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Contents of this repository:

  • - main script for communication (see below).
  • - manage (list / read / write) partitions.
  • - Dump all partitions (convenience script that uses under the hood). By default the largest partitions (system, cache, cust, userdata) are not dumped though. This can be changed with the --max-size option.
  • - dumps a regular file from device.
  • - Protocol documentation.
  • lglaf.lua - Wireshark dissector for LG LAF protocol.
  • scripts/ - Miscellaneous scripts.

Requirements depends on:

On Linux, you must also install rules.d/42-usb-lglaf.rules to /etc/udev/rules.d/ in order to give the regular user access to the USB device.

Tested with:

  • LG G3 (D855) on 64-bit Arch Linux (Python 3.5.1, pyusb 1.0.0b2, libusb 1.0.20)
  • LG G3 (D855) on 32-bit Windows XP (Python 3.4.4, LG drivers).
  • LG G2 (VS985).
  • LG G4 (VS986) on Linux (Python 3.5) and Windows.
  • LG K10 2017 (M250N) on Linux (Both Python 2.7.13 and Python 3.5.3).


This tool provides an interactive shell where you can execute commands in Download Mode. To enter this mode:

  1. Power off the phone.
  2. Connect the phone to a computer using a USB cable.
  3. Press and hold Volume up.
  4. Briefly press the power button.
  5. Wait for the Download mode screen to appear.
  6. Release keys. You should now see a Firmware Update screen.

Now you can issue commands using the interactive shell:

(venv)[peter@al lglaf]$ python by Peter Wu (
Type a shell command to execute or "exit" to leave.
# pwd
# uname -a
-: uname: not found
# cat /proc/version
Linux version 3.4.0-perf-gf95c7ee (lgmobile@LGEARND12B2) (gcc version 4.8 (GCC) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Aug 18 19:25:04 KST 2015
# exit

When commands are piped to stdin (or given via -c), the prompt is hidden:

(venv)[peter@al lglaf]$ echo mount | python
rootfs / rootfs rw 0 0
tmpfs /dev tmpfs rw,seclabel,nosuid,relatime,size=927232k,nr_inodes=87041,mode=755 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts rw,seclabel,relatime,mode=600 0 0
proc /proc proc rw,relatime 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs rw,seclabel,relatime 0 0
selinuxfs /sys/fs/selinux selinuxfs rw,relatime 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs rw,relatime 0 0
/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/system /system ext4 ro,seclabel,noatime,data=ordered 0 0
/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/userdata /data ext4 rw,seclabel,nosuid,nodev,noatime,noauto_da_alloc,resuid=1000,errors=continue,data=ordered 0 0
/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/persist /persist ext4 ro,seclabel,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered 0 0
/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/cache /cache ext4 rw,seclabel,nosuid,nodev,noatime,data=ordered 0 0
(venv)[peter@al lglaf]$ python -c date
Thu Jan  1 01:30:06 GMT 1970
(venv)[peter@al lglaf]$

Advanced usage

If you know the protocol, you can send commands directly. Each request has a command, zero to four arguments and possibly a body. The tool accepts this command:

![command] [arguments] [body]

All of these words accept escape sequences such as \0 (octal escape), \x00 (hex), \n, \r and \t. The command must be exactly four bytes, the arguments and body are optional.

Arguments are comma-separated and must either be four-byte sequences (such as \0\1\2\3) or numbers (such as 0x03020100). If no arguments are given, but a body is needed, keep two spaces between the command and argument.

Reboot device (command CTRL, arg1 RSET, no body):

$ ./  --debug -c '!CTRL RSET' DEBUG: Hello done, proceeding with commands DEBUG: Header: b'CTRL' b'RSET' b'\0\0\0\0' b'\0\0\0\0' b'\0\0\0\0' b'\0\0\0\0' b'\xc7\xeb\0\0' b'\xbc\xab\xad\xb3'

Execute a shell command (command EXEC, no args, with body):

$ ./ --debug --skip-hello -c '!EXEC  id\0' DEBUG: Header: b'EXEC' b'\0\0\0\0' b'\0\0\0\0' b'\0\0\0\0' b'\0\0\0\0' b'/\0\0\0' b'\x8dK\0\0' b'\xba\xa7\xba\xbc'
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) context=u:r:toolbox:s0


See the LICENSE file for the license (MIT).


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