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How to Extract Payload.bin using Payload Dumper Tool

Payload.bin is a file that you can often find in newer versions of the OTA or firmware updates. These files contain the stock boot and system images. Moreover, with the help of this file, you can take it as a base to create a custom ROM or even helps in unbricking of the device. In this post, we will guide you on how to extract payload.in from OTA or firmware using a script. This is the only method to get the payload.bin file as you cannot simply extract the contents by unzipping it.

Google now, packs in all the necessary and important files under the payload.bin file. Previously, you could directly extract the contents of the files but, thanks to the introduction of the Payload.bin, this isn’t the case anymore. You need to perform some additional tasks and run a script in order to extract the contents of the payload.bin file. Thanks to developer Gregory Monitor for creating the Payload Dumper Tool, you can now easily extract the contents of the Payload.bin file. So, without any further ado, let us get straight into the article itself

How to Extract Payload.bin using Payload Dumper Tool

What is a Payload.bin File?

The A/B (Seamless) System Updates by Google is the new update process that offers the updates to be installed seamlessly without rebooting the phone into the recovery mode. It also reduces post-OTA failures that could make the device unusable if not properly installed or have some issues with the OTA update file.

Now, advanced users or developers can easily extract the ‘Payload.bin’ file that includes the individual partition images to flash on their specific devices whatsoever.

Whereas using the Payload Dumper Tool will obviously help users to easily extract the Payload.bin file and its contents to get the specific stock boot image or boot partition files. This will help them to install Magisk and Root access on their devices or even flash the firmware file via the Fastboot Method quite easily.

Method 1: Download the Factory OTA (zip)

  • First of all, make sure to download the Factory OTA (zip) file for your specific device model and region from the respective website.
  • Once downloaded, you’ll need to follow the next method.

Method 2: Unzip the OTA file

Now, unzip the OTA file and get the Payload.bin file on your computer. This will include all the necessary fastboot flashable factory image files. Either you can keep it on a different folder or drive or even on the desktop for your ease.

Method 3: Install Python

  • Head over to the official Python website and download the latest version of it on the computer.
  • Double-click on the installer exe file > Select the Add Python x.x to PATH checkbox from the setup interface.
  • Then click on Install Now to start installing it. [You can select ‘Customize installation’ if you want]
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation method.

Method 4: Download the Payload Dumper Tool

  • Next, you’ll need to grab the Payload Dumper Tool by geminids14.
  • Then extract the file on the computer and move all of its files to the installed Python directory.
  • Make sure to move the Payload.bin file into the same installed Python directory.

Method 5: Open the Command Prompt in the Python folder

  • Go to the Python installation directory on your computer.
  • Now, press the Shift key + Right-click on the mouse to open up the context menu.
  • Here select Open PowerShell Window here from the list.
  • Next, you can head over to the final method below.

Method 6: Extract the Payload.bin file

  • So, just copy and paste the following command line and hit Enter to execute it:
python -m pip install -r requirements.txt
  • This step will download all the required dependencies that will come in handy for extracting the payload.bin file.

Please Note: Windows PowerShell users may have to add a period and a slash before entering certain commands (such as ./python -m pip install -r requirements.txt).

  • Now, copy and paste the following command line and hit Enter to extract the payload.bin file.
python payload_dumper.py payload.bin
  • Wait for the process to complete and have some patience.
  • Once done, all the system files will be extracted from the payload.bin file completely.
  • You’ll find out all the extracted files inside the installed Python directory in the name of the ‘Output’ folder.
  • Enjoy!

That’s it, guys. We assume you’ve found this guide helpful. For additional queries, you can comment below.

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