Will Verduzco · Mar 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

ROMTools Saves Us From the Command Line Blues

One of the most powerful features in Android is the ability to execute commands typed on your computer through ADB, otherwise known as the Android Debug Bridge. ADB commands can do amazing things such as push and pull files from your device, format and flash partitions, and even reboot your device to the recovery partition. All is not peachy though, as this requires tediously entering commands into your command prompt. Luckily, this is where ROMTools by XDA Developer mmmark111 comes in. This handy application takes care of all the command entry for you through its interface.

Current operations supported are:

Flash ROM – Place a ROM in the ‘ROM’ folder renamed rom.zip. Hit enter and the zip will get flashed to your phone automatically

Flash Recovery – Will help you flash a recovery to your phone. For the Optimus V users, it will help you install all the needed drivers as well as obtain root privileges. Optimus T, S, and One phones will be able to flash a recovery.

Wipe dalvik-cache – Self explanatory .

Mount /system r/w – Allows read/write access to /system

Push ROM to SD card – Self explanatory (pushes to root of sd)

Push framework-res.apk – Pushes framework-res.apk to /framework, wipes dalvik-cache, and reboots the phone for you.

Push bootanimation.zip – Will remove boot animation and replace with one of your choice. (removes from /data/local as well as /system/media)

Reboot – Reboot

Reboot into Recovery – Obv.

Go ahead and give this a shot if you enjoy managing your device through ADB, but never liked the idea of using a command line interface.

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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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