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AB File Extension

Google Android Debug Bridge Backup Format
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What is AB file?

An .AB file is a backup file that is created by the Android Debug Bridge (adb) command-line tool supported by Android Software Development Kit (SDK). The AB backup file consists of references to developer libraries, system, and user data that can be used to restore the device applications by using the adb command-line tool. The AB backup file does not contain the Android mobile application (APK) files. However, when the AB backup file is created in the current directory, the adb command-line tool can be provided with an option (-apk) to include the APK file as well. 

Programs which support AB file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open AB files divided into 4 categories according to system platform supported. AB files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support AB file

Updated: 05/05/2020

How to open file with AB extension?

Problems with accessing AB may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with AB files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with AB files.

Step 1. Get the Google Android SDK Tools

Install software to open AB file Problems with opening and working with AB files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with AB files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Google Android SDK Tools or one to the listed programs: Google Android, Google Android SDK. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Google Android SDK Tools website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Google Android SDK Tools

Update software that support file extension ABIf you already have Google Android SDK Tools installed on your systems and AB files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Google Android SDK Tools cannot handle files with AB may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Google Android SDK Tools.

Step 3. Assign Google Android SDK Tools to AB files

If you have the latest version of Google Android SDK Tools installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage AB on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with AB file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the AB file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Google Android SDK Tools installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open AB files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with AB file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected AB file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with AB extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the AB for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper AB file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check AB file for viruses
1. The AB may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the AB is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. AB file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the AB file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic AB file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with AB extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Google Android Debug Bridge Backup Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Google Android SDK Tools

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support AB files. Close all running programs and try opening the AB file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Google Android Debug Bridge Backup Format file. It may be the case that the AB files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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