Using Docker

Using Docker simplifies having all the required dependencies and tools (including most recent versions of libimobiledevice) readily installed.

Install Docker following the official documentation.

Once installed, you can clone MVT's repository and build its Docker image:

git clone
cd mvt
docker build -t mvt .

Optionally, you may need to specify your platform to Docker in order to build successfully (Apple M1)

docker build --platform amd64 -t mvt .

Test if the image was created successfully:

docker run -it mvt

If a prompt is spawned successfully, you can close it with exit.

If you wish to use MVT to test an Android device you will need to enable the container's access to the host's USB devices. You can do so by enabling the --privileged flag and mounting the USB bus device as a volume:

docker run -it --privileged -v /dev/bus/usb:/dev/bus/usb mvt

Please note: the --privileged parameter is generally regarded as a security risk. If you want to learn more about this check out this explainer on container escapes as it gives access to the whole system.

Recent versions of Docker provide a --device parameter allowing to specify a precise USB device without enabling --privileged:

docker run -it --device=/dev/<your_usb_port> mvt