Compiling Cyanogenmod for the Desire (bravo)

These instructions have been copied from the Cyanogenmod Wiki, titled “How to compile CyanogenMod for Bravo (HTC Desire)”

This how-to was written for Ubuntu 10.04 & Ubuntu 10.10BravoCyanogenMod 7.x (Gingerbread), on 2 February 2010.



Prepare the Build Environment

NOTE: You only need to do these steps the first time you build. If you previously prepared your build environment, skip to Copy proprietary files.

Install the ADB

Install the Android SDK.

Install the Build Packages

Install using the package manager of your choice:

For 32-bit & 64-bit systems:

git-core gnupg flex bison gperf libsdl1.2-dev libesd0-dev libwxgtk2.6-dev squashfs-tools build-essential zip curl libncurses5-dev zlib1g-dev sun-java6-jdk pngcrush schedtool[/code]

For 64-bit only systems:

g++-multilib lib32z1-dev lib32ncurses5-dev lib32readline5-dev gcc-4.3-multilib g++-4.3-multilib[/code]


gcc-4.3-multilib g++-4.3-multilib[/code]
is no longer available for Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit, but should still build without issue.

On Ubuntu 10.10, and variants, you need to enable the parter repository to install sun-java6-jdk:

add-apt-repository "deb maverick partner"[/code]

Of course in an ssh environment without root access you'd have to compile required packages by yourself!

Create the Directories

You will need to set up some directories in your build environment.

To create them:

mkdir -p ~/bin[/code]

mkdir -p ~/android/system[/code]

Install the Repository

Enter the following to download make executable the "repo" binary:

curl > ~/bin/repo[/code]

chmod a+x ~/bin/repo[/code]


You may need to reboot for these changes to take effect.

Now enter the following to initialize the repository:

cd ~/android/system/[/code]

repo init -u git:// -b gingerbread
repo sync -j16[/code]

Copy proprietary files


This only needs done the first time you build. If you have already done these steps, you may skip to Download RomManager.

You will need to have a Bravo with a working copy of CyanogenMod install and ADB working on the computer. This script will copy the proprietary files from the device.

Connect the device to the computer and ensure that ADB is working properly.

cd ~/android/system/device/htc/bravo/[/code]


NOTE: If some hardware isn't working, like camcorder or FM radio, you will need to find the updated prop blobs.

Download RomManager


This only needs to be done when an update to RomManager is released. If you are-up-to date, you may skip to Building CyanogenMod.

Download RomManager which is needed by the build:


Building CyanogenMod

Check for updates

First, check for updates in the source:

cd ~/android/system/[/code]

repo sync[/code]

Configure Build & Compile

Now, the environment must be configured to build and the ROM compiled, from code, for the Bravo.

. build/
brunch bravo[/code]


  1. Copy your .zip file from ~/android/system/out/target/product/bravo/ to the root of the SD card.
    Optional: Download Google Apps for CyanogenMod 7 and place it on the root of the SD card.
  2. Flash both of these .zip files from recovery.


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