The easy availability of the stock firmwares of Samsung devices is one of the good things about Samsung. Even the methods are much easier to flash stock firmwares on any device. It gives confidence to its users to take little risks of flashing a CF-Root kernels or a custom recovery. Because it is understood that just in case if anything goes wrong, you will be able to go back by restoring the stock firmware in order to fix any kind of major or minor issues.
Most of the Android devices have a Bootloader Mode with other useful options like Fastboot and Recovery encapsulated into a single touch interface. Samsung Galaxy devices behaviour is bit different as you have to follow the different hardware key combinations in order to boot your device into the Download/Odin and Recovery modes.
Anyone who own a Samsung smartphone or tablet then he must be familiar with the Odin tool. Odin is one of the favourite tool among Android users and developers. It can detect your device while your device is in Download Mode and it is capable to flash files of different extensions like .tar or .tar.md5.
The Odin tool we use is basically the leaked version of the official tool developed by Samsung for company’s service centers. But now most the Samsung users need to use it at some point for different purposes.
Samsung’s Odin tool is compatible with Windows based PC’s only. But if you want to use it on a Mac or Linux machines then you can use Heimdall or the Java version of the same tool.
Download Odin Tool
Odin comes in different versions because the success rate of the flashing files with Odin may differs and according to the Odin versions. So you must follow the tutorial instructions and always use the recommended version of Odin.
Firmware Flashing Tools for Mac and Linux
Following are the tools for Mac and Linux machines to flash stock firmwares, CF-Root packages and other .tar files.