Sunday, October 7, 2012

Samsung s3 Galaxy MTP file access with Slackware 14

I just got my hands on the new Saumsung s3 Galaxy and I love it. The only problem I had was that the device does not present itself as a standard USB thumb drive like the old Android devices do, rather you get to choose between MTP (Media Device) access and and PTP (Camera Device) neither of these seemed to work for me with a default install of Slackware 14.

gMTP to the rescue!!!

gMTP  will allow you to manage, upload and download files on the Galaxy s3's internal storage as well as the SD card.

I've created packages for Slackware 14 x86_64 that you can download below. You will need the scons, libmtp, mtpfs, and gMTP packages installed, then simply connect your phone via USB and run gmtp, you will then be given a drop down box to choose between the phones internal storage or the sdcard.

Kens slackware packages

12/25/12 UPDATE: Upgraded this package to version 1.3.4

you'll also need to add a udev rule under /lib/udev/rules.d/ called


paste the following into the above file with your favorite editor:

 # adb protocol on Galaxy S3
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04e8", ATTR{idProduct}=="6860", MODE="0666"


  1. I just wanted to say thank you for doing this! I've been pulling out my hair trying to get my S3 working with linux. Now it all works wonderfully!

  2. No Problem! Thanks for the comment!

  3. Wow Kenneth,

    This article has, I think, saved me a lot of searching when, next Month, I'm getting a couple of Galaxy's for myself and my daughter, to replace the HTCs that we're currently using.

    I'll plus one the post for this article too over at the G+ Slackware Community, where I found the link to this great resource :)

    Kindest regards,


  4. eeeek - sounds too good to be true, but ...
    I'm running 32-bit slackware-14.0

    Any chance of supporting that?

  5. I am using Ubuntu 12.10 and S3 mini... how do you think I can work it up?

  6. this kind of action makes me proud of being part of the linux and slackware community. people helping each other and sharing info.
    thanks a lot man.

  7. It works like a charm on my slackware 14.1 64-bit. Thanks a lot !

  8. Will the same udev rule work on other phones e.g. S4, S5, S6..?

  9. Thank you very much for this useful article. I like it.

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