How To Install Ubuntu OS on Motorola Droid 4

Finally, the Ubuntu OS has been ported to the Motorola Droid 4, the users can now install the Ubuntu OS on their devices and enjoy with the same. It’s very great when the developers port some other OS to the devices that belong to some other OS. The XDA Developer greekchampion04 has created a thread on XDA regarding the method using which we can port Ubuntu on Motorola Droid 4. Remember the process is a bit complicated and you should have enough knowledge about Android, Rooting and all.

Motorola Droid 4 Ubuntu OS

Note: This is an non-official update that has been released by some developer and the official company isn’t the creator of the ROM, there can be a few bugs on the ROM as it hasn’t been released by the company. Warranty of the mobile phone will be voided upon the flashing of the ROM, but it can be retained using the STOCK FIRMWARE.

This Mod is not recommended for beginners and requires lot of knowledge regarding VNC, Terminal and all. Make sure you don’t try if you don’t know about these as you’ll end up bricking off your device.

Warning for Beginners:

Note: This is an non official update and has to be applied to the Mobile phone using the Recovery Tool. The steps which are included in this guide are very risky and can even brick off your mobile phone. Unless you are aware with Custom ROMS, Firmwares and ODIN, don’t even try these things on your mobile phone.

Pre-Requisites to Install Ubuntu on Motorola Droid 4

  • The instructions are working for Motorola Droid 4, Originally manufactured.
  • Backup all of your SMS Messages using SMS Backup Application. Sync all of your Contacts with the Gmail Application and then Copy all of your notes manually to somewhere else, as if in case your mobile phone gets bricked these notes will be deleted from the mobile phone.
  • Take a backup of call logs, APN Settings, and other important things.
  • Charge your mobile phone so that it would be having more than 60% battery.
  • Motorola Device Drivers installed in your computer.
  • Follow all steps carefully in order to get 100% assured success.

How to Install Ubuntu on Motorola Droid 4

Disclaimer: We have written each and every step clearly in order to make the update applied successfully but if any wrong step is taken then your device can brick, remember Neither me nor is held responsible in case your device gets bricked. Proceed at your own risk, and always make sure that you’ve checked all essential pre-requisites.

  • Download Required Tools: BusyBox (Android Market), Terminal Emulator (Android Market), Android VNC Viewer (Android Market), Android VNC Viewer (Android Market), zeroktal’s file (mediafire), and Vi Cheat Sheet (
  • Your device should be rooted.
  • Install BusyBox, Terminal, and Android VNC Viewer on your Droid 4.
  • Install and then Run the Ubuntu Installer on your Mobile phone.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and then click the next button.
  • Connect your Motorola Droid 4 To your computer in mass storage mode.
  • Now, extract the zeroktal’s file to a new folder.
  • Now, open the External SD Card of your Droid 4 and transfer all the files which are extracted from the zeroktal’s file.
  • Disconnect your mobile phone from the PC.
  • Open up terminal and then run the following commands:

 su [ENTER]mount -o remount,rw,exec,suid /dev/block/vold/179:1 /mnt/sdcard-ext [ENTER]cd /mnt/sdcard-ext/ubuntu [ENTER]sh [ENTER]960×540 [ENTER]**

  • After you’ve entered the the above commands, enter these commands too

killall -TERM Xtightvnc [ENTER]vncserver :1 -geometry 960×540 [ENTER]**.

  • Shoot the AndroidVNC app on your Droid 4 and enter the following settings there:

Nickname: Enter your desired username

Password: ubuntu

Address: localhost
Port: 5901
Color Format: 24-bit color (4 bpp)

  • Now Tap on connect, now press the menu button and then set the input mode on your Droid 4 to TouchPad.
  • That’s it, you’ve successfully installed the Ubuntu OS on Droid 4.

How To Shut Down Ubuntu

  • Press the menu button and then select disconnect in the VNC App.
  • In Terminal type “exit” 3 times and press ENTER and done.

How To Start Ubuntu Again?

  • Repeat steps 9-11 to start Ubuntu on your device.

That’s it, you’ve Ubuntu on your Motorola Droid 4. Thanks, to bloggers social network for sponsoring us.


  1. Can the same done with other phones or is it available with droid 4 only

  2. very nice tutorial vikas ;)

  3. Why still Ubuntu on some phones only.

  4. Is this works on other Android devices like galaxy tabs?

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