Odin Flash Tool was developed solely to flash stock firmware on Samsung devices. But as the tool evolved, it added many new features, and now we can flash Custom Recovery (TWRP/CWM), SuperSU and other root packages, and mods via Samsung Odin. Earlier, we have shared Samsung Odin for Windows, and on this page, you'll be able to download Samsung Odin for Mac and Linux platforms.
Table of Contents
What is Samsung Odin?
Odin3 is Samsung's official tool for flashing firmware (ROM), Recovery, Bootloader, or Modem files on Samsung Galaxy devices. With the help of Samsung Odin3, users can unbrick, unroot, and return the device back to stock firmware. If you have soft-bricked your Samsung Galaxy device and can't find a way to fix it, then flash the stock firmware using Odin3 and restore the device/unbrick the device.
Samsung Odin for Mac and Linux
Samsung Odin is mainly developed for the Windows platform and is not available for Mac and Linux. But all thanks to the famous XDA developer/contributor AdamOutler, Samsung Odin for Mac and Linux is now possible with the port by the name JOdin. It is a direct port of the Odin for Windows, and it now works on all the three platforms – Windows, Mac, and Linux.
We can also use Odin on Mac using Heimdall, a cross-platform open-source tool suite for flashing firmware and ROMs on Samsung devices. It is believed that the Odin Flash Tool got its name from the king of gods in Norse mythology. So, keeping this into account, the developers of Heimdall named it after the Norse God and guardian of the Bifrost Bridge.
Both Samsung JOdin and Heimdall are Odin alternatives for Mac and Linux, and they are available for all three platforms – Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Download JOdin3 – Odin for Mac OS X and Linux
If you're looking for Samsung Odin for Mac/ Samsung Odin for Linux, we recommend you to download JOdin. JOdin3 is a direct port of windows version of Samsung Odin. It works with Mac OS and Linux platforms.
Below are some of the features of the JOdin tool.
- JOdin3 is based on the CASUAL-X project and Heimdall tool.
- It automatically obtains the PIT file with a single device reboot.
- Required USB drivers are installed automatically on Windows.
- Heimdall is installed automatically on Mac OS.
- In-app instructions are available at each step for easy flashing.
- JOdin for Mac, Linux, and Windows supports
.tar.md5files to flash on the device.
Why use JOdin3?
The official Samsung flashing tool Odin is available for only the Windows platform. But what if you are using Mac OS or Linux? In this situation, JOdin3 comes to rescue.
JOdin is platform-independent, and it just requires the Java Runtime Environment. So, it is the perfect and highly recommended alternative for Samsung Odin.
However, unlike Odin, JOdin is not considered as an official flashing software. But it works perfectly and gets the job of flashing Stock firmware, Recovery, Root package, and other mods done easily.
JOdin – Requirements
Before you can download and install Odin on Mac or Linux or Windows, you need to configure your system accordingly.
- Download and install the Java Runtime Environment.
- On Windows, make sure you have proper Samsung USB drivers installed. If not, they will be installed automatically with Heimdall.
- Download and install Heimdall – Windows, macOS, and Linux.
- Uninstall Samsung KIES/Smart Sync from your computer.
Download JOdin for Mac and Linux
Below are the download links for JOdin3. There is no official source for JOdin as the source has stopped supporting the development.
|Compatible||Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux|
You may have to download and install Heimdall on your computer first, as JOdin is based on Heimdall. Download Heimdall from the above JOdin requirements section.
How to install JOdin on Mac OS X
We have written the complete step-by-step instruction on how to install JOdin on Mac. The process is quite simple and easy to follow.
- First of all, download and install the Java Runtime Environment on macOS.
- Once the JRE is installed on your computer, download and install Heimdall for macOS. Download the heimdall-suite-1.4.0-mac.dmg and follow the on-screen instructions.
- If you have Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung KIES installed on your computer, then uninstall them so they won't interfere with JOdin.
- Now, download and extract the JOdin3CASUAL-r1142-dist.zip file from the above downloads section to your Mac computer.
- Now open the JOdin3CASUAL.jar file from the extracted folder.
- Now, JOdin Mac should open, and you'll see the screen similar to the screenshot below.
How to install JOdin on Linux
The process of installing JOdin on Linux (Odin for Linux) is similar to the process of installing JOdin on Mac.
- First of all, download and install Java Runtime Environment and Heimdall for Linux on your Linux machine.
- Now download and extract the JOdin3CASUAL-r1142-dist.zip file on your computer.
- Now, open JOdin3CASUAL.jar from the extracted folder.
- Once JOdin launches, you can start flashing files to your Samsung Galaxy device.
How to use JOdin on Mac OS X and Linux
Once you have installed JOdin3 on mac OS and Linux, the process is similar to how we use Samsung Odin on Windows. If this is the first time you are working with Odin / JOdin, then we have written a step-by-step tutorial on how to use JOdin on Mac/Linux to flash the firmware.
- Download the suitable firmware (ROM) / Recovery / Root package file for your device in
- Now enable USB Debugging on your Samsung Galaxy device from Settings > Developer Options. Here is a detailed guide on how to enable USB debugging on Android.
- Open JOdin on your Mac/Linux machine.
- Click on the PDA button in JOdin and select the
.tar.md5file that you have downloaded in Step #1.
- Power off your Samsung Galaxy device and boot the device into Download Mode.
- Connect your Samsung Galaxy device to your computer with a USB cable.
- If everything goes well, you will see a green Connected message under ID:COM in JOdin.
- Make sure only the Auto-Reboot option is checked in JOdin, and other options are unchecked.
- Click on the Start button to proceed.
- Next, you need to have the PIT file of your phone. Click Yes and proceed.
- Now, again boot your phone into Download Mode as you did in Step #5. This time JOdin will fetch your phone's PIT file automatically.
- Once done, a message will be displayed on the screen about the same. Click on OK to proceed.
- Click on the Start button again to start the installation process.
- If everything went well, then you should see a PASS message in JOdin3. If you see the FAILED message, then it means something has gone wrong.
If you have followed the steps correctly, then you should have JOdin properly installed and working on your Mac/Linux computer.
If you run into any problems during or after installation of JOdin (Odin for Mac and Linux), then feel free to drop a comment below.
Was this tutorial helpful?
Do let us know in the comment section below.