As a mobile developer we are often asked to demo our work. In the Android world there are many ways of doing that :
- Vysor : free but with ads
- AllCast : free with watermark and no remote control (a click on desktop mapped to a click on mobile)
- ... many others
I'm going to introduce you to Scrcpy
This application provides display and control of Android devices connected on
USB (or over TCP/IP). It does not require any root access. It works on GNU/Linux, Windows and macOS.
The Android device requires at least API 21 (Android 5.0).
Make sure you enabled adb debugging on your device(s).
On some devices, you also need to enable an additional option to control it using keyboard and mouse.
More about ScrCpy on their README.md
And ScrCpy also allows you to control your android device through your laptop !
Automatic installation script
On Mac you can install ScrCpy with a simple Homebrew line.
Here is a bash script that installs ScrCpy for you (if needed) and starts it :
#!/usr/bin/env bash # # Script to start Scrcpy if test ! $(which scrcpy); then echo "Starting installation" # Check for Homebrew, install if we don't have it if test ! $(which brew); then echo "Installing homebrew..." ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" fi # Update homebrew recipes brew update echo "Installing scrcpy..." brew install scrcpy if test ! $(which adb); then echo "Installing android-platform-tools..." brew cask install android-platform-tools fi echo "Scrcpy is installed, you may need to restart your terminal" echo "Your Homebrew might be messy now, to cleanup run :" echo " brew cleanup" echo "" #reloading terminal source ~/.bash_profile fi scrcpy
To install ScrCpy on other platforms (Windows, Linux) please refer to the documentation : README.md
I might do the equivalent script for windows in the future.
Let me know if it helped 😉