Thanks to the Odin tool that it makes installing tar.md5 firmware binary files (BL, AP, CP, CSC, HOME CSC, and PIT) easy using a Windows PC. You can download the latest Odin 3.14.4 and all older versions of Samsung’s official flash tool packed in a zip from below. To flash a custom system image you can also download the modified or patched Odin. Mac and Linux users can download Heimdall or Java Odin instead.
Samsung Odin or Odin3 is a very lightweight and easy-to-use stock ROM flashing tool for Samsung Galaxy line of devices including Samsung smartphones and tablet devices. You can simply download Samsung firmware or firmware binaries, select the required fields in Odin and install new firmware or a custom recovery like TWRP (.tar) very easily. Whether you want to update your Samsung device manually, or fix boot loop or install a custom recovery or kernel, Samsung Odin is a must-have tool.
What is Odin Flash Tool?
Simply put, Odin is a stock ROM flash tool that can push firmware binaries with .tar or .tar.md5 extension. If you own an old Galaxy phone or Galaxy Tab, you just need to click the AP field in Odin and click the Start button to initiate the installation.
Since Samsung Odin is a portable software, you don’t need to install it on your computer. You just require a Windows PC, download the appropriate Odin Zip file from below, unzip it and run it as administrator. Please keep in mind that Odin can flash your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet only when it’s booted in the Download Mode or Odin Mode.
Download Odin for Windows PC
As mentioned above, Samsung Odin is available only for Windows PC and is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10. In case you are a macOS user or have Linux installed on your computer, you can use Odin’s alternative called Heimdall.
Odin has seen little changes over the years. You’ll hardly notice any change in Odin’s interface after Odin3 v3.06. However, after the release of Android Pie-based firmware, Samsung started using LZR compression for firmware binaries that can be uncompressed only by Odin v3.13.1, Odin3.13.3, and Odin 3.14.4 (the latest version as of now).
Latest Odin 3.14.4 (2020)
The latest Odin is considered the most versatile version of the tool because it usually supports almost all Samsung devices. However, certain versions of Samsung firmware may require a specific Odin version.
Odin 3.14.4 is the latest version and it is fully compatible with the latest UI 2.0 and older versions of One UI (Android 9.0 Pie) as well as Android 8.0 Oreo-based Samsung firmware. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, Samsung Note 9, Galaxy A80, A70, A50, M30, or any Galaxy device released in 2019-2020, you must try Odin 3.14.4.
Odin3 v3.14.4.zip (latest)
Patched and Modified Odin
You can use the modified and patched versions of Odin by Raymond, PrinceComsy, and Realbbb to flash firmware binaries or custom recovery .tar.md5 files in special cases like skipping SHA256 check. If you get the “FAIL! SHA256 is invalid!” error while using the normal version of Odin, you should use the patched Odin to fix sha256 error.
Besides, patched Odin can also help you bypass “FAIL! Blocked carrier” error while installing firmware on Samsung Galaxy devices from carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint US Cellular, Rogers, Bell, etc.
Use patched or modified Odin if the developer has specifically recommended using it.
Samsung Odin (All versions)
If you want to download any other version of Odin other than listed above, you can get them from below:
Odin3 3.14.1.zip (stable)
If you wish to install an Android 8.0 Oreo or Android 9.0 Pie-based Samsung firmware, use Odin3 3.13.1.
Odin v312.5, v3.11.2, and v3.10.6 are considered suitable for flashing Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat-based firmware.
To install Android Lollipop and KitKat firmware, you should use Odin3 v3.09.
Android JellyBean firmware can be flashed using Odin3 3.07 or 3.04.
To flash Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich-based Samsung firmware, you should try one of the following versions of the Samsung Odin tool.
Heimdall – Odin Alternative for Mac & Linux
Since Odin works only with Windows, Mac and Linux users can’t use it. Don’t worry, there’s an open-source tool called Heimdall that is compatible with Linux, Mac, and Windows as well. It’s a great Odin alternative and you can download its latest version from the official website.
Download Java -Odin for Linux
For Linux users, there’s a special version of Odin called JOdin3 CASUAL that requires Java 8 to be installed on your computer to function. The credit for sharing the latest JOdin3 goes to Toby4213 from the xda forums.
Tips: Download jodin.gz file, extract it to the directory you want: /home/username/programs/jodin/ (for example). Then right-click on the file named JOdin3CASUAL. Make sure you have Java version 8 or greater installed already.
Odin for Mac (based on Heimdall)
Finally, there’s a Heimdall-based version of Odin that requires Java for Mac to run. Its interface is based on the older version of Odin but you can still use it flash Samsung firmware on Samsung device on OS X machine. I am not sure if it still works with the recent versions of OS X because I haven’t ever tried it personally.
Download your preferred version of Odin from above and let us know if you have any queries or you need any help with using it. We’re always here to help!
Features of Samsung Odin
One of the good things about Samsung devices is the easy availability of stock firmware binaries and even easier method for flashing them. Using Odin, you can not perform a range of actions listed below.
- Install stock firmware binaries manually.
- Update Samsung Galaxy devices with a new firmware.
- In many cases, you can also downgrade the software or the build version on your Samsung device.
- You can use Odin to change the CSC (Country Specific [Product] Code) of your Galaxy device to change its localization configuration and get your preferred system language.
- You can fix the boot loop issue on your Samsung device by flashing the stock firmware.
- Install a custom recovery like TWRP to enjoy root privilege and custom ROMs.
- You can also flash modded or patched system images or custom kernels to enhance your device’s performance.
- If your device is not showing the full internal storage capacity (your phone has 512GB of internal storage but it’s showing just 256 GB, for example) or the IMEI is missing, you can download the Samsung PIT file and flash it using Odin to fix the issue.
- Odin can also be used to perform a NAND erase on your Samsung Galaxy device.
Boot your Samsung phone or tablet into the Download mode, connect it to your computer via USB, and follow the visual presentation of Samsung firmware installation steps. shown in the screenshot below.
Odin Options Explained
When you launch Odin, you’ll be greeted by the Odin window and will see a variety of buttons with options like BL, AP, CP, CSC, UserData, and PIT. If you are not aware of what these terms, I have them explained below for better understanding.
- Auto Reboot: This option is enabled by default in Odin. Keep it that way if you are going to flash the stock firmware. However, due to bootloader encryption on most Samsung devices, you’ll need to disable ‘Auto Reboot‘ before flashing TWRP or any custom recovery.
- Nand Erase: If you select this option in Odin, it will completely erase everything on your Samsung device including the Operating System and all data present on it. If you don’t know what you’re supposed to do after performing a ‘Nand Erase‘, you’ll end up turning your device into an expensive paperweight.
- Re-Partition: The option should be checked only if you flashing a Samsung PIT file along with the firmware. Enabling ‘Re-Partition’ will re-partition your Samsung device to its default state. Don’t use this option unless you understand what partitioning is.
- F Reset Time: Check this option only if you want to reset the firmware flashing timer on your device.
- BP: This means Bootloader and as it’s evident from the very name, it’s used to flash the bootloader file with .tar or .tar.md5 extension.
- AP: On the older versions of Odin, this option was called PDA and was used to flash single-file firmware, recovery, and CF-Root files. The full-fledged name of AP is ‘Android Processor’.
- CP: CP stands for ‘Core Processor’ and is used to flash the Modem file that comes with the Samsung firmware binaries package. In the older versions of Odin, this option was called Phone.
- CSC: The full-form of CSC is ‘Consumer Software Customization’ or ‘Country Specific Code’. The CSC component of a Samsung firmware is specific to network providers and geographical region. In other words, it contains customizations related to a geographical location, APN settings, carrier branding, and other things. Learn more about Samsung CSC and Home CSC.
- PIT: or Partition Information Table contains information such as device storage partition tables, partition name, block size, block count, and other technical stuff. Every device has a different PIT file associated with it. PIT files are not meant to be flashed unless a device’s partition table layout has been corrupted for some reason.
Odin is Samsung’s official firmware flash tool and it was developed by the manufacturer only to be used in their service centers. What you find on the Internet are the leaked or unofficially distributed versions of the software.
Once you have the latest Odin, you will need to download the proper firmware binaries for your device. You can download them directly from Samsung Firmware Update Server using the Frija firmware download tool.