I have a Nexus 5 running CyanogenMod 11. Normally, my boot animation looks like this:


Instead of this, I'd like to have something that simply shows me the contents of dmesg, or something else that usefully updates me on the status of what's being loaded and how far along things are.

I'm wondering if there isn't something simpler available. Is there a "developer" boot animation that might report this info? Failing that, what's the best way to get a standard dmesg output or something similar as my boot "animation"?

Note: I've already looked at Chainfire's live logcat, but it's over two years old. Setting it as my boot animation just glitches my screen and soft-bricks my device, necessitating a reflash. So while that would have been an ideal solution if it worked, it looks like that might be the wrong avenue to pursue.

  • No, there isn't a developer boot mode. System integrators get the same boot animation as anyone else.
    – Dan Hulme
    Aug 24, 2014 at 21:21

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There's new version of [root] LiveBoot for devices 4.3 and up on the Google Play Store. There is also a thread for it on XDA


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