How to extract kernel configuration from android kernel or boot.img and build related kernel for the device

To build a new kernel for specified device, you need to make a configuration:

For example, all of configuration fiiles: KCONFIG will be placed at related folders.

When you type the command:

make def_config


make menuconfig

to configure the kernel.

Afterall, all the configuration will be written to the one file “.config” at <kernel_source_dir>


So if you wanna build a specified kernel for specified device, the simpliest way to get the kernel configuration is to extract it from the original kernel.

Usually, you will not be able to download the kernel image itself.

but it’s easy to get the boot.img which is consisted with kernel and ramdisk images.


After you get the boot.img

Decompress it:

$ unmkbootimg -i boot.img
kernel written to ‘kernel‘ (6682776 bytes)
ramdisk written to ‘ramdisk.cpio.gz’ (913311 bytes)

To rebuild this boot image, you can use the command:
mkbootimg –base 0 –pagesize 2048 –kernel_offset 0x80208000 –ramdisk_offset 0x82200000 –second_offset 0x81100000 –tags_offset 0x80200100 –cmdline ‘console=ttyHSL0,115200,n8 androidboot.hardware=flo user_debug=31 msm_rtb.filter=0x3F ehci-hcd.park=3 vmalloc=340M’ –kernel kernel –ramdisk ramdisk.cpio.gz -o boot.img

You will have kernel and ramdisk in your current folder.


Then you need a script named extract-ikconfig

you can download it from following link:

$ chmod +x extract-ikconfig

$ extract-ikconfig kernel > kernel_config


then you can put the kernel_config to the <kernel_source_dir> renaming it with “.config” and compile the kernel for the device.


For detailed steps of compiling the kernel, remaking the boot.img and flash to the device, you can follow my previous articles.









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