Android Kernel Download

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Main Google Android Kernels

The main Google repository with Android source code is at:

There are (as of September 2009) 4 main separate kernel repositories at that site:

  • common
  • experimental
  • msm
  • omap

To download one of these and use it directly, you can use git. For example:

git clone git:// kernel

To preserve your sanity, it's probably worth downloading this into a 'kernel' directory in your overall Android source directory scheme

To add one of these to your overall Android repository scheme, you add the appropriate kernel repository to your local_manifest.xml file. (???)

Note that when you download the rest of the Android source code, using the 'repo' command, you do NOT automatically get a kernel tree included. (That is, a kernel git tree is not referenced in the default Android manifest file, when you use repo following the instructions at

For more about repo, see

Other Repositories with Android-specific changes

'Raw' Android kernel patches

I do not know of any freely available patches for the Linux kernel with the Android fixes, as of November 2009. I have, however, heard of multiple efforts to extract the patches to make it easier to port the Android kernel features onto newer Linux kernels.

Here is a way of extracting raw Android patches at a certain point in time, though this may be dated:

git clone git:// android-kernel
cd android-kernel
git checkout --track -b android-2.6.32 origin/android-2.6.32
git fetch --tags git://
git shortlog v2.6.32.9..HEAD

Sum total 166 patches.

If anyone knows where raw android kernel patches are available, please add a link here. See also the Android Kernel Features page for more information about individual kernel features.