Partitions are an integral part of any Operating system including Android. The PIT (Partition Information Table) file is one of the core components for Samsung firmware. If you are looking for a PIT file to flash in Odin, you must be in a desperate situation. The easiest way to get the PIT is to extract the PIT file from Samsung firmware itself. I say so because you may not be able to download the correct Samsung PIT file for your Galaxy device from forums or stock firmware download websites.
Thanks to firmware download tools like Frija and Samfirm that it’s very easy to get Samsung firmware. Samsung PIT file download is as easy as downloading the firmware.
Why do You Need a PIT File?
There are various reasons why you might need a PIT file. Below is a list of all problems when flashing it with the firmware binaries might save help you recover your device.
- ‘Hidden.img‘ error while flashing firmware in Odin.
- Odin requires Partition Information Table to map and allocate different partitions on your device. In case the firmware you are installing doesn’t have an appropriate PIT, the installation may get stuck on the “Get PIT for mapping” issue.
- If you are getting the “Invalid EXT4 image” error in Odin, a correct PIT file can help you flash the firmware successfully.
- Just in case you want to NAND erase your Samsung smartphone or Galaxy Tab, you can re-partition your device using a PIT file.
- The partitions on your device may get messed up while installing the stock ROM. You are supposed to flash a PIT to fix things.
- If your Samsung Galaxy device is stuck in a boot loop or it is not getting past the Samsung logo, you’ll need a PIT file.
- A wrong PIT file might configure your device’s internal storage improperly. That’s to say, if your Galaxy device has 512GB of internal storage, you may only be able to see and use only 256 or 128 GB of storage space. I personally experienced this issue on 2 of my Android phones, namely Nexus 5 and Galaxy S9 Plus.
What is a PIT File?
Partition Information Table or PIT is a table or map that contains all information about the components of firmware binaries. Odin requires a suitable PIT to get the following information:
- Block count
- Block size
- Device type
- Flash file name
- FOTA file name
- Partition name
- Update attribute
Besides, the PIT file also contains some more properties, identifiers or flags to guide Odin as it installs the firmware. Its basic function is to give key instructions to Odin about how much space (block size and count) it has to allocate to different partitions while flashing firmware to your Galaxy device. Different Samsung firmware versions may require different partition layout.
If you extract all firmware binaries with .tar.md5 extension, you’ll find the following .img and .bin files with .lz4 encryption.
The reason why the size of PIT files range from just 3 to 5 KB is that it’s basically a text file containing a secret language understood only by Odin and your Samsung device. You can see the contents of a PIT file by adding a .txt extension to it.
PIT Magic Tool
If you have been using Samsung Android phones for a long time, you may already be familiar with PIT Magic. It is a pretty nifty tool that lets you create a new PIT file or edit the one you already have. Moreover, PIT Magic tool can also analyze a Samsung PIT file and get a human-readable data of all partition entries. Moreover, the tool also lets you export an existing PIT’s report to a text file.
Samsung PIT File Download – Be Careful!
Please note that it’s not safe to flash the PIT for one variant of the same phone model on some other variant. For example, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and you mistakenly install it on Galaxy S20 or S20 Plus, you may end up with a firmware flash error or a boot loop. Moreover, suppose you own the unlocked Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975F/DS) running Exynos chip, you must not install the PIT file meant for a Snapdragon variant like SM-N975N (Korea), SM-N975U (USA Unlocked Snapdragon, AT&T, TMO, Verizon, etc.), SM-N975W (Canada), etc.
To make sure that you have the correct PIT file for your Samsung Galaxy phone or Tab, you should avoid downloading it from forums and any other website. In many cases, people share PIT files but don’t mention the correct device model. Therefore the Samsung PIT file you download must be exactly for the same device model and variant as you own. That’s why, the best method to get the correct PIT file for your Galaxy device is to extract it from the firmware meant for your phone or tablet.
Extract Samsung PIT File from Firmware
As I told above, to get the correct PIT for your device, it’s very important that you download the correct firmware file or binaries for your device model. In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can download the stock Samsung firmware and extract the PIT file from it. If you are wondering why you should even care about downloading a heavy-sized firmware to get a very small file, here is the answer. You must flash the PIT file using Odin along with the firmware binaries (BL, AP, CP, and CSC or Home CSC). It means that you have to download the firmware anyway.
- To download the firmware for your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Galaxy Tab, you must have the model number and the CSC of your device. Just go to Settings > About phone and you’ll find the model number.
- To find out your device’s CSC, go to Settings > About phone > Software information > Service provider SW ver.
- Now that you have the CSC and model number of your device, you are all set to get the right firmware file. Follow the instructions to download Samsung firmware.
- Once the firmware download is finished, unzip it on your desktop and open the extracted folder.
- Inside the folder, you’ll find 5 firmware binaries namely, AP, BL, CP, CSC, and HOME CSC (the names of the files below have been shortened).
- As you can see, all firmware binaries have a .tar.md5 extension. It’s the CSC file that contains the PIT file for your Galaxy device and to extract the PIT, we’ll have to add a .ZIP extension to the CSC file. Windows does not let us see or edit file name extensions by default. To make that happen, click on the View tab in the folder window and check the File name extensions option.
- You should now be able to view and edit the file name extensions. Right-click the firmware binary that starts with CSC in its name, select the Rename option, and add .zip after .md5.
- Having changed the extension, extract the ZIP file and open it. You’ll have the PIT file for your Samsung Galaxy device.
If you follow the above PIT extraction method, you won’t have to download the Samsung PIT file from any 3rd-party website. Now, you only need to download the latest Samsung Odin and flash the PIT file along with the 4 firmware binaries with the Re-partition option enabled.