I bring adb root at first.

C:devsdkandroidplatform-tools;C:Program Files (x86)Javajre1.8.0_45bin

Method 17

I recommand you using PowerShell

Set Android Studio Terminal to PowerShell:

Settings > Tools > Terminal > Shell path = pwsh.exe (instead of cmd.exe)

Open Terminal on Android Studio

PowerShell 7.0.1
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Type 'help' to get help.

PS >

Test the path for adb.exe

# `pikachu` should be replace your username
PS > test-path "C:UserspikachuAppDataLocalAndroidsdkplatform-tools"

Open your powershell profile file in your text editor

PS > notepad $profile

add below line, save and exit

# `pikachu` should be replaced with your username

re-open Terminal and try adb

PS > adb
Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.41
Version 30.0.1-6435776
Installed as C:UsershdformatAppDataLocalAndroidsdkplatform-toolsadb.exe

global options:
 -a         listen on all network interfaces, not just localhost
 -d         use USB device (error if multiple devices connected)
 -e         use TCP/IP device (error if multiple TCP/IP devices available)
 -s SERIAL  use device with given serial (overrides $ANDROID_SERIAL)
 -t ID      use device with given transport id
 -H         name of adb server host [default=localhost]
 -P         port of adb server [default=5037]

Method 18

Since I installed version 1.0.41,

I had to use the command "adb version" instead of "adb –version", in Windows 10.

'adb' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

Check and add these below loacations to the path variable:



Method 19

In my case it was:

C:Program Files (x86)Androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools

Method 20

This is where I found it:


I had to put the complete path into the file explorer. I couldn’t just click down to it because the directories are hidden.

I found this path listed in Android studio:

Tools > Android > SDK Manager > SDK Tools

Method 21

This answer assumes that the PATH has been correctly set as described in the other answers

If you’re on Windows 10 and dont have Admin rights then right click on the CMD, powershell … program and select run as administrator. Then try adb [command]

Method 22

First select drive that is where Android sdk folder is there. Then you Follow the below steps

cd DriveName:/ or Ex : cd c:/ Press ‘Enter’

then you will give the path that is adb console path is there in a platform-tools folder
cd Root Folder/inner root folder if there/Platform-tools Press ‘Enter’ then it selects the adb directory.

Method 23

If you didn’t set a path for ADB, you can run .adb instead of adb at sdk/platformtools.

Method 24

It seems that Avast antivirus detects adb.exe as a virus and adds it to it chest

Method 25

For those using macOS, this osxdaily.com article shows several ways to add adb to the $PATH.

Here’s the one I prefer:

  1. Add a file named adb to /etc/paths.d/ folder that just contains the path to adb’s location: /Users/YourUserName/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools/

    In a Terminal window, sudo vim /etc/paths.d/adb
    -> enter the path and save the file.

  2. Close/re-open Terminal in order for it to see the change.

Method 26

In new version PowerShell, after all steps that mentioned before this, please attend:





Method 27

You could just drag the adb.exe on to the command prompt from sdk/platformtools and leave a space and type the command you want: like logcat.

It looks like this for me:

C:adt-bundle-windows-x86-20130917adt-bundle-windows-x86-20130917sdkplatform-tools.exe logcat

and hit enter.

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