[GUIDE] How to enter developer mode on 2017 Honda Civic (and now root & install apps)

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codeage

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[GUIDE] How to enter developer mode on 2017 Honda Civic (and now root & install apps)

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Honda has changed the password to enter the developer mode in new vehicle models so the old method described in this thread may not work any longer. If you have difficulty entering the developer mode or do not have a laptop, you may consider trying the new web based installation (paid service). The new method supports almost all Honda vehicles including Civic, CR-V, Accord, Pilot, Ridgeline and Clarity. For more information please refer to: http://autohack.org.

:D:D:D

======================
Updated 2020.10.02
Display compass and rich vehicle information in the instrument cluster. Display advanced turn-by-turn directions while using Waze. Try it now (for Civic and CR-V only): http://autohack.org/test.
:p
civic_advance_meter_navi.jpg

======================
Updated 2020.03.08
Support playing FLAC lossless audio directly in the factory USB audio player (for Civic & CR-V only).
:p

======================
Updated 2019.06.22
Open rear camera by one click.
Real-time monitoring of battery voltage with voice alarm.
Seat belt voice alarm.
Show CPU usage, battery voltage in the status bar.



======================
Updated 2018.09.14
New test version: display turn-by-turn navigation directions in the instrument cluster, in conjunction with Waze.



======================
Updated 2018.01.14
A totally new One Click Root tool (Windows GUI version) and Honda Hack app were released. With the help of Honda Hack app, we can install apps without a laptop. What's more, we can enable the steering wheel audio controls, save offline maps and songs to the external USB drive now.


======================
Updated 2017.09.27
Finally I solved the auto reboot problem while remounting the system partition. Enjoy it!!!


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Updated 2017.06.26
Now we can root the head unit and install apps. Below are the detailed steps, please use at your own risk.


Detailed steps:
1. Enter developer mode and enable USB debugging.
  • Go to HOME > Settings > System > Detail information.
  • In the Android Settings window, click About.
  • Click the Build Number seven times exactly.
  • Now you will see the Please enter a passcord prompt.
  • Click the top 4 items in order 1, 4, 2, 3 and you should unlock the developer mode.
  • Go into Android Settings > Developer options and enable USB debugging.
civic-1.jpg civic-2.jpg civic-3.jpg civic-4.jpg
2. Change the USB role of the head unit from Host to Device.
  • Press the power, menu, and brightness button at once, and hold until you enter a new menu with two options.
  • Click the bottom option called Detail Information & Settings.
  • Now hold the MENU key to enter another menu.
  • Then Hold the HOME key to enter the last menu. You should first hear two consecutive beeps and then one final beep.
  • Lastly, change the role of USB Port from Host to Device.
  • Now connect your laptop to the front Android Auto/CarPlay Port using the USB A to A cable.
3. Run the One Click Root
  • Disable your anti-virus and/or anti-malware programs before continue.
  • Download the root tool: HondaHack.zip
  • Extract HondaHack.exe from the ZIP file.
  • Run HondaHack.exe and it should connect to the head unit automatically. Android ADB USB Driver should be installed automatically in the meanwhile.
  • Click the ROOT button and wait for the processing to complete.
  • After the head unit is rebooted, you should see Honda Installer in the app list. Honda Installer was installed as a system app so you will not lose it after a factory resetting.
  • Open Honda Hack and click Install an app to install apk files you saved in the internal sdcard or external USB drive.
4. You can also Install Honda Hack if you would like to have more powerful features including:
  • Install apps without a laptop.
  • Bypass parking brake.
  • Enable steering wheel controls for civic & accord.
  • Force landscape mode so apps such as Spotify will display properly.
  • Enable write access to the external USB storage (pro only).
  • Auto click the OK button at startup (pro only).
  • Auto run app at startup (pro only).

5. Change the USB role of the head unit from Device to Host.
  • Do this just like the reverse action in step 2, otherwise the USB port will lose its charging capacity and CarPlay / Android Auto will stop working.

Download Honda Hack: HondaHack.apk

If you do not like the GUI version, you can still download the original command-line version from GitHub: https://github.com/codeage/root-honda


Some files and scripts were obtained from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/guide-how-to-gain-root-shell-2016-honda-t3487644 and all credit goes to @jersacct.
 

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josby

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I tried this this morning on my 2016 Civic and it works!

Port 5000 is open for adb on my Civic. Not sure if the port is different on a Pilot or not, but it's different than the standard adb port (5555). I found it by running an nmap scan of my headunit's IP.

Unfortunately even after I enabled Developer mode on my HU, my adb does the same thing it did before. That is, I can adb connect to port 5000 on my HU's IP, but when I do "adb devices", it shows the device there but "offline".

My expectation was that once Developer mode was enabled, connecting via adb would bring up a prompt on the HU asking if I wanted to authorize that remote device.

However, I was doing the adb connection from my PC inside my house, then running out to my garage to check the screen. So maybe I just didn't get there in time to see it. I'm going to try it again from my laptop sitting in my car tonight when I have more time to mess with it.
 
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codeage

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I tried this this morning on my 2016 Civic and it works!

Port 5000 is open for adb on my Civic. Not sure if the port is different on a Pilot or not, but it's different than the standard adb port (5500). I found it by running an nmap scan of my headunit's IP.

Unfortunately even after I enabled Developer mode on my HU, my adb does the same thing it did before. That is, I can adb connect to port 5000 on my HU's IP, but when I do "adb devices", it shows the device there but "offline".

My expectation was that once Developer mode was enabled, connecting via adb would bring up a prompt on the HU asking if I wanted to authorize that remote device.

However, I was doing the adb connection from my PC inside my house, then running out to my garage to check the screen. So maybe I just didn't get there in time to see it. I'm going to try it again from my laptop sitting in my car tonight when I have more time to mess with it.

Yes, same problem here. I think port 5000 is not for adb but some other service from Honda.
 

josby

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Richmond, VA
Yes, same problem here. I think port 5000 is not for adb but some other service from Honda.

I hadn't considered that. You might be right. I tried connecting adb on my PC to another computer of mine on a port number that I know for sure isn't an adb listener, and it gives that same behavior of just showing that device is "offline".

But, everything I've read indicates you can't connect with adb over wifi until you first connect with USB and authorize the instance of adb on that computer to connect to the device. So I think that could also be the reason we can't get anywhere on port 5000.

I don't have a TypeA-to-TypeA USB cable to try connecting to the car's USB ports with though.
 

OldAmber

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I tried using the same root method but it looks like our Factory_reset.sh is not located in the same directory, all the files pushed through successfully though.
 
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codeage

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Post for OldAmber since his account is new

I was able to establish an adb connection through usb by changing the role to Device. Here's a video just showing it off and a picture just to show I did have shell access.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nJuMShXW0o

and a pic just show I did have shell access.
http://imgur.com/a/8K8cy

His build number is 1.F186.69
Glad to know this. I've already tried this but does not work. Maybe I got a bad cable? I will try again later. :laugh:
 

Kurian8

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I tried pulling that file, but it says it does not exist. This might be because I don't have root. And I have not yet tried the psneuter method, but I don't think that would work since I can't install apks as it is.

I hope at end of week starting doing own tests. First iI'm going to try psneuter and dortyc0w. To test psneuter You don't need install any apks. Just put file to temp directory /data/local/tmp/, lunch shell (adb shell) and change rights to 777 and next try to execute it.
 

OldAmber

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I hope at end of week starting doing own tests. First iI'm going to try psneuter and dortyc0w. To test psneuter You don't need install any apks. Just put file to temp directory /data/local/tmp/, lunch shell (adb shell) and change rights to 777 and next try to execute it.

Just tried it out and had no luck. I got the following error
Code:
255|[email protected]:/ $ cd /data/local/tmp
[email protected]:/data/local/tmp $ chmod 777 psneuter
[email protected]:/data/local/tmp $ ./psneuter
Failed to set prot mask (Inappropriate ioctl for device)
 

codeage

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There's no file whitelist.xml in /data/system/, but I found another file named packages.xml there. I also found the shell script /system/custom/bin/auto_install.sh references to this xml file so I think it is the correct whitelist file. The file packages.xml is readable by root users only so I can not pull it now.

packages.jpg
auto_install.jpg

There's no file factory_reset.sh in /system/etc, so I tried to use dirtycow to overwrite another small shell script file /system/bin/mount_debugfs.sh and got the following output:

Code:
$ adb shell '/data/local/tmp/rootme/dirtycow /system/bin/mount_debugfs.sh /data/local/tmp/rootme/factory_reset_mod.sh'

dirtycow.jpg

But the file /system/bin/mount_debugfs.sh was not changed after the exploiting. Maybe the dirtycow vulnerability has been patched already in this kernel? :confused:
 
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Kurian8

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Very nice ;) another steps ahead ;)

Possible it's syntax mistake? Before second file name You missed trailing / in path
Can You try it again:
Code:
$ adb shell '/data/local/tmp/rootme/dirtycow /system/bin/mount_debugfs.sh [COLOR="Red"]/[/COLOR]data/local/tmp/rootme/factory_reset_mod.sh'
 
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    [GUIDE] How to enter developer mode on 2017 Honda Civic (and now root & install apps)

    ======================

    Sticky
    Honda has changed the password to enter the developer mode in new vehicle models so the old method described in this thread may not work any longer. If you have difficulty entering the developer mode or do not have a laptop, you may consider trying the new web based installation (paid service). The new method supports almost all Honda vehicles including Civic, CR-V, Accord, Pilot, Ridgeline and Clarity. For more information please refer to: http://autohack.org.

    :D:D:D

    ======================
    Updated 2020.10.02
    Display compass and rich vehicle information in the instrument cluster. Display advanced turn-by-turn directions while using Waze. Try it now (for Civic and CR-V only): http://autohack.org/test.
    :p
    civic_advance_meter_navi.jpg

    ======================
    Updated 2020.03.08
    Support playing FLAC lossless audio directly in the factory USB audio player (for Civic & CR-V only).
    :p

    ======================
    Updated 2019.06.22
    Open rear camera by one click.
    Real-time monitoring of battery voltage with voice alarm.
    Seat belt voice alarm.
    Show CPU usage, battery voltage in the status bar.



    ======================
    Updated 2018.09.14
    New test version: display turn-by-turn navigation directions in the instrument cluster, in conjunction with Waze.



    ======================
    Updated 2018.01.14
    A totally new One Click Root tool (Windows GUI version) and Honda Hack app were released. With the help of Honda Hack app, we can install apps without a laptop. What's more, we can enable the steering wheel audio controls, save offline maps and songs to the external USB drive now.


    ======================
    Updated 2017.09.27
    Finally I solved the auto reboot problem while remounting the system partition. Enjoy it!!!


    ======================
    Updated 2017.06.26
    Now we can root the head unit and install apps. Below are the detailed steps, please use at your own risk.


    Detailed steps:
    1. Enter developer mode and enable USB debugging.
    • Go to HOME > Settings > System > Detail information.
    • In the Android Settings window, click About.
    • Click the Build Number seven times exactly.
    • Now you will see the Please enter a passcord prompt.
    • Click the top 4 items in order 1, 4, 2, 3 and you should unlock the developer mode.
    • Go into Android Settings > Developer options and enable USB debugging.
    civic-1.jpg civic-2.jpg civic-3.jpg civic-4.jpg
    2. Change the USB role of the head unit from Host to Device.
    • Press the power, menu, and brightness button at once, and hold until you enter a new menu with two options.
    • Click the bottom option called Detail Information & Settings.
    • Now hold the MENU key to enter another menu.
    • Then Hold the HOME key to enter the last menu. You should first hear two consecutive beeps and then one final beep.
    • Lastly, change the role of USB Port from Host to Device.
    • Now connect your laptop to the front Android Auto/CarPlay Port using the USB A to A cable.
    3. Run the One Click Root
    • Disable your anti-virus and/or anti-malware programs before continue.
    • Download the root tool: HondaHack.zip
    • Extract HondaHack.exe from the ZIP file.
    • Run HondaHack.exe and it should connect to the head unit automatically. Android ADB USB Driver should be installed automatically in the meanwhile.
    • Click the ROOT button and wait for the processing to complete.
    • After the head unit is rebooted, you should see Honda Installer in the app list. Honda Installer was installed as a system app so you will not lose it after a factory resetting.
    • Open Honda Hack and click Install an app to install apk files you saved in the internal sdcard or external USB drive.
    4. You can also Install Honda Hack if you would like to have more powerful features including:
    • Install apps without a laptop.
    • Bypass parking brake.
    • Enable steering wheel controls for civic & accord.
    • Force landscape mode so apps such as Spotify will display properly.
    • Enable write access to the external USB storage (pro only).
    • Auto click the OK button at startup (pro only).
    • Auto run app at startup (pro only).

    5. Change the USB role of the head unit from Device to Host.
    • Do this just like the reverse action in step 2, otherwise the USB port will lose its charging capacity and CarPlay / Android Auto will stop working.

    Download Honda Hack: HondaHack.apk

    If you do not like the GUI version, you can still download the original command-line version from GitHub: https://github.com/codeage/root-honda


    Some files and scripts were obtained from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/guide-how-to-gain-root-shell-2016-honda-t3487644 and all credit goes to @jersacct.
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    @codeage

    These are all my edits. I thought I would share them with you and the community. I'm sure you could integrate all the build.prop additions in your installer. I think if you dig around you will be able to script all of the things kernel adiutor is doing with a 5 second delay after boot. Then there would be no need for the app anymore. I hope this helps to make a more fluid experiance for all.


    (Edit build.prop) (located in root/system/)
    (Only use root explorer)(it is the easiest method because you cannot alter or delete values with kernel adiutor)
    (Long press on the file, then hit menu and select open in text editor)

    (Add these lines exactly as posted bottom or end of the file)

    ro.HOME_APP_ADJ=1
    net.tcp.buffersize.default=4096,87380,256960,4096,16384,256960
    net.tcp.buffersize.wifi=4096,87380,256960,4096,16384,256960
    ro.config.hw_quickpoweron=true
    windowsmgr.max_events_per_sec=150
    ro.min_pointer_dur=8
    ro.max.fling_velocity=12000
    ro.min.fling_velocity=8000
    persist.sys.scrollingcache=3
    debug.sf.hw=1
    debug.performance.tuning=1
    video.accelerate.hw=1
    debug.egl.profiler=1
    debug.egl.hw=1
    debug.composition.type=gpu
    media.stagefright.enable-player=true
    media.stagefright.enable-meta=true
    media.stagefright.enable-scan=true
    media.stagefright.enable-http=true
    media.stagefright.enable-rtsp=true
    media.stagefright.enable-record=false

    (Alter this value)

    (From)

    dalvik.vm.dexopt-flags=m=y

    (To)

    dalvik.vm.dexopt-flags=m=v,o=y

    (After inputting and altering press menu then save, then press menu then save and exit. You will see that root explorer made a file named build.bak this is your original build prop that they changed the extension on. If you wanted to revert back you could rename the extension to .prop and replace the modded one)(you would also need to make sure the permissions were the same after renaming build.bak to build.prop if going back)
    (After completion reboot your device for the new build prop to take effect)

    (Now for kernel adiutor app - download from Google play on your car) (make sure to tick apply on boot to all things)

    1.) Go to CPU and change cpu governor to Userspace (helps so reduse wear on system)

    2.) Go to thermal and turn thermald on (prevents cpu overheating)

    3.) Go to i/0 and change external storage read ahead to 1024 (makes external storage load faster)

    4.) Go to low memory killer use slider to adjust settings:

    Forground Applications = 18
    Visible Applications = 22
    Secondary Server = 32
    Hidden Applications = 101
    Content Providers = 139
    Empty Applications = 149

    5.) Go to entropy and adjust both read and write values to 256 (this is how much is preloaded for memory so the system doesn't bind)

    6.) Go to misc and change your host name to something shorter (I renamed mine "Car") (Shorter names typically connect up faster)

    7.) Go to settings and change apply duration to 5 seconds after boot.

    ( * I take no credit if you kill your dog or burn your house down. These settings work fine for me and I am willing to risk my edits, it's your choice to do this or not. I am not accountable for anyone elses actions. I hope this helps the community here * )


    * Ps if owners do not know, long pressing the home button will access recent apps so you can close running apps or switch between them easier.

    Pss also using a 2018 civic ex hatchback
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    DSP Flat!!!

    Hello all,

    DSP Flat / EQ Off can be achieved, easily!

    Attached here is the stand alone apk made with Tasker. Simply install the apk, allow root permissions, and let it run. This changes DSP to Flat / Eq Off. You'll have to run the program every time you start the car, I have a shortcut on my home screen.

    Thanks to @panchox for the initial logcat finding. I tried all kinds of stuff with kmod ect. and found this was the simplest solution. This apk is just like the video @shinemonmond posted but, I made it myself because I got sick of waiting for others to post this.

    With out further delay here it is, may your ears rejoice!

    Leave me a thanks thumbs up if this has helped you.

    Cheers!
    8
    Honda Hack 5.0 released!

    ===== What's new =====
    1. Open rear camera by one click.
    2. Real-time monitoring of battery voltage with voice alarm.
    3. Seat belt voice alarm.
    4. Show CPU usage, battery voltage in the status bar.

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    Can you please post a link to the official version, or at least one you think will work?

    Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk


    I’ve uploaded the latest official version to http://autohack.org/apk.
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