GingerBreak apk ROOT your Gingerbread device!

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26.04.2011][v1.2] GingerBreak APK (root for GingerBread)

(this is still a work in progress)

The GingerBreak APK is a wrapper around the newly released GingerBreak exploit (credits to The Android Exploid Crew), which is meant to attain root access on GingerBread. This specific exploit may work on various Froyo and Honeycomb versions as well.

What the APK and exploit do is as follows:
– The APK puts the right files in the right place to run the exploit
– The APK runs the exploit
– The exploit attempts to attain root access
– If it succeeds, the exploit remounts /system as read-write and runs the installer script
– The installer script attempts to install the su binary and superuser APK, and reboots

Some important things to know:
– You must have USB debugging enabled on your device
– You need to have an SD card (formatted and) inserted
– The APK must be install to device, NOT SD card
– The exploit may take a while to run, but not more than 10 minutes, if it does, get me a logcat, and reboot the device
– Always reboot between root attempts!
– While (temporary?) root access may be attained, due to locked bootloaders, efuses, S-ON, and whatnot this may still not work on your device
– The GingerBreak exploit should not be used to attain temproot and continue using the device. It fscks vold, you do not want to be running like that. You want to reboot! So if the root doesn’t stick, you (still) have a problem.

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– Make sure USB debugging is enabled
– Make sure you have an SD card (formatted and) inserted
– Get the APK on the phone somehow, and install it
– Open the APK, press the root button
– Wait a few minutes. If there are no problems, the device will reboot
– Make sure the Superuser app is install and working
– Optional: Uninstall GingerBreak, you don’t need it on your phone anymore
– Optional: Make a donation 

WARNING: Apparently on some devices the root exploit causes the SD card (internal or external) to be formatted

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Please report back if it does or doesn’t work on specific devices. If it doesn’t, don’t forget to post your logcat as attachment, and mention your device details and GingerBreak version.

– I made the APK and did some slight modding to the exploit code to install from an APK
– The exploit (“GingerBreak”) itself is made by The Android Exploid Crew. Original code can be found here:…ngerbreak.html

Manual rooting
From v1.1 it is no longer possible to manually root the device over an ADB connection using the files from this APK. Please use the original binaries from the c-skills website to do this. There are several guides posted here on XDA about how to do this manually, some are mentioned/linked-to in the first few pages of this thread.

GingerBreak is not specific to any device, but there is code in there that may not work on device X or Y. The exploit is generic, but that does not mean one size fits all, nor does it mean that there will be no firmwares out there that fix this exploit. A special version may need to be compiled for your device, ask your favorite hacker from your specific device’s forum. This APK is meant to make the process easier, but also adds dependancies so that it may not work on your device.


26.04.2011: v1.2
– Removed some code that may break operation while the code itself isn’t needed
– Added UnRoot option
– The APK now logs exploit output semi-live

22.04.2011: v1.1
– Modded exploit code to not need /data/local/tmp – this should fix the problem extracting assets as well as be more compatible with various devices (in theory). In case the APK notices that this cannot work, it will warn you about this.
– Added some warnings and errors to the APK

21.04.2011: v1.0
– First release of APK
– Slight mods to the exploit source to have it work better from APK

Download: GingerBreakv-1.00.apk

Download: GingerBreakV-1.10.apk

Download: GingerBreakV-1.20.apk

80 responses to “GingerBreak apk ROOT your Gingerbread device!

  1. Im a green horn at some of this. I tried downloading the bootstrap loader and it will not work…I downloaded the 595 file and tried to install update from sdcard and that would not work. What do you mean when you say flash the 588?

  2. Trying to gingeroot. 595. The apk installs and does its thing. The phone reboots but the super user app is not there. Tried twice.

  3. This does not work on the samsung galaxy s software version PDAJVO/PHONEJVO/CSCJVO it runs for over an hour, and then i got bored and rebooted. IS a fix likely for this? Or is there another way to root this ne firmwarE? it has only been out less than 24 hours

  4. Hey! this seems not work for me what can be the problem?

    I think I ve followed the instructions right but it still doesnt work its just lika Rooting… and nothing happens I was waiting for like 30 mins and nothing still happen it just loads and loads… by the way I got a samsung galaxy s 2.3.3

      • Yea I think its the same issue. I’m running the official ROM on Orange that came out in the early hours of the morning. Its the XXJVO one if this helps anyone

    • by when will it be supported for .596?
      i use a wireless tether at school and its my only internet access and at the moment im losing a lot of work time

      • so there is no way to use anyform of a wirless tether while using gingerbread until a root comes out? if so when will the root work for .569?

      • no like i said wifi tether app is blocked on gingerbread even on the patched rooted version that was released by team black hat.. in other words even when root comes out for signed ota .596 it will still be blocked by verizon wireless.. i have heard that barnacle tether works but have not tested it. I just use pdanet

      • Gingerbreak is not mine (I am not the dev) .as far as I know that exploit was closed in the official build so it may not be fixed…I don’t doubt the development will come out with something soon, but we’ve had official gb for a month…rooted gb has been provided though so may want to jump on that

  5. so there is no way to use anyform of a wirless tether while using gingerbread until a root comes out? if so when will the root work for .569?

  6. Well I know you guys are working hard on a Gingerbreak update for 596. Good luck and I hope it comes out soon. Not being able to tether my X is killin me.

    • juni.. No idea..devs are working on it now…may not ever be able to root the ota…im sure theyll get it soon…in the meantime flash the patched .596 it has root

  7. Dear DroidModderX

    Is this root can be done on my DHD 2.3.3?
    Already I try it but once i click root button it’s start process & never stop util i restart my DHD.

    Thanks & I apprecate your works..

  8. The vold exploit was killed in 2.3.4 you will need a new exploit… Thats what i have learnt from different sizes.

  9. Ok, I know nothing about any of this, but I downloaded 2.3.3 this weekend on my Droid X by just clicking system update on the phone. Does that mean my update is OTA and this will not work with it? If it is ok to proceed is this something you would not suggest for a complete novice?

    • joy… Gingerbreak wont work on OTA update 2.3.3 if you want rooted 2.3.3 you will have to sbf your phone and flash one of the many leaked prerooted gingerbread files via D2Bootstrap… there are many video guided to get you started

  10. I was able to use this method while on .588. Now that I installed the .595(without root) i cant get super user to show up. I even backed up my sd card files and formatted the card and tried again…nothing. Im trying to put the .596 on. Can someone help me out with a reply or link? Thanks

    • if your on .595 without root your only option is to sbf and then you can either flash the two part .596 update… or you could flash the 3 part .588 and then flash the .596 deodexed over that

  11. will you be able to use this gingerbreak for desire s running 2.3.3 android build number CL28209 release keys thats what its say on my phone but am just getting a little confused as to which apk. i have to download please advise me many thanks .

  12. hi i have a desire s and its running on android 2.3.3 gingerbread please advise me as to which apk i should download and also wether or not it is compatable with build number ( CL28209 RELEASE KEYS ) thats what it says on build number please help and advise me many thanks imran .will be most appreceiated .oh and sorry for wrong spelling lol

  13. I am kinda new at this whole thing and to my understanding all i need to do is download the 1.2 then install and then root. but whenever i try to root it just says rooting for like 20 min. then if i reboot and try again it does the same thing please help.

  14. I just need to root into gingerbread .596 to install fonts. Any idea when we will have gingerbreak work with that? right now it just starts running the exploits and keep running for ever.. I left it running for up 30-40 minutes, no reboot nor superuser access..



    • I am uploading a video on how to root gingerbread for the DX it does involve SBFing back to froyo, but it is the only way for now… check my youtube channel in about 15 minutes it will be up

  15. ginger break doesnt root. it just sticks at rooting forever what do i do. i have restarted the phone multiple times and have retried

  16. I got gingerbreak 1.20 on my droid x. It runs exploit for about 20 min and then quits and restarts but doesn’t root. I am running ginger bread 2.3.3.

  17. So Gingerbreak ran OVER night, about 10 hours, on my DX with Android 2.3.3 and was still running this morning when I woke up. Does anyone know what could be wrong?

    • Redsox…gingerbreak will not work on DX ota 2.3.3 gingerbread… you will have to sbf to froyo and install the 2part patched 2.3.3 4.5.596 update if you want rooted gb

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