How Do I Install APK With Linux?

APK, APK Installations

Are you a Linux user looking to install an APK file? If so, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing an APK file on Linux.

Firstly, let’s clarify what an APK file is. An APK (Android application package) file is a type of file used to distribute and install applications on Android devices. While these files are designed for Android devices, you can still install them on Linux with a few steps.

Step 1: Install ADB Tools

Before proceeding any further, we need to have ADB (Android Debug Bridge) tools installed on our Linux system. To do so, open the terminal and run the following command:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install adb

Note: The above commands are for Debian-based systems. If you’re using another distribution of Linux, the commands may vary.

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging on Your Android Device

Next, we need to enable USB debugging on your Android device. To do so:

  • Open your device’s settings.
  • Select “About phone” or “About device.”
  • Tap on “Software information.”
  • Locate and tap “Build number” several times until you see a message that says “You are now a developer!”
  • Return to the main settings menu and select “Developer options.”
  • Select “USB debugging” and enable it.

Step 3: Connect Your Android Device to Your Linux System

Connect your Android device to your Linux system with a USB cable.

Step 4: Verify Connection Between Your Device and Computer

Now, verify that your device is connected to your computer. To do so, open the terminal and run the following command:

  • adb devices

If your device is connected properly, you should see its name listed in the output.

Step 5: Install APK File

Finally, we can install the APK file. In the terminal, navigate to the directory where the APK file is located using the “cd” command. Once you’re in the correct directory, run the following command:

  • adb install file.apk

Replace “file.apk” with the name of your APK file.


In this tutorial, we’ve shown you how to install an APK file on Linux. By following these steps, you can easily install APK files on your Linux system. However, make sure that you only download and install APK files from trusted sources to avoid any security concerns.