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Android File Transfer for Linux – Send Files to Linux Without Size Limits

Android File Transfer for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

If you’ve been following our posts over the past few months you must have come across EasyJoin, DAEMON Sync, or Wormhole – all applications users can use to transfer files between devices.

Today, we introduce to you another one that, apparently, is so good it just works.

Android File Transfer For Linux is an MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) client with which users can transfer files from their Android devices to their Linux desktop.

Features in Android File Transfer for Linux

  • A minimalist and intuitive UI complete with progress dialogs.
  • Free to download and is released under the GNU GPLv3 License.
  • Open-source with source code available on GitHub.
  • Available as a shared library.
  • Automatically renames album cover for better visual compatibility with the media player.
  • Sends files without size limits.
  • Supports partial read/write operations.
  • Requires no extra dependencies.
  • Integrated with FUSE wrapper for mounting devices.
  • Uses aft-mtp-cli Command line tool.

You might not need Android File Transfer for Linux if you’re comfortable using other MTP software like gmtp/gvfs/mtpfs; if you don’t (maybe due to USB freezes or app crashes, etc) then give Android File Transfer for Linux a try.

You can choose to use it from the CLI or to build a QT UI for it. Clearly, this either method requires an amount of familiarity with building from source.

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Get to the instructions by clicking the button below.

Instructions for Building Android File Transfer for Linux

Helpfully for Debian/Ubuntu distributions, there’s a PPA available to install it.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samoilov-lex/aftl-stable
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install android-file-transfer

If you happen to bump into any issues with your OS while you use the app it might have been addressed in the FAQ section so feel free to check it out.

What do you think about Android File Transfer for Linux? Do you already have a more convenient alternative? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.