Builduntu Install Disc – Android Development OS

UPDATED 04/29/2016 – Builduntu v2 BETA based on Xubuntu 16.04 LTS available! See Downloads

If you prefer a ready-to-go Virtual Machine (ready for Windows, OSX, and Linux) check out BuilduntuVM here!

Builduntu is a custom branch of the Ubuntu operating system, based on my guide for preparing Ubuntu 14.04 to compile Android ROMs from source. It includes everything you need to sync with the repository of your choice (Cyanogenmod, AOKP, AOSP, etc) and start building.

I am not responsible for any loss you may incur on your system/files while trying to install Builduntu. This has been tested and verified working by me (and countless other people) so if you break Windows or your system won’t boot, it’s your fault.

This thread is not the place to ask how to install Linux or Dual Boot!!! These topics are well documented elsewhere and can be easily found in a few seconds on Google.

Thanks to Canonical for Ubuntu, Google for Android and me for figuring this out.

– Xubuntu 14.04 base system
– Installed all necessary packages for compiling (list available in the guide link above)
– Unnecessary junk removed (media players, games etc.)

All you have to do is download the source!

The only requirement is that your machine supports a 64 bit OS. 32 bit systems will not work!


1. Use your favorite image burning software to write the newest Builduntu ISO to a blank DVD. Will not fit on a CD
2. Boot the disc. When the graphical installer starts, click “Install Xubuntu”
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to select language, username, etc. * Note * When setting up partitions, I recommend doing it yourself if you know how. If not, that’s fine, let Ubuntu decide for you.
4. When the installation finishes, reboot and eject the installation media.
5. Sync your repositories:

~ A program called “repo” lets you communicate with git servers and download source code. The next command will install it:

mkdir ~/bin && curl > ~/bin/repo && chmod a+x ~/bin/repo

~ Use nano to edit ~/.bashrc

nano ~/.bashrc

~ At the very bottom (use the Page Down key) paste this code to a new (empty) line:

export PATH=~/bin:$PATH
export USE_CCACHE=1

~ Save it. In nano that would be Ctrl-O and then Enter. Then Ctrl-X to exit back to a prompt. Restart bash:

source ~/.bashrc

~ In the terminal, navigate to where you would like to download the Android source code. The command below will make it in your home folder, but if you have limited space you may want to create it somewhere else. Faster is better, i.e. SSD would be best, USB external is basically unusable.

mkdir ~/android
cd ~/android

~ Set up git and

git config --global "your name"
git config --global ""

~ Now to initialize the repo. Decide the flavor of Android to build, i.e. AOKP, CyanogenMod, AOSP etc.

For the purposes of the tutorial, here’s the command for CyanogenMod 13:

repo init -u git:// -b cm-13.0
repo sync

When that is finished downloading, you’re ready to start compiling ROMs!



builduntu v1.2 ISO


builduntuiso.torrent (1135 downloads)


via MediaFire

builduntuiso.mediafire (1378 downloads)



builduntuiso.mega (1214 downloads)


md5sum: c8276394f3d19229298f88bda2923e12


builduntu v2 BETA ISO


builduntu.v2.iso.torrent (515 downloads)


via Google Drive (1325 downloads)

md5sum: 7807faceb623bfa7144f0d80dadef111

Let me know how it works for you!

If you appreciate my hard work, feel free to buy me a coconut water (donate). It would be greatly appreciated!


v1.0 - First Release Mar 05 2014
v1.1 - Rebuilt from scratch
v1.2 - 4/20 release - Updated to 14.04 LTS Official
v2.0 - Updated to 16.04 LTS with OpenJDK 8 for Android M

  33 comments for “Builduntu Install Disc – Android Development OS

  1. boez
    March 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Excellent. Imported into vmplayer and after a long wait to download the source it worked first time. Very quick and easy way into ROM building.

  2. April 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    How did you import it? I keep getting errors saying it’s not compatible when I try to start the vm

    • sylentprofet
      June 7, 2014 at 3:40 am

      What VM client are you using? I need a little more info to help.

  3. Zenzr
    June 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Wonderful. I’ve set up build environments before, this is MUCH easier to use. Thank you!

  4. Gandolff
    September 24, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Use a different wed site for us to download from mediafire sucks, no download speed whatsoever. Been downloading this file for 24 hours and haven’t reached 45%. Deleting.

    • September 24, 2014 at 7:37 am

      There’s a torrent link, and I added a mirror. Are there any other recommended file drop places out there?

      • Richard
        September 24, 2014 at 10:09 am

        Thank you

  5. October 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Just a suggestion, add web seeds to the torrent to help speed downloading via the torrent, as described here: .

    • October 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Thanks! I’ll look into it. The surge in interest was unexpected, I’ve been more or less solo-seeding for the last year. I recently transitioned from a free blog to a hosted system, so I’m looking into different options for file distribution.

  6. Rayures
    November 7, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Hi Nathan, thanks for builduntu. Love it. Syncing AOSP as i write this.

    Used the mediafire download, delivered a steady 1.8MB/s download (Mega needed a extra browser plugin, and the torrent was not going fast enough (100KB/s)).

  7. Tyler
    December 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Nathan! Will this be updated to match the VM version? I would definitely love to recommend this to users completely new to the building experience that don’t want to use the VM version.

    • December 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, now that I’ve updated and tested the VM. Seems like it gets about 3x the activity (vs the ISO) so it takes priority.

      I’m going to try a new method for customizing the image, stay posted for an update coming soon. Thanks for the positive feedback!

  8. January 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    FYI, the VM Appliance page seems to be down ( getting 404 Error.

    Every time we have someone express interest in building Android from source, we direct them to Builduntu. Simply the easiest way to hop into the Android Development pool!

    • January 4, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Fixed. Thanks for the heads up! I updated the permalink with BuilduntuVM v1.5 and forgot to update this cross-link.

      I appreciate the support. Feel free to message me if you have any ideas for improvements. I’m always interested to know how people are using the tool, what issues they run into, successes, etc.

      Have a good one!

  9. Jay
    January 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Hi, just wondering if you had any news regarding an updated version of the iso to the same version as VM 1.5?

    • February 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I’ve been working on a new method of building the disc, but running into some random issues here and there. Much has changed starting with Ubuntu 14.04. Many of the old tools stopped working, and the documentation is haphazard at best.

      I think I’ve almost got it, stay posted this next week or so. Been very busy starting back to university two weeks ago. Thanks for the interest!

      • Eric
        December 12, 2015 at 12:31 am

        Still waiting for the ISO! And by the way, if I am running 14.04, how do I upgrade to the new ISO? Thanks!

        • December 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm

          I’ll work on an update when the 16.04 Long Term Support edition comes out.

          There have been some quirks with the 15’s, it seems to be a transitional period for Ubuntu in general. The new kernel will provide some definite performance gains.

          Stay tuned! If there is enough interest I may work on a beta release before official.

          • MeenKaran
            February 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm

            Looking forward for the release. Thanks for you work on some of the other things in this site.. Really helped me with starting to build for android.

  10. User
    May 9, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Any update please?

  11. KaoTD
    April 11, 2016 at 8:55 am

    can you share apt-get install package command which you installed in your VM?

  12. rohit
    May 26, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Is it possible to build lollipop rom on openjdk8??? I want use a virtual box vm which one is more apt for it iso or ova??

    • May 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      I hear it’s possible with mixed results. Depending on what ROM (CM13, AOSP etc) they may have an experimental build flag to enable OpenJDK8 compatibility. Try Google.

      • rohit
        May 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm

        V1.2 have jdk7 ??…i want to build a lollipop rom thats why …i saw v1.6 have jdk7 but there is not v1.6 for iso….??..anyway thanks for your quick reply

  13. MLT
    August 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you very much! Very useful.

    Just two comments:
    1. No need for sudo on nano ~/.bashrc
    2. The repo init command fails because git asks me to set up and

    • August 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      1. That’s correct, thanks! Made the changes to OP.

      2. I’ll add the directions to setup user name and email.

      I appreciate the support, thanks for the kind words!

  14. Pritam dutta
    January 23, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Please help. I downloaded builduntu live os but unsable to boot with it. I suppose there is something wrong in burning the iso. It will be helpful if You tell me process of burning the iso in windows or atleast tell me which burning software I should use.

  15. Chris
    August 15, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Are these not bootable from USB? I have tried multiple sticks and programs (unetbootin Rufus USB image writer from my Linux install) I just get a “missing operating system” message.

  16. Filip
    August 27, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Quick question: Who uploaded the file to Mediafire?
    Also are u from Bosnia?

  17. Yu
    September 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Hello, I’ve recently done the installation of Builduntu on VM as per your instruction! I downloaded the source and It went fine until the next time it dint boot in the VM at all.
    Take a look at this screenshot : and let me know what i can do to fix it please!

  18. May 23, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Your style is unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
    I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this blog.

  19. Thinhx2
    March 11, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Thank you for this seen like orange java stoped support download java 7. But with your distro. I can download java 7. I neeed java 6,7 to build rom. Your distro is okay

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