Files with ab suffix can be usually found as debug bridge backups from Google Android operating system. 

There is one other file type using
the AB file extension!

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AB file extension - Google Android Debug Bridge backup file

What is ab file? How to open ab files?

File type specification:

Backup file type icon Backup file type

The ab file extension is associated with the Google Android Debug Bridge (adb) command line utility distributed as a part of Google Android SDK that allows developers to communicate with cable connected Android devices. An .ab file stores backup of device including applications, system settings, system data etc.

To create backup with adb connect the phone, run adb and type:

adb backup -all - create backup of system settings and system data.

adb backup -apk -all - create backup of system and applications.

To restore backup file type:

adb restore "name of backup".ab

Google Android Debug Bridge can created backup of mobile devices that have installed Android 4.0 ICS and higher.

The default software associated to ab file type:

Google Android SDK icon

Google Inc. logo Google Android SDK  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Google Inc.

Android SDK provides the tools and libraries necessary to begin developing applications that run on Android-powered devices (mobile phones, tablets etc.).

Android SDK was replaced by Android Studio development tool.

Google Android SDK Tools icon

Google Inc. logo Google Android SDK Tools  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Google Inc.

SDK Tools is a downloadable component for the Android SDK. It includes the complete set of development and debugging tools for the Android SDK.

SDK Tools contains

  • Android SDK Tools
  • Android SDK Platform-tools
  • Android SDK Build-tools

Google Android SDK Tools for Mac icon

Google Inc. logo Google Android SDK Tools for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Google Inc.

SDK Tools for Mac is a downloadable component for the Android SDK. It includes the complete set of development and debugging tools for the Android SDK.

Google Android SDK for Mac icon

Google Inc. logo Google Android SDK for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Google Inc.

Android SDK is the set of tools and libraries used to develop applications that run on Android-powered devices (mobile phones, tablets etc.).

Android SDK for Mac was replaced by Android Studio development tool.

Google Android SDK Tools for Linux icon

Google Inc. logo Google Android SDK Tools for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
  Google Inc.

SDK Tools for Linux is a downloadable component for the Android SDK. It includes the complete set of development and debugging tools for the Android SDK.

Google Android SDK for Linux icon

Google Inc. logo Google Android SDK for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
  Google Inc.

Android SDK provides the tools and libraries necessary to begin developing applications that run on Android-powered devices (mobile phones, tablets etc.).

Android SDK for Linux was replaced by Android Studio development tool.

Google Android icon

Google Inc. logo Google Android  Google Android software

Company or developer:
  Google Inc.

Google Android is operating system for smart phones and tablet computers developed by the Google. Android is based on the Linux kernel. Basic Android's applications are closely related to Google account and services such as Gmail, Calendar, Maps, YouTube, etc.

Applications for Android are written in Java source code but finally compiled for Android Dalvik virtual machine. In Android 4.4 and later is used new runtime environment called Android Runtime (ART) with JIT compiler.

New applications for Android are available on the Google Play a one of the basic applications in clean Android installation.

Google Android operating system versions:

  • Android 7 Nougat
  • Android 6 Marshmallow
  • Android 5 Lollipop
  • 4.4.x KitKat
  • 4.3.x Jellybean
  • 4.2.x Jellybean
  • 4.1.x Jellybean
  • 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 3.x.x Honeycomb
  • 2.3.x Gingerbread
  • 2.2 Froyo
  • 2.1 Eclair
  • 1.6 Donut
  • 1.5 Cupcake

Help how to open AB files:

You can import and recover files Android Debug Bridge command line utility.

How to convert file with extension AB:

A conversion for this backup file is unlikely, but you can recover the files using the Android Debug Bridge (adb) command line utility.

List of software applications associated to the .ab file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open ab file, edit ab file, convert ab file, view ab file, play ab file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Hint:
Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the ab files.

  • Create ab file
  • Recover ab file
  • Others ab file

Programs that can create ab file - Google Android Debug Bridge backup file

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for create ab file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ab file by default:
Google Android SDK small icon Google Android SDK
Google Android SDK Tools small icon Google Android SDK Tools

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with ab file by default:
Google Android SDK Tools for Mac small icon Google Android SDK Tools for Mac
Google Android SDK for Mac small icon Google Android SDK for Mac

Linux/Unix:

Main software associated with ab file by default:
Google Android SDK Tools for Linux small icon Google Android SDK Tools for Linux
Google Android SDK for Linux small icon Google Android SDK for Linux

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