Plugin: Android Boot


This plugin is used to update hardware that use partitions to store their firmware on.

Firmware Format

The daemon will decompress the cabinet archive and extract a firmware blob as a Raw Disk File in the IMG format. The firmware blob will be flashed to the partition. Fastboot devices are similar but are flashed in fastboot mode using an external device. This plugin is similar but can be used to flash from the device itself rather than external device.

This plugin supports the following protocol ID:


GUID Generation

The GUID is generated by combining the partition UUID of the block device, its label and optionally boot slot when using an Android A/B partitioning scheme, e.g.

  • DRIVE\UUID_c49183ed-aaec-9bf5-760a-66330fbcffc1&LABEL_label&SLOT_a
  • DRIVE\UUID_c49183ed-aaec-9bf5-760a-66330fbcffc1&LABEL_label
  • DRIVE\UUID_c49183ed-aaec-9bf5-760a-66330fbcffc1

Update Behavior

The block device is erased in chunks, written and then read back to verify.

Quirk Use

This plugin uses the following plugin-specific quirk:


Property to parse from /proc/cmdline to retrieve the bootloader version.

Since: 1.8.5


Maximum size the firmware may use of a partition.

Since: 1.8.5

Vendor ID Security

The vendor ID is set through the android-boot.quirk file.

External Interface Access

This plugin requires read/write access to /dev/block.

Version Considerations

This plugin has been available since fwupd version 1.8.5.


Anyone can submit a pull request to modify this plugin, but the following people should be consulted before making major or functional changes:

  • Dylan Van Assche: DylanVanAssche