How to install ‪Jolla Sailfish OS‬ on Nokia N9 (Detailed Guide)

Here’s another detailed guide on how to install the ‪Jolla’s Sailfish OS on MeeGo powered smartphone Nokia N9. The guide will help you to Dual boot you N9 with MeeGo and SailFish mobile operating system.

Since it’s an unofficial port, there’s a fair share of things not working, including the camera, browser, Accelerometer, as well as Android compatibility not working.  If you’ve got a N9 lying around and want to give Sailfish a try, full install instructions are below.

Sailfish OS  N9
Requirements :
  • Windows 7 machine with admin rights
  • Nokia N9 and USB DataCable – Ensure your N9 is not Operator locked
  • Basic Technical knowledge, handling the Terminal in N9, working with DOS prompt in PC.
  • Please take back up of all your data in N9
  • Ensure your N9 is charged 100% and then reset to factory settings (This is important!!)
  • This guide expects you have a Wifi Internet connection available.
  • This guide expects you have 7Zip installed in your PC
Step 1:
  • Update your N9’s firmware to MeeGo PR 1.3:
  • Download your product specific Firmware files here 
  • Download Flasher here : use only version v3.12.1
  • Install Flasher on your laptop.
  • Copy all the downloaded Firmware files to Flasher folder
  • Open Command Prompt, Navigate to the folder where Flasher is installed
  • Give command : flasher -i
  • Now Connect N9 to your laptop / PC
  • The current firmware version of your phone should appear
  • Give command : flasher -f -F Firmware_filename.bin  (There should be one file with size above 1GB and file extension .bin use it here)
It will take a while, don’t remove or disconnect your Phone now. After the process is complete, it will show “Success” message, Restart the phone and confim the firmware is upgraded to the new one ( v40.20xx.xx)
Step 2 :
  • Download Kernals to Flasher Folder:
  • Download OpenMode kernel from here
  • Download MOSLO kernel from here
  • Download Ubiboot SailfishOS-preconfigured ubiboot from here
Step 3 :
  • Download SailFish Image : Download URL here
Step 4:
  • Now Go back to command prompt :
  • Flash the OpenMode kernel and reboot your phone with:
  • Give command : flasher -i

flasher -a Firmware_filename.bin -k zImage_2.6.32.54-openmode_l2fix –flash-only=kernel -f -R

Step 5 :
  • Get Ready with Harmattan : You need to get Harmattan load completely and run for a few minutes set your date and time in the N9 and check if its working fine.
  • Install Developer Mode and all its packages on Harmattan (N9) so Terminal mode is made available as it is required as we are flashing with Windows PC
Step 6 :
  • Re-partition your handset :
  • Unzip the MOSLO kernel to Flasher folder
  • Now back to command prompt
  • Flash the MOSLO kernel using command :
flasher -k zImage-moslo -n initrd-moslo -l -b
  • Allow MOSLO to repartition your handset.
Step 7 :
  • Install Ubiboot : Unpack ubiboot-02_0.3.5_131213_SFOS.tar using 7Zip
  • Copy the extracted ubiboot_035_sailfishos.tar to your device e.g into the “MyDocs” folder by connecting it in Mass Storage Mode.
  • Go to Terminal on your device, and obtain root access, then extract the archive:
cd /home/user/MyDocs/
tar -xvf ubiboot_035_sailfishos.tar -C /
  • Power off your device and flash it in the usual way:
flasher -a Firmware_filename.bin -k zImage_2.6.32.54-ubiboot-02_301013 –flash-only=kernel -f -R
** If you get a prompt asking you to format the newly mounted partition, DO NOT FORMAT THE PARTITION.
Step 8 :
  • Install Sailfish:
  • Rename the downloaded Sailfish image name to sailfish.tar.bz2
  • In Harmattan, install Developer Mode if you haven’t already and install all the packages. Connect the phone to Windows in “USB Mass Storage Mode “.
  • Copy sailfish.tar.bz2′ to the root of your N9 (X:\, where X is the letter of the drive).
  • Disconnect the phone from the PC and remove the USB cable.
  • Launch Terminal on Harmattan(N9) and type the following commands:
rootme # Or your root password
cd /home/user/MyDocs/
ls # Here, you should see all your MyDocs and sailfish.tar.bz2
mkdir /sailfish
mount /dev/mmcblk0p4 /sailfish
tar –numeric-owner -xvjf sailfish.tar.bz2 -C /sailfish/ # This will take a while as it extracts Sailfish onto the handset, wait till its completed
Step 9 :
  • Now exit Terminal and reboot the device.
  • While Phone is booting you can select which OS to boot , Tap on SailFish logo !

 Congratulation You Now have Sailfish OS on N9!

Note: This tutorial follows the obvious disclaimer that you may risk bricking your phone, so attempt this at your own risk.

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  1. Jan

    Step 4: for people who have troubles establishing the dual boot could you please update your step -a firmware_filename.bin -k zImage_2.6.32.54-openmode_l2fix –flash-only=kernel –suppress-warranty-warning -f -R only after suppressing the warranty warning I was able to due it. My OS is windows 8. Please include that everything else works fine so far 😉

  2. Fakhre

    Much thanks for the Tip!!