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Android activity manager "am" command help
adb shell am
usage: am [subcommand] [options]
usage: am start [-D] [-W] [-P <FILE>] [--start-profiler <FILE>]
[--R COUNT] [-S] [--opengl-trace] <INTENT>
am startservice <INTENT>
am force-stop <PACKAGE>
am kill <PACKAGE>
am kill-all
am broadcast <INTENT>
am instrument [-r] [-e <NAME> <VALUE>] [-p <FILE>] [-w]
[--no-window-animation] <COMPONENT>
am profile start <PROCESS> <FILE>
am profile stop [<PROCESS>]
am dumpheap [flags] <PROCESS> <FILE>
am set-debug-app [-w] [--persistent] <PACKAGE>
am clear-debug-app
am monitor [--gdb <port>]
am screen-compat [on|off] <PACKAGE>
am display-size [reset|MxN]
am to-uri [INTENT]
am to-intent-uri [INTENT]
am start: start an Activity. Options are:
-D: enable debugging
-W: wait for launch to complete
--start-profiler <FILE>: start profiler and send results to <FILE>
-P <FILE>: like above, but profiling stops when app goes idle
-R: repeat the activity launch <COUNT> times. Prior to each repeat,
the top activity will be finished.
-S: force stop the target app before starting the activity
--opengl-trace: enable tracing of OpenGL functions
am startservice: start a Service.
am force-stop: force stop everything associated with <PACKAGE>.
am kill: Kill all processes associated with <PACKAGE>. Only kills.
processes that are safe to kill -- that is, will not impact the user
am kill-all: Kill all background processes.
am broadcast: send a broadcast Intent.
am instrument: start an Instrumentation. Typically this target <COMPONENT>
is the form <TEST_PACKAGE>/<RUNNER_CLASS>. Options are:
-r: print raw results (otherwise decode REPORT_KEY_STREAMRESULT). Use with
[-e perf true] to generate raw output for performance measurements.
-e <NAME> <VALUE>: set argument <NAME> to <VALUE>. For test runners a
common form is [-e <testrunner_flag> <value>[,<value>...]].
-p <FILE>: write profiling data to <FILE>
-w: wait for instrumentation to finish before returning. Required for
test runners.
--no-window-animation: turn off window animations will running.
am profile: start and stop profiler on a process.
am dumpheap: dump the heap of a process. Options are:
-n: dump native heap instead of managed heap
am set-debug-app: set application <PACKAGE> to debug. Options are:
-w: wait for debugger when application starts
--persistent: retain this value
am clear-debug-app: clear the previously set-debug-app.
am monitor: start monitoring for crashes or ANRs.
--gdb: start gdbserv on the given port at crash/ANR
am screen-compat: control screen compatibility mode of <PACKAGE>.
am display-size: override display size.
am to-uri: print the given Intent specification as a URI.
am to-intent-uri: print the given Intent specification as an intent: URI.
<INTENT> specifications include these flags and arguments:
[-a <ACTION>] [-d <DATA_URI>] [-t <MIME_TYPE>]
[-c <CATEGORY> [-c <CATEGORY>] ...]
[--esn <EXTRA_KEY> ...]
[-n <COMPONENT>] [-f <FLAGS>]
[--grant-read-uri-permission] [--grant-write-uri-permission]
[--debug-log-resolution] [--exclude-stopped-packages]
[--activity-brought-to-front] [--activity-clear-top]
[--activity-clear-when-task-reset] [--activity-exclude-from-recents]
[--activity-launched-from-history] [--activity-multiple-task]
[--activity-no-animation] [--activity-no-history]
[--activity-no-user-action] [--activity-previous-is-top]
[--activity-reorder-to-front] [--activity-reset-task-if-needed]
[--activity-single-top] [--activity-clear-task]
[--receiver-registered-only] [--receiver-replace-pending]
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ben-xD commented Dec 5, 2021

You can get the latest page by running adb shell am -h

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UPBT commented Aug 28, 2023

You can get the latest page by running adb shell am -h

...and the page it gives you is long enough that it needs a $PAGER, specifically tells you to use help instead of -h (although both work) and notably (and POSIX-ly) doesn't allow the use of --help (which is annoying)

start-activity , start-service , start-foreground-service are all detailed in my version of the help, but start itself isn't. However it still works. There is no --version command, but this gist seems out of date. Original gist is 10 years old.

start seems like the old version of start-activity

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Phlip commented Jan 2, 2024

how do you ask an activity to list the Extra parameters it accepts?

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