Rooting the HTC Hero

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Note: This is at your own risk. If you fry your phone, your problem, not mine.

I recently got an HTC Hero. Great phone, I’m loving the Android platform. Pity that you don’t have full access to it, and I actually wanted to merge my old phone (Nokia E65)’s SMS database into this one, so I needed full access.

(Un)fortunately, these days the HTC Hero comes with the latest firmware, 2.73.1100.5, which on the one hand makes rooting harder (fixes several bugs and fastboot no longer works) but on the other hand makes the phone respond a lot better.

After some twiddling and reading on the XDA Developers Forum, I came up with this recipe:

Downloads needed:


  • Download the Android SDK, and install/extract it somewhere. I’m using Linux and put it under /home//android/
  • Download,, and extract them in a directory of your choice. For instance, /tmp.
  • Change to the Android SDK directory and in that one /tools (here: /home//android-sdk-linux_86/tools/
  • Start adb (Android Debug Bridge): ./abd wait-for-device
  • Put your phone in HTC Sync mode: drag the notification bar down and activate HTC Sync

After a while adb should return to the prompt. Should mean your phone has been found.

  • Copy asroot2 and su on the phone in /data/local:
    ./adb push /tmp/asroot2 /data/local/<br /> ./adb push /tmp/su /data/local/
  • Open a shell to the device: ./adb shell
  • Make asroot2 executable, and launch it:
    chmod 0755 /data/local/asroot2<br /> /data/local/asroot2 /system/bin/sh

Your phone should greet you with:

[+] Using newer pipe_inode_info layout
Opening: /proc/564/fd/3
SUCCESS: Enjoy the shell.

At this point, remount your /system filesystem read-write.
Before remounting, executing the mount command should return a line containing:

/dev/block/mtdblock3 /system yaffs2 ro 0 0

Now, remount the fs:
mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
(this returns no output)

And now executing mount should return a line like:

/dev/block/mtdblock3 /system yaffs2 rw 0 0

and copy the su binary into /system/bin:
dd if=/data/local/su of=/system/bin/su
and make it executable with root permissions:
chmod 4755 /system/bin/su

Next, copy the Supseruser.apk to the SD card and install it.
Then, reboot your phone (power off and on).

Restart your abd shell, and execute su in your adb shell: su, and on the phone it should come ask if you want to allow root permissions:

SU request

Tap “Allow”, et voila, you now have a rooted phone.