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Koush Releases Universal ADB Driver for Windows


If there is one step along the rooting path that has continued to test people’s patience over the years, it usually has something to do with ADB drivers. There is nothing worse than firing up your new device for the first time or after a fresh new update, finding root instructions, loading up ADB to shoot off some commands, only to get a “device not found” error. I know I’ve had my fair share of troubles because I deal with so many different devices, but our inbox certainly indicates that you have run into just as many.

Finding a fix usually involves XDA, countless searches, figuring out proper keywords to narrow those searches, and then at least a half-dozen threads or random sites that have popped up thanks to those keywords. It’s a pain in the ass, to say the least. 

There may be an easier solution today, thanks to Koush, after he had had just about enough ADB issues when working through his Carbon and Tether apps and decided to find a solution. He has put together a universal ADB driver that should install on any version of Windows without having to turn on test signing or disable driver verification.

From what I can tell, he was able to make this driver universal by including a massive list of hardware IDs. I’m talking massive, just take a look at his Github page for it.

Feel free to grab the file below and give it a test. I know I’ll be firing it up immediately.

Download Link

Via:  +Koush [Github]

Cheers Scott!

  • Brandon Golway

    I had this problem with my Odroid-U2 yesterday, but after getting my usb to microsd card reader to work I switched back to Linux and never have the ADB/Fastboot driver problem 🙂

  • i’m better than you

    I use a Mac. No drivers needed.

    • Brandon Golway

      I’m using Linux so I have the same solution! UNIX-based OSes FTW!

  • i have windows 8, i got no issues with ADB. i dont understand why people complain.

  • meijin3

    Gotta love Koush.

  • Christopher Riner

    F*çk¡n finally!!! Now koush, was that so hard?

  • schoat333

    I never have a problem with ADB drivers. It’s always the fastboot drivers that I have to manually install. Still, great to see koush bring the ADB drivers all together in one place.

  • JoshGroff

    I just used pdanet to get my drivers, but this is great. Even before that, it was one google search using something like “[device] driver” maybe throwing in site:xda-developers.com if the first search wasn’t useful.

  • nvitone23

    For anyone with a twitter account, check P3Droid’s latest tweets! Looks like some news is coming about Motorola!!

  • Havoc70

    Koush Is the Man! Nice Work =)

  • Ethan T

    Why didn’t Google do this years ago?

    • They did. Their driver works for ALL Nexus devices. But Google does NOT have the authority to do the same for other hardware manufacturers.

      • Christopher Riner

        Yeah, but even the best of devs have said that adb doesn’t play well with drivers

      • ArrowCool

        I’m not positive, but I believe their driver doesn’t work for the Gnex. That comes from Samsung.


        • Good catch!

          Note: If your device is one of the Android Developer Phones (ADP), a Nexus One, or a Nexus S, then you need the Google USB Driver, instead of an OEM driver. The Galaxy Nexus driver, however, is distributed by Samsung (listed as model SCH-I515).

          If anything, that backs up the idea that each manufacturer likes to handle their own driver distribution. Just my opinion though 😉

        • Their driver doesn’t work for the Nexus 7 either.

  • Does this help me on Linux, or a Mac? (LOL)

  • Buckoman

    I feel like I need to give him the biggest hug right now.

    This will come in more than handy, as it usually took ~two hours for everything to work right with the phone and ADB beforehand.

  • Greg Morgan

    This would be perfect for anyone using Windows 8. God knows how many times i’ve cursed at it because ADB wouldn’t work because of the driver issues with W8.

    • PhoenixPath

      Not having to reboot to install phone drivers: priceless.

      Koush just put an end to quite a few future headaches for me alone, and I am sure a countless number for lots of other folks. Good stuff.

  • koush is a douche