Looks like a dev over at XDA-Devs (where else?) has managed to root the Motorola Droid 2. As this is the device's first root and it was just released, it's not surprising that the method is still dependant on manually typing a number of commands. The process requires adb and Motorola drivers to be installed, and involves pushing and executing the root file with ADB. While it doesn't look overly complex, it's probably not something suitable for more novice rooters.

- Install adb (here) and Motorola drivers (here)
- Download attached archive
- Extract to a directory, I used c:Droid2Root
- Make sure you have USB degugging enabled
- Change connection to PC Mode

- Open command prompt
- cd c:/wherever-your-sdk-tools-folder-is
- adb devices (to verify the connection)
- cd c:/Droid2Root
- adb push rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp/rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
- adb shell
- cd data/local/tmp
- chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
- ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

- let the process run until it returns you to c:/Droid2Root
- cd c:/wherever-your-sdk-tools-folder-is
- adb devices (to verify the connection)
- adb shell (you should now have a # prompt)
- exit

- cd c:/Droid2Root
- adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk
- adb push su /system/bin/su
- adb push busybox /system/bin/busybox
- adb shell
- chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
- chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox
- exit

I'm sure there are certain steps that could be streamlined or eliminated, so please feel free to make a suggestion and I'll edit the post.

All credit goes to Sebastian Krahmer at http://c-skills.blogspot.com/. Please see fit to donate via Paypal to [email protected]

Additional thanks to @rainabba and AllDroid.org for their excellent Droid X rooting tutorial, which assisted me greatly in this process.


So far there aren't any custom ROMs or recoveries for the D2, but hopefully they're not far behind. If anyone takes the dive, be sure to let us know how it works out in the comments below.

[Source: XDA-Devs via Droid Life]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

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    The ice has been breached. I am looking forward for a more user friendly root method.

  • http://www.adhllc.com Brandon

    As long and drawn-out as it seems, it really wasn't that hard at all. I just bought my Droid2 last week and was a little hesitant to try this on a brand new phone, but by following the directions very closely I had a rooted phone in about 10 minutes.

    Highly recommended!

    1 note:
    At the "- ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin" step, make sure you wait for a long time. It took almost 5 minutes on my computer/phone. It will not say anything, it will not do anything until it is finished. Just be patient and wait.

    Good luck!

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