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Build your own CyanogenMod ROM, no experience necessary

If you've ever wanted to build a ROM yourself from scratch and happen to love CyanogenMod, there's a new tool that you might want to have a look at -- the CyanogenMod compiler.  What it does is build CM for your phone, without you having to do anything more than enter a number or two.  Once you set up your computer (the instructions even cover that part), you can download a set of scripts that do all the hard work for you.  When it's all said and done, you'll have a nice little package you can flash via recovery, and have your own home-brewed CyanogenMod.

And that might not be a good thing.  What you have will be no different than the latest nightly build, except that you had to spend time doing it yourself, and won't get any help from the CM team when things foul up.  Building from scratch is fun, there's no doubt about it, but this isn't just a one-click rooter tool -- it's going to take a long (as in loooooooooong) time to give you something you could have just downloaded more quickly in the first place. 

Anyways, if you used a one-click rooter, then flashed a recovery in one click through ROM Manager, you now have a one-click (almost) ROM builder.  It does happen to be great work, and lithid did a hell of a job with it.  I'm just afraid of what you guys (and gals) will break with this one.  Now that I'm done with the grandfatherly advice being the old curmudgeon, hit the source link to have a look -- and stay off my lawn!

Source: XDA-developersThanks, blackroseMD1!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

12 Comments
  • Wonder what kinda mess I can get myself into...
  • So i can build cm for galaxy nexus?
  • Is this just for phones that CyanogenMod supports or is this for any Android phone ?
  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=20777030&postcount=8 Only devices on the CM repo so far
  • unfortunately im a little skeptical...i can see people bricking their phones with this...
  • it may be useful for a few people who are interested in android development but other users, even flash addicts like me, should probably stay away :)
  • So would this pretty much work with any Android phone thts rootable?
  • This could be useful as I've been waiting a month and a half for a new nightly to come out
  • you said curmudgeon ;]
  • Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun, but mama. That's where the fun is.
  • will this enable cm to be made for phones that currently dont have it like the galaxy note 3 ha3g or exynos core sm n900?
  • I wish Android Central would do the same on "Build your own MIUI ROM, no expected necessary..." I have asked so many devs and they have too much going on to build and keep up on updates. Sent from my Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910T)