How to Install usbip Tools on Debian

In this tutorial, you will learn how to compile and install the usbip tools on Debian system.

How to Install usbip Tools on Debian

The USB/IP is a free and open-source project that provides USB device sharing capabilities over an IP network. It is an incredible project that uses TCP/IP payloads to transmit USB I/O messages over a network.

USB/IP protocol is widely adopted in system including the Linux kernel and WSL support.

Learn how to connect a USB device to a WSL instance in the link below:

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the usbip tools on your Debian installation. This tutorial will work on any Debian distribution starting from Debian 9 and above.

Install usbip using apt

To install the usbip tools on your Debian system, use the apt command.

Start by refreshing your packages

sudo apt-get update

Next, install the usbip tools by running the command:

sudo apt-get install usbip

Install usbip tools - Manual Compile

We can all agree that we love compiling tools manually. It helps us get an idea of what the tool is doing.

Well, unless you face errors and then you'll hate compiling tools.

Before compiling the usbip tools, let us ensure we have the dependencies installed. We will require the following dependencies:

  • sysfsutils library - sysfsutils >= 2.0.0
  • tcp wrapper library - libwrap0-dev
  • gcc - gcc >= 4.0
  • glib bundle - libglib2.0-dev >= 2.6.0
  • make tools - libtool, automake >= 1.9, autoconf >= 2.5.0, pkg-config
  • libudev API - libudev

Run the command:

sudo apt-get install sysfsutils libwrap0-dev gcc libglib2.0-dev libtool automake autoconf pkg-config libudev-dev libudev1

The above should download and install the required dependencies.

Download the USB/IP Folder

Next, copy the link below and navigate to Download Github Folder. Paste the link below and create  a download link

Open the generated link and save the zip file.

Next, unzip the files:


Navigate into the extracted directory:

cd usbip

Make the files executable:

sudo chmod +x

Run the configure script.

sudo ./

The command will run the configure script and generate the required files. An example output is as shown:

+ autoreconf -i -f -v
autoreconf: Entering directory `.'
autoreconf: not using Gettext
autoreconf: running: aclocal --force
autoreconf: tracing
autoreconf: running: libtoolize --copy --force
libtoolize: putting auxiliary files in '.'.
libtoolize: copying file './'
libtoolize: Consider adding 'AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIRS([m4])' to,
libtoolize: and rerunning libtoolize and aclocal.
libtoolize: Consider adding '-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in
autoreconf: running: /usr/bin/autoconf --force
autoreconf: running: /usr/bin/autoheader --force
autoreconf: running: automake --add-missing --copy --force-missing installing './compile' installing './config.guess' installing './config.sub' installing './install-sh' installing './missing'
libsrc/ installing './depcomp'
autoreconf: Leaving directory `.'

Next, compile the tools by running the command:

sudo ./configure

The command will compile the tool. You should see an example output as shown:


Finally, install the tools by running the command:

sudo make install

The command will install the usbip tools. An example output is as shown:


Once completed, you can start the USB/IP Daemon by running

sudo usbipd -D

The command should start the daemon with an output as shown:

usbipd: info: starting usbipd (usbip-utils 2.0)
usbipd: info: listening on
usbipd: info: listening on :::3240

To export a device with a specific busid to other hosts, run the command:

sudo usbip bind --busid <busid>

You can check command usage in the manuals or in the resource below:

Uninstall usbip

To remove the usbip tools, use the package manager as:

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge usbip

Feel free to remove the zip and extracted files from the manual compile.


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