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Ever wanted to download adb or fastboot without having to download the whole of Android Studio?

...but didn't want to download executables from some random warez site?

Good news this week:

The links on that page will always return the adb/fastboot binaries currently shipping with Android Studio. No need to guess what the current version is, or update your own links: just follow these and get the latest binaries, direct from the source.

This is thanks to +Siva Velusamy and Kevin Quinn, not me.

(2017-01-09: Replaced the three direct links with the link to the new page, which will also include brief release notes.)
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AFAIR, adb was available via apt. Was that the unofficial distribution of it?
+Artem Russakovskii Yes, answering your question literally, this is One True link that will alway points to the latest shipping version (the one you'd get if you did download Android Studio).

If you meant the similar but different "are the adb/fastboot available on the web going to track the AOSP master adb/fastboot more closely?", we're working on that. At the moment, there are too many branches and too many independent release schedules, and we're trying to tighten that up so what you see in Studio (and here) isn't as far behind. (While at the same time, not just being a nightly build from AOSP master --- the QA that the Studio team does is definitely worthwhile "overhead" that no one wants to lose.)
+Aleksandar Stefanović That was nothing to do with us, and the couple of times I saw it, horrifically out of date. Hopefully whoever does own that copy can now track this new convenient link instead. (I've no idea whether they were building their own or taking our prebuilts. If they were building their own, I've no idea why they don't track AOSP releases.)
Nicely done, though it was all over unofficially. Now it's official from Google. 
Will you add these to a repo? It would make life a lot easier for Linux users.
Are these links posted anywhere official online? Or do I just have to bookmark this post?
Is this link automatically updated to always contain the most recent version or is this just a one off share? Just to clarify.
+Jason Banich I think they will be, but the politics of exactly where those links should be from is ongoing. That's why I thought I'd just post here --- the sooner a Google search for "adb download" just works, the better :-)
+Major Mike Yes, the files served by these links will change as the tools are updated, but the links will always remain the same. (And there are no plans to have direct access to old versions either. If someone finds a backwards compatibility bug, we'd like them to file a bug so we can fix it rather than just run an old version!)

I'll update the body, since this seems to be confusing people.
Vitor L
Sorry if it's a stupid question, but I like to actually keep it on my google drive folder so I could have them on the go, but is all the files in this zip necessary for that? I only really want fastboot and adb binaries, and I usually put them on System32 folder on Windows so I can call it from any path. Which files I do really need?
+Elliott Hughes Any chance we can get something to tell us when it is updated? I know you probably don't care about bandwitdh, but would be nice to know when updates are pushed.
+Thomas Larsen I would very much appreciate this as well. So please if this is done at any point, notify me - TIA.
+Marcus Ridderberg +Elliott Hughes​ I'd love to see this as a similar app/extension to the Chromebook Recovery Creator. I realize that extensions are sandboxed from each other, but if I could use the SSH Secure Shell extension to access an 'adb' target that gives me a 'crosh/adb shell' that would be amazing.
Thanks very much! Saves downloading the entire SDK when only needing to use ADB for webkit browser remote debugging :)
I'm sure somebody has already made a docker container that will build daily so you don't even have to install it and it will reuse the base layer so new versions are a much smaller download
+Artem Russakovskii besides the facts that you have already mentioned is Ubuntu in an less optimal state to provide the latest packages. That's because they keep clinging to the "releases" model instead of the "rolling release" model more and more Linux distributions are using.

However with the cross-platform Snaps solution you could actually select the same source for updates as these links provide you with.

As for updates isn't there some rss option for the website +Elliott Hughes​? 
and how could I install them in Ubuntu ? Thanks
+Arnaud Bordes I think in Linux we always have the latest. I install in Debian based with apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

Jimmy Z
and usb drivers?
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