.TAR.MD5 File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .TAR.MD5 extension:

Android System File

Android System File

File used by firmware update and kernel flashing applications like Odin and Heimdall for Samsung Android devices; contains a .TAR archive that has been verified with an MD5 checksum; the TAR file contains firmware and other system data, while the .MD5 extension verifies that no data is corrupted.

TAR.MD5 files are used by Odin to flash, or overwrite, firmware to Samsung Android mobile devices in order to personalize them.

In order to select your TAR.MD5 file in Odin, click PDA, navigate to your TAR.MD5 file, and click Open. You will then be able to flash your firmware on your device by clicking Start under "Execution."

NOTE: Mobile Odin currently supports the following devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S, S2, S3, and S4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2, 3, 8.0, and 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Samsung Galaxy 5
  • Google Galaxy Nexus
Software's name License Platforms
Chainfire Mobile Odin Pro Chainfire Mobile Odin Pro Paid Android
Glass Echidna Heimdall Glass Echidna Heimdall Free LinuxMacWindows
Google Android Google Android Included Android
Motorola RSD Lite Motorola RSD Lite Windows
Odin Odin Free Windows

Updated: October 11, 2013

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