How to Install abootimg in Kali Linux

In this article, we are going to learn about how to install abootimg in Kali Linux 2022.4. Android devices use a special partition format to boot any operating system on the devices. These boot-images contain a kernel image, a ramdisk, optionally a 2nd stage boot loader and the commandline passed to the kernel when booting. The original mkbootimg from Android can only create these images where abootimg can also extract and modify them. Handling android boot images is necessary when bringing other operating systems to android devices.

Install abootimg in Kali Linux

Install abootimg Using apt

Update apt database with apt using the following command.

$ sudo apt update

Update Kali Linux After updating the apt database, We can install abootimg using apt by running the following command:

$ sudo apt -y install abootimg

Install abootimg Using apt-get

Update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating the apt database, We can install abootimg using apt-get by running the following command:

$ sudo apt-get -y install abootimg

How To Uninstall abootimg in Kali Linux

To uninstall only the 0trace package we can use the following command:

$ sudo apt remove abootimg

Uninstall abootimg And Its Dependencies

To uninstall abootimg and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Kali Linux, we can use the command below:

$ sudo apt -y autoremove abootimg

Remove abootimg Configurations and Data

To remove abootimg configuration and data from Kali Linux we can use the following command:

$ sudo apt-get -y purge abootimg

Remove abootimg configuration, data, and all of its dependencies

We can use the following command to remove abootimg configurations, data, and all of its dependencies, we can use the following command:

$ sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge abootimg


[kalilinux@tutorial ~ ]$ abootimg --help
error - bad arguments

 abootimg - manipulate Android Boot Images.
 (c) 2010-2011 Gilles Grandou <[email protected]>

 abootimg [-h]

      print usage

 abootimg -i 

      print boot image information

 abootimg -x  [ [ [ []]]]

      extract objects from boot image:
      - config file (default name bootimg.cfg)
      - kernel image (default name zImage)
      - ramdisk image (default name initrd.img)
      - second stage image (default name stage2.img)

 abootimg -u  [-c "param=value"] [-f ] [-k ] [-r ] [-s ]

      update a current boot image with objects given in command line
      - header informations given in arguments (several can be provided)
      - header informations given in config file
      - kernel image
      - ramdisk image
      - second stage image

      bootimg has to be valid Android Boot Image, or the update will abort.

 abootimg --create  [-c "param=value"] [-f ] -k  -r  [-s ]

      create a new image from scratch.
      if the boot image file is a block device, sanity check will be performed to avoid overwriting a existing

      argurments are the same than for -u.
      kernel and ramdisk are mandatory.



In this tutorial, we learn how to install abootimg using different package management tools like apt and apt-get.


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