When most people install Magisk modules, they simply flash them through the Magisk app and then reboot into Android. When it comes to installing regular flashable ZIP packages, there are custom recovery projects like TWRP that do the job. However, if you’re going to root and tinker with your device, you should probably get used to the command-line interface anyway. Besides the obvious fact that knowing some shell commands is useful, learning how to use them can mean not having to flash through another app or tethering your smartphone to your PC for sideloading more than necessary. This is where the MagicFlash Tool the project arrives.
Created by XDA Senior Member hoarse, Magic ToolFlash is a unique version of Android’s flashing mechanism. It is a command-line flash tool that works without a custom recovery environment. All you need to do is download a flashable ZIP to your device. Then invoke the tool through any terminal emulator application with root privilege to execute the flashing operation.
In addition to creating an isolated namespace for security reasons, Magic ToolFlash also displays the detailed flash log to the end user. You can flash different Magisk mods, the Magisk app itself, and other mod ZIP files directly from a CLI window on your phone using the
flash command after installing this Magisk module. However, the tool cannot yet be used to install a ROM from a running Android system.
Keep in mind that the
/tmp The directory does not exist on the root filesystem of Android. Therefore you may need to modify the update script and use
/dev/tmp as a temporary directory when using Magic ToolFlash. Also, if the target flashable zip contains hardcoded files
/sbin command, it may fail on Android 11 and above operating systems.
If you’re a developer and want to explore the Magic ToolFlash codebase, take a look at the project’s GitHub repository. A ready-to-use version of the Magisk module is also available for download under the Releases repository section.