How to copy selected files from Android with adb pull

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I'm attempting to use the adb pull command to copy only certain files (jpg) to my macbook. I tried "adb pull sdcard/mydir/*.jpg" but it apparently doesn't interpret wildcards. How can I get only the jpg files copied over? I have rooted the phone if that helps.

This question is tagged with android adb

~ Asked on 2011-12-27 23:41:43

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You can move your files to other folder and then pull whole folder.

adb shell mkdir /sdcard/tmp
adb shell mv /sdcard/mydir/*.jpg /sdcard/tmp # move your jpegs to temporary dir
adb pull /sdcard/tmp/ # pull this directory (be sure to put '/' in the end)
adb shell mv /sdcard/tmp/* /sdcard/mydir/ # move them back
adb shell rmdir /sdcard/tmp # remove temporary directory

~ Answered on 2011-12-27 23:46:48


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Pull multiple files using regex:

Create pullFiles.sh:

#!/bin/bash
HOST_DIR=<pull-to>
DEVICE_DIR=/sdcard/<pull-from>
EXTENSION=".jpg"

for file in $(adb shell ls $DEVICE_DIR | grep $EXTENSION'$')
do
    file=$(echo -e $file | tr -d "\r\n"); # EOL fix
    adb pull $DEVICE_DIR/$file $HOST_DIR/$file;
done

Run it:

Make it executable: chmod +x pullFiles.sh

Run it: ./pullFiles.sh

Notes:

  • as is, won't work when filenames have spaces
  • includes a fix for end-of-line (EOL) on Android, which is a "\r\n"

~ Answered on 2013-07-15 14:11:28


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