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There are several reasons to be looking for a ROM:

  • Upgrading or downgrading your stock ROM
  • Looking for firmware from a different region/language
  • Flashing a custom ROM for different features, removing bloat, etc.

But where can one find ROMs in the first place? What sites are likely to have the ROM I need?

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Meta Discussion for this Question: meta.android.stackexchange.com/questions/1542/… –  Flow Aug 10 '13 at 14:29

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Manufacturer Websites

While they don't usually host ROMs directly, you may find that they have software useful for upgrading stock ROMs, such as Samsung's tool Kies. If you want to upgrade and stay stock then you should try official methods first.

Google Flagship Updates

Google hosts update packages for the flagship Nexus devices at http://android.clients.google.com/packages/. You can't browse that link directly, but web search is your friend here. Search for that link plus the code name of the device and the version you want; for example, searching android.clients.google.com/packages crespo ics results in a lot of pages with this link -- the OTA Ice Cream Sandwich update for the T-Mobile Nexus S. Links for various "factory images" for Nexus devices can be found here.

XDA Forums

Probably the first place you should look after trying the official route is the XDA Developers' forums. Stock ROMs are usually posted in the General sub-forum for your device, and custom ROMs in the Android Development sub-forum for your device. No guarantees.

They don't have dedicated subforums for all devices, so if you have a less-popular device you should use the site search instead of the subforum search.

CyanogenMod

The first and arguably best alternative ROM of them all. Extensive tutorials on rooting and flashing CyanogenMod on a large number of phones.

RootzWiki Forums

You may or may not want to check RootzWiki before XDA Forums above. Developers tend to move from forum to forum and RootzWiki provides devices for the best developers so a lot have jumped on board.

They have sections for many devices and for those that don't there is a General section. The forums tend to be divided into 3 sections per device (not always): General, Development (ROMS and such) and Themes.

ROM Manager

Many developers publish their custom ROMs in ROM Manager and even provide OTA-style updates through it. Naturally, these ROMs can be easily flashed through ROM Manager / ClockWorkMod Recovery as well.

Goo Manager

This app is a front-end for the popular free Android file hosting site, Goo.im (formerly Goo-Inside.me). It allows for downloads of ROMs, Google Apps packages, kernels, apps, and any other file available via the website.

Android Forums

This site often has ROMs for more obscure devices, as well as the popular ones.

PDADB

This site provides a long list (about 800 pages) for all kind of devices, including Android, Blackberry, Symbian, and more. It misses a filtering mechanism, unfortunately...

CommunityRelease

In this list you can filter by device, Android-Version, developer.

TheUnlockr

Grouped by vendor, then device. Seems to be quite up-to-date and quite complete -- for sure one of the best resources.

Android @ MoDaCo

Similar to Android Forums.

SamMobile

This site posts stock Samsung ROMs from all over. It does require you to sign up.

Google

When in doubt, do a web search. Make use of quotes (e.g., "vibrant" "stock 2.2.1") in order to narrow the results and find what you need.

Shipped Roms

A collection of shipped ROMs. Contains ROMs for 40-odd devices.

MIUI

Translated from a popular Chinese ROM, MIUI is a highly customized version of Android with a large base of customization and theme options and a strong iOS aesthetic. Available for many devices and in Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), Jelly Bean (4.3) options.

AOKP

Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) is just like Cyanogen Mod (CM) a Android Open Source Project (AOSP) based ROM. AOKP focuses on providing extensible settings with the disadvantage that less devices are supported in comparison with CM.

Samdroid Board

If you have a Samsung device and you want to unleash the potential of your device then this is the place to go for information, tutorials, files, firmware and many surprises! Many top devs in the industry and talented people frequent and maintain many useful threads on this forum based site.

Android Central

Another popular Android forum, similar to XDA and RootzWiki.

Major Custom ROM comparison database

A database listing various custom ROMs (Google Spreadsheet).

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Custom Roms, Stock roms, Leaked Roms, Kernels, and how to guides.(For Korean and other Popular devices you can look for custom roms here.)

Tinhte

A vietnamese forum that mostly contains roms for Korean versions of LG,Samsung and other HTC devices.

BBS Gfan

A chinese forum with a very big collection of roms for every device that you can think of.

Note: use the search funtion.

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