Android Things: Connect to Serial Debug Console

Linux (Ubuntu)

What’s in?

  • GNU Screen
  • Minicom
    • minicom one-line-command (short answer)
    • minicom UI (long answer, detailed)

GNU Screen

Run in terminal

sudo screen port_name 115200

See below (step 2) to find out port_name, e.g /dev/ttyUSB0. Hit Ctrl-A, then K, then Y to exit screen. Execute sudo apt-get install screen if not installed.


  • Short answer

Run in terminal

sudo minicom -b 115200 -o -D port_name

See below (step 2) to find out port_name, e.g /dev/ttyUSB0. Hit Ctrl-A, then X to exit minicom.

  • Long answer (UI)

minicom should be properly configured in order to open the connection. The general steps are as follows:

  1. Install minicom with

    sudo apt-get install minicom
  2. Connect Rpi3 with your host machine using USB-to-TTL cable and open the terminal. Find the tty connections with

    dmesg | grep -e tty

In my case I get

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where ttyUSB0 is the board.

  1. Run minicom and select the serial port setup with

    sudo minicom -s

You should see

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  1. Check (or set) the settings for the tty connection. Make sure that /dev/ttyX corresponds to your connection, the one you get in the step 2 instead of X, and Bps/Par/Bits set as per the documentation.

Similar to

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  1. Now hit Exit and, if everything had been properly set up, the connection should be running. If you type the ls command you should see Android Thing‘s root directory

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  1. For exiting minicom hit Ctrl-A, then hit Q, then Yes:

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