[RELEASE] ShinTo Kernel “ShuriKen” v30a001

Welcome to the current official release of the ShinTo Kernel series.


Please always get the latest release from HERE

Why name the Kernel “ShinTo”?

To me it has the meaning of “Study of the Essence” (to achieve) “The Way of The Gods” as, to me, ShinTo Kernel is a way to learn and become an expert.
Also the name just sounds very “catchy” 🙂

More information of the origins of ShinTo Kernel can be found in previous version posts.

How to install ShinTo Kernel?

  1. First CREATE A BACKUP OF YOUR ROM (in case something awful happens and you need to restore)!
  2. Did you create the backup in recovery?
  3. Go to recovery mode (Power off phone / Once powered off, press PWR + HOME + UP VOL).
  4. Once inside recovery (tested with TWRP you select install and choose the .ZIP that you have previously downloaded from here.
  5. Once installed, reboot into normal mode and wait for the phone to come up.

One thing you will notice right out of the bat is that the led starts to blink in different colors and brightness; that’s ShadowLED working for ya 😉

How to UNinstall ShinTo Kernel?

  1. Delete (with root) the following files from /system/etc/init.d :
  2. Now you can flash any other kernel you like from recovery.

Alternatively you can recover the backup of your rom if you messed something up.

How to go from EXT4 to F2FS & vice versa?

ShinTo Kernel includes clever code at bootup that takes care of a couple of things for you, so you can test F2FS in any combination you see fit, and even go back to EXT4 if you don’t like F2FS without loosing any data but you have to follow some logical steps detailed here by the great Megaflop666:

  1. Update TWRP to the latest and greatest, you can download it from http://teamw.in/project/twrp2
  2. Drop to TWRP and flash the latest Shinto Kernel ShuriKen
  3. Reboot and let the phone fully boot up and settle down, give it 15 minutes
  4. Open Synapse and make sure all settings are stock, if it tells you that your previous settings cannot be used, click “Understood“, and then click the apply check mark at the top.
  5. Go into ES File Explorer or something of your choice and get ALL USER DATA THAT YOU WISH TO KEEP off of the internal SD card.
  7. Drop to TWRP and run a FULL NANDROID BACKUP to your External SD Card.
  8. Go to SETTINGS and unselect (un tick) “use rm -rf instead of formatting” (We want TWRP to actually format with f2fs)
  9. Go to Wipe and Choose Advanced Wipe
  10. Select System and choose change or repair file system
  11. Choose f2fs and go through the steps where it tells you that all data will be lost and apply it.
  12. Follow steps 9-11 for Data and Cache one at a time.
  13. Go to SETTINGS and select (tick) “use rm -rf instead of formatting” (We don’t want TWRP to restore back to EXT4)
  14. Do a restore, but ONLY CHECK SYSTEM & DATA for restoral, NOTHING ELSE IS NEEDED.
  15. It will tell you that your backup was made with ext4 and may not boot, don’t worry it will boot.
  16. After restore, reboot your device. First boot will take a few because it’s a new file system and your apps will have to reconfigure themselves, etc.


On what models does ShinTo Kernel work?

For the time being, it has been confirmed to run very fast & stable on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (international SnapDragon) and on N900T (TMO T-Mobile USA), on a NG1+ Samsung TouchWiz rom.
It is only meant to work on Samsung TouchWiz roms.

It is has been tested running stable with the following :


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30 Responses

  1. kevp75 says:

    Nice job bud. 🙂

    • iamskynet says:

      Thank you, hope it works as advertised 😀

      • kevp75 says:

        and then some dude.

        Whats yur paypal…. i get paid next friday and i seriously want to donate a couple 6 packs 😉

        • iamskynet says:

          🙂 no need to Kevp75 but if you feel mighty compelled to, then head to the main page of PreCog.me (from a PC, or view website in Desktop mode) and it should be on the top right side.
          But seriously, there’s no need to!

      • kevp75 says:

        Will do man.
        Quick one for you… in shadowled.sh i assume i cpuld simply comment out a line if i didnt need it… what about adding a line for white? say… something for missed messages or maybe even cpu usage?

      • kevp75 says:

        or a gps lock during nav? lol

        • iamskynet says:

          Yes you can comment out a line, hopefully I’ll have the time add functionality so you can configure all that in Synapse.
          Missed messages is up to the system/app like gmail, etc…
          Gps could be taken care by something like Tasker of for sure by Automagic (I actually use a lot Automagic), again user land stuff.

  2. Bryan says:

    Does this work if I am using cwm recovery?

    • iamskynet says:

      Yes it does.
      The only thing I don’t know is of you want to convert any of the partitions to F2FS, if cwm has the option to format in f2fs.

  3. Bryan Chiam says:

    Hi, My feedback with the v30

    Battery is good

    Suspected could be issue as below:
    Phone went dead once after i received one whatapp text. Battery during that time was around 14%. Didn’t change anything else in Synape except speaker volume. Will continue monitoring.

    Battery % dropped 2 digits instead of 1. meaning that, when my battery is at 80%, it will goes to 78 instead of 79% after some times of usage. Will continue to monitor.

    • iamskynet says:

      The 2% drop could happen in some corner cases where you resume from suspend, battery is already on edge of dropping and then you do something that taxes your battery. At next battery refresh it will drop the 2%.
      For the next version I will try to improve the battery monitor code to take care of this corner case.

  4. Troskyo says:

    I’ve installed your ShintoKernel.APK into my nexus 5 and now I have a serious issue with the house lights, the seem to tinker when I turn down the TV volume.. and Shadowled is not helping 😉

  5. kevp75 says:

    Yeah I use taker for alot :)… less now that ive got more control over cpu tho HA

    Thanks bud… im going to experiment a bit with the script and the zram script… i totally missed out on it needing swappiness 100… and have been setting it down to 10 LOL

    • iamskynet says:

      Setting it to 100 will give you more free ram for important tasks and put all those background ones that are seldom used out.
      That’s the purpose of zram in ShinTo Kernel.

  6. juzzn says:

    I’ve gotten my first random reboots and non-waking black screens on Tweaked 3.95 with this kernel after a few weeks of stability on the 29a. Nothing altered in synapse and shadowled has been deleted.

  7. Nik Kay says:

    Thanks for this awesome Shuriken.. Can u show me what’s synapse best setting? And should i activate DVFS Disabler or not?

  8. Ezaechiel says:

    Will test it right now :-D, thanks for your hard work. It’s a great kernel by far 😀

  9. Nathan Yu says:

    Hi, how do I go back to EXT4 from F2FS. Thank you.

  10. Ezaechiel says:

    Hi iamskynet, just to report I have this issue too this morning : “Some people are hitting an issue where the screen phone doesn’t turn on from deep sleep, but the phone is still responsive.” ==> I had to hard reboot the phone. It already happened with an older version of Civato’s kernel.
    I hope you find the solution for the new version 😉

  11. bassini says:

    Can you add intelimm grv by faux ? Its ver good for battery live and performance beter then interactivex and ondemand

    • iamskynet says:

      I am already evaluating it in a private build since about a week or two and depending on the results of my testing will add it or not.
      Thank you for suggesting it.

      • bassini says:

        I also try alucard and he is best in my opinion but i will try with alucard hotplug if you can pls try add this hot plug in your kernel

        • iamskynet says:

          HI, thank you for the suggestion, I am well aware of Alucard.
          ShinTo Kernel is not one of those kernels where the dev (me) will add stuff just for the sake of having everything in it.
          Don’t get me wrong, but for that you have a huge choice of very good kernels out there for the Note3.

      • bassini says:

        And a last very very usefuel option “coretxbrain” this the best kernel live meneger ( in ultimate kernel you can see ) ( in live time mod system cpu gpu etc )

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