Partitions are an integral part of any Operating system including Android. The PIT (Partition Information Table) file is one of the core components of 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 phone or Galaxy Tab 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 that 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” error in Odin.
- 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 experienced this issue on 2 of my Android phones, namely the Pixel 5 and Galaxy S21 Plus.
What is a PIT File?
A 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 filename
- 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 layouts.
If you extract all firmware binaries with .tar.md5 extension, you’ll find the following .img and .bin files with .lz4 encryption.
- MODEMST1: nvrebuild1.bin
- MODEMST2: nvrebuild2.bin
- PERSIST: persist.img
- EFS: efs.img
- PARAM param.bin
- SEC_EFS: sec_efs.img
- STEADY: steady.bin
- DQMDBG: dqmdbg.img
- APNHLOS: NON-HLOS.bin
- VBMETA_SYSTEM: vbmeta_system.img
- METADATA: metadata.img
- MODEM: modem.bin
- BOOT: boot.img
- INIT_BOOT: init_boot.img
- RECOVERY: recovery.img
- VENDOR_BOOT: vendor_boot.img
- VM-BOOTSYS: vm-bootsys.img
- SUPER: super.img
- PRISM: prism.img
- OPTICS: optics.img
- CACHE: cache.img
- CARRIER: carrier.img
- OMR: omr.img
- SPU: spu.img
- DTBO: dtbo.img
- CORE_NHLOS_A: Core_NON-HLOS.bin
- USERDATA: userdata.img
- SGPT0: sgpt0.img
- APDP: apdp.mbn
- PGPT1: pgpt1.img
- SGPT1: sgpt1.img
- XBL_B: xbl.elf
- PGPT2: pgpt2.img
- SGPT2: sgpt2.img
- PGPT3: pgpt3.img
- SGPT3: sgpt3.img
- TZ: tz.mbn
- AOP: aop.mbn
- DEVCFG: devcfg.mbn
- VBMETA: vbmeta.img
- VK: vaultkeeper.mbn
- HDM: tz_hdm.mbn
- TZ_KG: tz_kg.mbn
- UEFI: uefi.elf
- PGPT4: pgpt4.img
- SGPT4: sgpt4.img
- PGPT5: pgpt5.img
- SGPT5: sgpt5.img
The reason why the size of PIT files ranges from just 3 to 5 KB is that it’s 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 opening it with Notepad.
Download PIT Magic
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 PIT file for Samsung or edit the one you already have. Moreover, PIT Magic can also analyze a Samsung PIT file and get human-readable data of all partition entries. Moreover, the tool also lets you export an existing PIT 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 S23 Ultra and you mistakenly install it on Galaxy S22 or S22 Plus, you may end up with a firmware flash error or a boot loop. Moreover, suppose you own the unlocked Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS), you must not install the PIT file meant for variants like SM-S918N (Korea), SM-S918U (USA Unlocked Snapdragon, AT&T, TMO, Verizon, etc.), SM-S918W (Canada), etc. You must flash PIT in Odin if you want to re-partition your device.
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 you above, to get the correct PIT for your device, you must 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 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 check 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 the official 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 .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. If you’re a Windows 11 user, click on View > Show > File name extensions.
- 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.
Download Samsung PIT Files
Below is a list of PIT files for old Samsung phones and tablets that you can download directly. Though I have shared the PIT files, I would still recommend you extract them from the firmware file itself for accuracy.
Download PIT File
|Galaxy A10 (All Models)|
|Galaxy A30 (All Models)|
|Galaxy J2 (All Models)|
|Galaxy A8 SM-A8000||SM-A8000.pit|
|Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G530H||SM-G530H.pit|
|Galaxy A8 SM-A8000||SM-A8000.pit|
|Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G530H||SM-G530H.pit|
|Galaxy J5 SM- J500M (Latin America)||SM-J500M.pit|
|Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 (3G)||SM-N900_32GB.pit|
|Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (LTE)||SM-N9005_16GB.pit|
|Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (LTE)||SM-N9005_32GB.pit|
|Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A (AT&T)||SM-N900A_32G.pit|
|Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P (Sprint)||SM-N900P_32GB.pit|
|Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V (Verizon)||SM-N900V_32GB.pit|
|Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F||SM-N910F_32GB.pit|
|Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910V (Verizon)||SM-N910V_32GB.pit|
|Galaxy S3 Mini GT-I8190||GT-I8190.pit|
|Galaxy S4 GT-I9500||GT-I9500.pit|
|Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505||GT-I9505.pit|
|Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 (Verizon)||SCH-I545.pit|
|Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 (AT&T)||SGH-I337.pit|
|Galaxy S4 SM-G900W8 (Canada)|
|Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 Sprint||SPH-L720_16GB.pit|
|Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910T (T-Mobile)||SM-N910T_32GB.pit|
|Galaxy S5 Mini Duos SM-G800H||SM-G800H_EUR_OPEN.pit|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900A (AT&T)||SM-G900A.pit|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (International)|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (HSPA)||SM-G900H_16GB.pit|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900I (Asia, Australia)||SM-G900I_16GB.pit|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900M (Vodafone)||SM-G900M.pit|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900P (Sprint)||SM-G900P_16GB.pit|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900T (T-Mobile)||SM-G900T_16GB.pit|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 (Canada)|
|Galaxy S5 SM-G901F (LTE-A)||SM-G901F.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge (All models)|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925I||SM-G925I.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925A (AT&T)||SM-G925A.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925P (Sprint)||SM-G925P.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925T (T-Mobile)||SM-G925T.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925V (Verizon)||SM-G925V.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925R4 (US Cellular)||SM-G925R4.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925W8||SM-G925W8.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925K/L/S (Korea)||SM-G925K-L-S.pit|
|Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G9250 (China)||SM-G9250_CHN_HKTW.pit|
|Galaxy S8 SM-G950F (Europe)||SM-G950F_EUR_OPEN.pit|
|Galaxy S9 SM-G965F/FD (Europe)||SM-G965F_EUR_OPEN.pit|
|Galaxy S21 Ultra G998B (Asia/Europe)||SM-G998B_EUR_OPEN.pit|
|Galaxy S23 Ultra G998B (Asia/Europe)||SM-S918B_EUR_OPEN.pit|
|Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T210 (Wi-Fi)|
|Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 SM-T230/T231 (Wi-Fi)|
|Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T531 (3G)||SM-T531.pit|
|Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T217S||LT02LTE_ONEPIT_SPR_130710|
|Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T535 (LTE)||SM-T535.pit|
|Galaxy Tab A SM-T550 (Wi-Fi)||SM-T550.pit|
|Galaxy Tab Active SM-T365||SM-T365.pit|
|Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 SM-T320||SM-T320.pit|
How to Flash PIT File with Odin
Warning: All data on your Samsung device’s internal storage will be wiped and all settings will be reset to default.
Follow the steps given below to flash the PIT file along with the Samsung firmware file with Odin.
- Boot your Galaxy phone or Tab into the Samsung Download Mode.
- Launch the Samsung Odin flash tool on your computer.
- Connect your device to the computer using a compatible USB cable. The ID:COM port on Odin will be highlighted.
- If the firmware you have downloaded has a single file, click on the PDA or AP button in Odin and add the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension to it. Now, click on the PIT button and add the PIT file for your Samsung device to this section. You also need to check the Re-Partition option in Odin and keep Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time enabled. Click on the Start button to initiate firmware installation. Your device will reboot automatically when the firmware flashing is finished.
- However, if the firmware you downloaded contains 5 files (BL, AP, CP, CSC, and Home CSC), you need to click the BL, AP, CP, and CSC buttons one by one and add the corresponding firmware binaries as shown in the screenshot below.
- Also, click on the Options tab in Odin and make sure that the following options are enabled.
- Auto Reboot
- F. Reset Time
- Now, click on the PIT tab and add the PIT file for your Samsung device to it.
- Finally, click on the Start button and wait until the firmware installation is finished. Upon the completion of firmware flashing, your device will restart.
Please note that your device might take about 3-7 minutes to boot up for the first time after firmware installation. so, don’t panic and have patience. If you encounter any issues, refer to this guide to fix Samsung Odin firmware flashing errors.
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