Running adb install f.apk produces an error:

amdhadul@amdhadul-NSU:~/Downloads$ adb install f.apk
The program 'adb' can be found in the following packages:
 * adb
 * android-tools-adb
Try: sudo apt install <selected package>
amdhadul@amdhadul-NSU:~/Downloads$ android-tools-adb install f.apk
android-tools-adb: command not found

What can I do to solve this problem?


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    "Try: sudo apt install adb" – Byte Commander Aug 19 '17 at 14:46
  • Anbox is 'alpha' software according to their GIT page - you may experience a lot of difficulty in making it run. Their installation instructions look pretty straightforward. – Charles Green Aug 19 '17 at 14:49
  • @CharlesGreen It looks like the goal here is to install an Android app in an existing Anbox system, rather than to install Anbox itself. – Eliah Kagan Aug 19 '17 at 17:26
  • @EliahKagan It could be - it's apparent that this is a new Ubuntu user from the attempted installation of 'f.apk' illustrated in the image, and unclear if 'anbox' is actually installed or not. – Charles Green Aug 19 '17 at 17:34
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    @ByteCommander Sounds good. Answer posted. Sudu Sh Bash: I hope this helps. I still recommend you edit your question to add an explanation of what you are doing. – Eliah Kagan Aug 19 '17 at 18:09

Install one of the packages that provides the adb command. One way is: sudo apt install adb.

Although you've haven't said what you're trying to do with Anbox or why you have run those commands, the specific command you're running that produced the error message is:

adb install f.apk

adb install will not install Anbox, but it can be used to install an app inside an Android system that you are using with Anbox.

Ubuntu does not ship with the Android Debug Bridge preinstalled, so the adb command is not present on your system until you install a package that provides it. The error message you saw told you that adb and android-tools-adb packages provide the adb command, and that you can install either package by running sudo apt install <selected package>, where the text <selected package> is replaced with the name of the package you choose to install.

If you have not run sudo apt update recently to update the package manager's database of what packages are available from where and in what versions, I suggest doing so before installing the package.

Therefore, you can install the adb package by running these commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install adb

You can also install it however else you prefer to install packages, such as in the Software Center / Ubuntu Software utility or the Synaptic Package Manager.

Once you've installed adb you will be able to run that adb install command. Whether or not it will work, and whether or not it will accomplish whatever you're trying to do, depends on other factors that cannot be discerned from the information you've given. But installing adb should completely solve the specific error you have asked about.

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