Root on the new official Nexus 4.3 firmares
Posted on 2013-07-24, 59 comments, 219 +1's, imported from Google+/Chainfire

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Great news everyone! The root I made for the SGS4's 4.3 leak works fine on the official Nexus 4.3 firmwares ( ). Tested on Nexus 10, no issues seen so far.

If you can't wait, see this older post of mine for the download:

I will be updating SuperSU and relevant CF-Auto-Root's hopefully somewhere in the next few days, but in the mean time, use the ZIP from the linked post - flash with TWRP.

[Chainfire - Google+ - Root for Galaxy S4's Google Edition 4.3 leak


Cédric Monféfoul commented on 2013-07-24 at 17:22:

Excellent ! Need Nexus 7 V2 now ^^

Chris Phenomenal commented on 2013-07-24 at 17:35:

Oh man. I need one for HTC One AT&T.

Audio commented on 2013-07-24 at 17:36:

What about the lte edition? Verizon in my case.

Bhargav Shukla commented on 2013-07-24 at 17:38:

I havent even finished downloading the image yet, and its already rooted!

Carlos Rodríguez commented on 2013-07-24 at 18:08:

I already tried before reading this and yes, it works! Although I'm not comfortable with the workaround of using script. I must add that I tried the plain 1.41 update zip and it didn't work, so I then used your zip for 4.3 leak.

Erik Quick commented on 2013-07-24 at 18:57:

Confirmed working on Nexus 7 WiFi (grouper).  Flashed through TWRP. Mil gracias +Chainfire !

Manuele Polverini commented on 2013-07-24 at 19:35:

For gnexus and nexus 4 nothing? Thanks

JD Davison commented on 2013-07-24 at 19:38:

Just clean installed JWR66V (Official 4.3) on Nexus 4 and this worked flawlessly unlike the others. Thank you +Chainfire 

Daniel Calzada commented on 2013-07-24 at 19:49:

what about those reports on high CPU usage? should be the same correct?

James Mason commented on 2013-07-24 at 19:57:

It's because of the obnoxious build properties that Google baked in (see a previous CF post):





Here's to hoping that our favorite ROM developers will put those back to "n"...

Michiel Scholten commented on 2013-07-24 at 20:13:

Seems to work on my Galaxy Nexus (takju). TiBackup says "insufficient space" when trying to do a backup though, so something is amiss (1.86GB free here)

Karan Rajpal commented on 2013-07-24 at 20:56:

Titanium doesn't seem to be working for me either. Just stuck at restoring. +Chainfire any ideas?

Michiel Scholten commented on 2013-07-24 at 21:11:

+Jason Bowers Thanks, it's working great now!

Michiel Scholten commented on 2013-07-24 at 21:12:

+Karan Rajpal Change the directory like in +Jason Bowers post

Karan Rajpal commented on 2013-07-24 at 21:13:

+Greg Freyenberger it worked! Appreciate it!

Marco Islas commented on 2013-07-24 at 21:45:

I'm having  a really hard time with  supersu and the Galaxy Nexus (JB4.3), the system gets constantly frozen  :-(

Afif Ashroff commented on 2013-07-24 at 22:10:

The zip is working fine on Nexus 4 :D

Stanislav Iliev commented on 2013-07-24 at 22:56:

My Galaxy Nexus is now very laggy and the battery gets hot quickly after boot.

Matteo Pirelli commented on 2013-07-24 at 22:59:

+Stanislav Iliev probably it's not fault of the rooting

Stanislav Iliev commented on 2013-07-24 at 23:03:

Well it happened after flashing. I'll unroot my nexus and I'll post results.

EDIT: Yep, SuperSU was the problem. I could barely use the phone while rooted.

Salvatore La Bua commented on 2013-07-24 at 23:13:

+Afif Ashroff how did you flash it? With 4.3 installed already on my Nexus 4 I seem I can't boot into TWRP (nor into CWM), the screen stays just black. Possibly a non yet compatible version with the new bootloader?

Chainfire commented on 2013-07-24 at 23:15:

+Marco Islas if you (or anybody else, +Stanislav Iliev ) can make a full CWM or TWRP backup of a phone seeing the high CPU issue (I've not seen it), for hardware I actually own, I'd be happy to look at it. My full device list is on XDA, but for Nexus it's Galaxy, 7, 10, but not 4.

It's likely a combination of some specific root app and an incompatibility in SuperSU's daemon ...

Matteo Pirelli commented on 2013-07-24 at 23:37:

Everything fine here, Gnex with stock factory image

Marco Islas commented on 2013-07-24 at 23:55:

+Chainfire Well, the apps that requested root access are "Launcher Pro", "SetCPU" and "BusyBox Free", no other app requested permission. There also may be some leftovers, I had previous version of supersu before the update and tried several times to get it to work until I got to this thread.

Kevin Theuma commented on 2013-07-24 at 23:59:

Not working for me: "There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. This is a problem!" Using CWM for Nexus 4.

Stanislav Iliev commented on 2013-07-25 at 00:28:

+Marco Islas +Chainfire I granted access to SetCPU too. Also I dirty flashed it instead of doing the normal wipe.

Walter Francis commented on 2013-07-25 at 00:32:

Not working on the Nexus 7 either apparently, not sure what it's doing, but it's not finding su.

Walter Francis commented on 2013-07-25 at 01:02:

Weird, a reboot later and it's working.  I don't know if it took two reboots, or it's going to be non-deterministic about working with this kludge to make it work now.  Thanks Google, wtf.

Artem Russakovskii commented on 2013-07-25 at 01:24:

Anybody else having trouble writing to /system while in Android 4.3? Even with adb remount executed. The weird part is I can rename files, but I can't copy. Not even to /data/local/. I'm using the SuperSU +Chainfire linked a few weeks back for 4.3 on the stock 4.3 N4.

I understand that SuperSU is working around the new /system restrictions, but why can I rename but not write?

Guido Ratti commented on 2013-07-25 at 02:06:

In having the same issue as +Kevin Theuma , installation is perfect, bit once I reboot the device superSU gives me the same error. Already reinstalled the zip bit no luck.

Using CWM for Nexus 4 as well.

Edit: Cause I have poor reading skills, I didn't follow chainfire's instructions and i didn't disabled the option to avoid system recovery when prompt. Just say "no" when rebooting after the zip install.

Camilo commented on 2013-07-25 at 02:43:

"There is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. This is a problem!". Using CWM on Galaxy Nexus.

Sandrine Marquis commented on 2013-07-25 at 02:45:

I have the same issue of +Guido Ratti and +Kevin Theuma but when installing supersu with CWM I'm not I'm not ask  to disabled the option to avoid system recovery... :S

Afif Ashroff commented on 2013-07-25 at 03:07:

+Salvatore La Bua Don't know. I just flash the recovery manually using fastboot. and also, I installed version 2.5 of TWRP. Didn't try it with CWM recovery though.

Lucio Daou commented on 2013-07-25 at 03:19:

Same thing as +Camilo Moreira , +Kevin Theuma  and +Guido Ratti.

Doesn't work with CWM neither TWRP

Strange thing that sometimes after flashing the SU, I keep getting SetDNS root notifications, but the app doesn't work - DNS is not changed.

Camilo commented on 2013-07-25 at 03:21:

Try this with TWRP:

  1. reboot recovery

  2. wipe cache/dalvik

3.flash the SuperSU zip

  1. wipe cache/dalvik again

  2. fix permission

Here works.

Camilo commented on 2013-07-25 at 03:24:

+Lucio Daou . Wait. All root permissions are working but SuperSU isn't.

Lucio Daou commented on 2013-07-25 at 03:29:

Here nothing works.

I tried to reflash, seemed to work, but all of a sudden SuperSu app freezes, as any app trying to gain root privileges.

Charles Troster commented on 2013-07-25 at 04:34:

Galaxy Nexus: it works for apps like Root Explorer. Titanium Backup requests root and succeeds according to SuperSU, but then complains it couldn't acquire root.

Gandharv Goyal commented on 2013-07-25 at 05:07:

Nexus 4: working perfectly fine now. Wasn't working earlier.

All I did was choose NO when cwm asks for disabling recovery flash after Supersu zip has been installed and you rebbot the system.

Working fine with titanium as well.

Bryson Hill II commented on 2013-07-25 at 05:30:

+Jorge Ayon there are two out right now. Check +Droid Life for one and +xda-developers for another.

Rishabh Singh commented on 2013-07-25 at 05:30:

It worked initially on my N4. Then after a reboot, ""There is on SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. This is a problem!" I tried reflashing with CWM and TWRP. TWRP doesn't ask me to fix SU permissions. Same error after boot. Any ideas?

Markus Menczel commented on 2013-07-25 at 06:07:

man, you're damn fast. good job

Kevin Theuma commented on 2013-07-25 at 06:30:

I found out why it was not working for me. I was using the standard SuperSU release. You can find a link to the customized release in Chainfire's instructions. Install that one and you will be asked to disable recovery flash. Select no and restart. Works perfect now. Thanks :)

Thach commented on 2013-07-25 at 07:07:

same here like +Rishabh Singh, Nexus 4, official ROM 4.3 today, CWM, ===>  ""There is on SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it. This is a problem!"

Bryson Hill II commented on 2013-07-25 at 07:07:

Won't even show in App drawer.

Gandharv Goyal commented on 2013-07-25 at 07:23:

+Rishabh Singh try cwm... The option to choose comes when you go back and select the reboot option within cwm ... PS m using the latest version of cwm

Chainfire commented on 2013-07-25 at 07:31:

If you have the "stutters", I need a full list of all root apps you have installed ...

Bryson Hill II commented on 2013-07-25 at 08:03:

+Laurent Dinclaux I did the same as you. Now it's time for me to get some sleep lol

Stefania Poggi commented on 2013-07-25 at 08:38:

It's possible that the root is still not perfect with the .zip? I have a Gnexus 4.3 unlocked and I rooted using TRWP and your .zip. All is right but titanium backup. When I try to backup apps says he is doing it but in the folder there is only little file. If I install the pro version and try to backup it says that there's insufficient free storage....

Stefania Poggi commented on 2013-07-25 at 08:57:

Thank you! that did the trick!!!! And now I can enjoy my 4.3. One last question: if i want to restore the data of some games I have to put the old backup in legacy to or is definetly a bad idea?

Bryson Hill II commented on 2013-07-25 at 09:11:

+Stefania Poggi personally, I don't use Titanium Backup to back up data, so I wouldn't be able to answer the question (sorry). I would try using Helium to back up game data. 

Stefania Poggi commented on 2013-07-25 at 09:21:

Ok thank you very much!

Fitzelgard Misledz commented on 2013-07-25 at 10:43:

On the N4 it works but it drains the battery ridiculously fast due to the daemonsu

Johnny Kat commented on 2013-07-25 at 13:47:

If your zip flashed sepertly it can work...but why we can't make it work with a flashable rom zip?we create a bootable n4 4.3 zip but your su binary can't be found we have to reflash your zip again!!

Félix Antonio Gutiérrez Santolino commented on 2013-07-25 at 14:39:

Working nicely on my Galaxy Nexus. Every root app (even TB) working fine, thanks +Chainfire 

Mark Gillespie commented on 2013-07-25 at 16:13:

Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 working just fine.

Had to do some funky stuff to get TWRP to boot after upgrading to Android 4.3, as something changed in the bootloader, there is a thread on XDA about how to do this.

Goran Galic commented on 2013-07-25 at 16:38:

Flashed the 4.3 OTA on my GNex (yakju), tried installing the 4.3 leak SuperSU zip from CWM and from TWRP, either way it says "Cant find SU binary" after restart, any solution?

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