In this post, we have succeeded in giving a step by step guide on how to get any pit file for a Samsung device for flashing via Odin or other Samsung supported flash tools or softwares.
Pit files for flashing Samsung phones are one of the most restricted areas every Odin user is always told.
Yes, from the time I learned about flashing my first Samsung phone, I was instructed never to mess around with pit files for Samsungs or touch the repartition area.
First of all and more importantly,
What’s a PIT File or Samsung PIT file?
PIT simply means Partition Information Table and it’s mostly a text file that any text editor can edit or view.
A Samsung PIT (Partition Information Table) file is a core component of a Samsung firmware or flash file that contains all the information related to each partition on a Samsung Galaxy device.
The Samsung PIT file is used to direct the software, in this case Odin, on how much block size and block count it has to allocate to each partition on the device hardware while flashing a firmware.
For example, a regular Samsung firmware bundle has files like
The files above are flashed to your Samsung device via Odin or other Samsung flashing tools .
Here’s is the interesting catch. The Samsung PIT file instructs Odin or the flashing software which block or partition of your device’s internal storage the files should be written to.
Like I previously said, the PIT is a text file and you can view the instructions in it by adding a .txt extension after .pit.
In summary, the Samsung PIT file tells Odin about the firmware and how to allocate the storage partitions according to the partition map provided by the PIT.
What’s a Samsung PIT file used for?
Since a Samsung pit file is very important but rarely advised to be used, let’s see what a Samsung pit file can actually do to our Samsung Galaxy device. Whether good, bad or ugly!
Some of the uses of a Samsung pit file includes:
- It can be used to fix EXT4 errors while flashing Samsung firmwares via Odin
- Samsung device is stuck on the Samsung logo or in a bootloop after flashing a firmware that messed up with its partitions
- Samsung device with an internal storage that’s less than what it used to be due to flashing a wrong firmware
Now, these are very important things to know because a pit file is not just a file you should use anytime you feel like flashing a firmware to your Samsung device.
Flashing a wrong PIT file on a Samsung Galaxy device might hard-brick it, alter the storage size and other firmware related issues. The best thing is, let it be unless you actually need it, which is rare.
Now, to the main thing which is how to get the pit file for your Samsung Galaxy device.
There’re so many methods to get a pit file for Samsung device which includes:
- Downloading from the internet
- Using Heimdall(An Odin alternative)
- Rooting your Samsung Galaxy device
- Using third-party tools like Miracle box, Z3X, Octopus, Chimera tool etc
- Extracting the pit file from a Samsung firmware
The last one, that’s what we’re going to quickly show you how to go about it.
How To Extract Samsung PIT File from A Samsung Flashfiles
This is one of the safest way to get the pit file of any Samsung Galaxy device using the stock firmware.
The good thing about this method is that, most of the stress in downloading wrong pit files online is prevented and you get the pit file that matches your Samsung device model.
Here is a step by step guide on how to extract the pit file from any Samsung firmware/flash file.
How To Extract Samsung PIT File from A Samsung Flashfiles
Download the exact stock firmware of your Samsung device or the device in question
This step is very important because you need to use the pit file that matches your Samsung device. You should check your About phone section to see your device model or you can also find it when you’re in Download or recovery mode.Let’s say you have a Samsung Galaxy J2 SM-J260AZ, you shouldn’t use a pit file from J260T1 but J260AZ.You can use the search box to search for your device firmware.
Extract the archived firmware file you downloaded
After downloading the compressed firmware file, you need to extract the downloaded file using Winrar or 7zip to your your desktop.
Open the folder that contains the extracted firmware binary files.
After extraction, the folder will contain 4-5 binaries with .tar.md5 extension, namely:AP, BL, CP, CSC and HOME_CSC
Select the firmware binary file that starts with CSC, and add a ‘.zip’ extension after ‘.tar.md5′
Just right-click on the CSC file and rename it by just adding a .zip to the .tar.md5. Now it will look like tar.md5.zip
Right-click on the CSC file again and extract it
It’s now in a zip file format and you can easily unzip the file contents by using a software like 7Zip.
Copy the Samsung pit file from the CSC extracted folder
Finally, you will have the CSC file contents extracted and the pit file is one of those files. You can now copy it out to any folder and use it with Odin when the need arises.
That’s all on how to extract Samsung pit file from a Samsung stock firmware. Hope it was easy to follow.
If you have any issue, please leave a comment below.
5 thoughts on “How To Extract Samsung PIT File from A Samsung Stock Firmware”
Ok. My firmware is a single binary. I can’t find the 4 separate ones. So how does one extract the pit without the csc binary. Tab model sm-t350. Xar
Here’s a link for the SM-T350 full/4 file firmware https://samsungflashfiles.net/samsung-galaxy-tab-a-8-0-sm-t350-full-repair-firmware/
Can I have full/4 firmware for samasung tab 10.1 GT-N8010 please,
To extract CSC aft’er making it a zip file it asks me a password!
So I can’t extract CSC.zip without knowing the password!
When I try doing it through ADB commands then I get the message:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot>adb devices
List of devices attached
* daemon not running; starting now at tcp:5037
* daemon started successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot>adb shell
z3s:/ $ su
/system/bin/sh: su: inaccessible or not found