Tomek Kondrat · Mar 17, 2014 at 05:00 pm

Extract Android Image Files with Windows Tool

Android development is divided into few categories. One is source-built development, which includes creating applications or custom device trees. Another category involves modifying system applications that are closed source. These applications can be obtained from the device with ADB command or by extracting the image file of the update. It’s quite simple on Linux, as few commands can do the trick, but situation gets more complicated when Windows is your desktop platform of choice.

If you are planning to extract an image file, you should try a nice graphical editors, like the one shared by XDA Senior Member dbzfanatic. His tool allows you to easily unpack IMG files. The app also allows you to view some files as text or hex, which might be important to understand which parts need to be changed. After extraction, files can be decompiled, changed with APKTool, and packed back as a custom ROM with your own improvements.

You can make your way to the utility thread to download the latest version.


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Tomek Kondrat

eagleeyetom is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Tomek is the only Polish moderator on XDA Developers. He graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn with a degree in journalism and public communication in 2013. He's a big fan of football (not hand egg), post rock and cooking. A total addict of mobile technology, especially Android. Currently flashes dozens of custom ROMs on his OPO. View eagleeyetom's posts and articles here.
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