Comprehensive List of Kindle Hacks/Modifications
#1  Mario1up 04-07-2011, 08:02 PM
This thread is mainly for Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3) hacks. There's a whole wiki page for Kindle Touch hacks! Check it out ->here!<-

I noticed that there seems to be no thread that compiles all the hacks into one topic. So, to make things easy to find, I've decided to make this list of all the Kindle hacks I could gather. I will update it as new ones are made.

If I miss any, please feel free to post them here and I will add them. If you think a hack should go into a different category or there should be a new category, please go ahead and say so.

To install any of these hacks, you will first need the jailbreak.

Also, it's a very good idea to make a folder in your Kindle's root for the uninstallers of the hacks you install, because if the hack is upgraded, the new uninstaller won't work and you won't be able to get the old hack off your Kindle.

I put the hacks into general categories so they'll be easy to find, but if you can't seem to find what you're looking for, you can try searching with Ctrl+F. If you still don't see it, it may not be on this list. You should probably try searching the forums. If you find it, post it here so I can add it!

Here's the current list of tags for hacks that are installed on the Kindle:
NJ - No jailbreak needed to install or use these hacks.
UN - USB Networking is required to use these hacks.
LP - Requires Launchpad.

Screensaver, Font, and Layout Hacks
Font and Screensaver Hacks - The current jailbreak and USBNetworking hacks are also included here.
NJ Changing Fonts Without Hacks - Only reader.pref needs to be edited.
NJ How to Change the Margins - Only reader.pref needs to be edited.
NJ Allow Justification Changes - Only reader.pref needs to be edited.
NJ, UN Change Screensaver Timeout
Readability Mod - Changes "Article Mode" in the browser to make reading better and easier.
Stamping Screensavers - How to add Amazon's "Slide and release the power switch to wake" message on custom screensavers.
Fonts For Body Text - A small study on what fonts are best for reading devices.
Georgia2 - A bolder version of the Georgia font, made specially for the Kindle.
LP Launchpad Prevent Screensaver Ini - Disallows automatic activation of the screensaver.
UN Remove Ads on the KSO
LP Kaffiene - A sleep management utility. Features include preventing standby/screensaver, locking the keyboard, and going to sleep/standby without changing the screen.

Music, Sound, and Audio Book Hacks
LP MPlayer - An excellent audio player for Kindle. Supports OGG, WAV, MP3, FLAC, AAC, streaming and much more.
LP Music Shuffler - For use with the built-in music player.
LP Dictaphone Mod - A Launchpad command that lets you record audio with the microphone.
Audiobook Player - An alternate audiobook player that allows bookmarks.
UN Kindle Voice Control - Control the Kindle with voice commands. Still beta and not completely independent, needs a PC for voice recognition.
LP Kinamp - An Mplayer-based audio player with an on-screen progress bar.

Keyboard and Button Hacks
Physkeyb - A keyboard localization hack. Allows alternate keyboard layouts and symbol shortcuts. (It's recommended to get dsmid's version that includes a timeout. Link)
Launchpad - An internal program launcher; required for some hacks.
Next/Previous Page Using Any Buttons

eBook, Collection, and Clipping Management (All are NJ unless stated otherwise)
calibre - An excellent, free ebook manager for all e-readers. Also converts many, many file formats.
Kindle Book Browser - A Chrome web app that makes it easier to look through the Kindle bookstore.
Kindle Collection Manager
Automatic Kindle Collection Generator - Uses structure of "Documents" folder
calibrekindlecollections - Makes collections based on metadata from calibre.
Web-Based Kindle Collection Maker
calibre plugin Kindle Collections
Clippings Parser - An application for Windows that converts the clippings file into XML.
Clippings Parser GUI - Same as above, but with a GUI to make things much easier.
Klippings - An application to view clippings much more easily.

Web and Browser Hacks
Kindle HTTP Server
UN Mutt e-mail Client
UN Change Default Google and Wikipedia Searches
FreeDownload Hack - Allows the browser to download any filetype, instead of only the default .mobi, .txt, .azw, and .prc filetypes.
NJ eMonitor - Kindle as an Additional PC Screen - No Kindle hacks required. This only needs a PC to host the live content feed for the Kindle.
KindleVNC - A Kindle VNC client. Supports passwords, mouse, and keyboard control.
Kindle VNC Viewer - Another VNC client; supports passwords, does not support keyboard or mouse control.
UN Use a Local Operator SIM in Kindle 3

Development Tools
UN Merged Developer Keystore - Very useful: contains all the keystores of current software developers. Install this, and you should be able to run all kindlets from this forum.
UN Merged Terminal/Launchpad/Web Server
UN Kindle Terminal App
UN Quick Kindle Root Shell via USB
UN KindleTERM - An SSH Client Kindlet
UN Full Screen Native Kindle Terminal
UN Guide to SSH into the Kindle with USBNetworking
USBNetworking - For those who know what they're doing.
How to Write Kindlets
UN Java Interpreter for Kindle
UN, LP Accessing the Kindle 3 Through WiFi
Kindle 3.1 Kernel Config File
Kindle 3 Serial Plug Design
fbout - Debugging tool, pipe sdout to eink.
UN Bash for Kindle
Perl for Kindle
fbprint - Write text to the eink display at a position (good for feedback with launchpad commands).
mntusb - A script to enable connecting multiple Kindles to a Linux PC, where they will all be usable at once.

Reading Environments and Firmware
NJ How to Install Debian on a Kindle
NJ Installing Debian with a Pre-built Image
FBreader and fbkindle - Alternate book readers for Kindle. Both have epub support
NJ Duokan English Translation
NJ Duokan Lite - An alternate Kindle OS. Supprts PDF, TXT, and EPUB.
Duokan FAQ
Frotz - An interactive fiction reader for Kindle.
KIF - Kindle Interactive Fiction, another interactive fiction reader.
LP CoolReader 3 on Kindle - Supports fb2, txt, html, rtf, chm, epub, and mobi.

Alternate Languages
Language Localization - This one's complex; it's a good idea to read the whole thread.
Keyboard Localization - Also see physkeyb above.
NJ Chinese Duokan - For Kindle 2 only.
UN Google Translate on eBook Search Menu

Mangize - Manga converter for Kindle
Mangle - Manga viewer for Kindle
Mokle - Manga optimizer for Kindle

OptWare for Kindle
UN Disable Log Sending to Amazon
NJ How to put the Kindle 3 in Diagnostic Mode
UN Disable Indexing
NJ Kindle 3.1 FW on Kindle 2 - Still under development, but worth a look.
KindleNote - A free notepad application.
Updates Provider Hack - Should not be used with older jailbreaks or NiLuJe's jailbreak.
UN Calculator App - Scroll down for updated versions. Requires installing (included) developer keys.
NJ Add an Icon When Plugged In
LP Launchpad Rotate Screen Ini - Change screen orientation with a keyboard shortcut.
UN Stop the Kindle from Automatically Flashing the Screen
LP K3Chess - Not really a hack, but cool nonetheless. Free, open-source chess for Kindle.
List of Kindlets

#2  yifanlu 04-07-2011, 09:05 PM
Nice list! I hope this gets stickied.

#3  NiLuJe 04-08-2011, 01:29 AM
You might want to consider updating/maintening this similar wiki page.

#4  TaureanBull 04-08-2011, 02:06 AM
Great Job! I was looking for something like this. Thanks.

#5  janvanmaar 04-08-2011, 04:58 AM
Nice list. I believe dividing the hacks into groups (eg terminals, screensavers&fonts&layout modifications, music&audio, manga, full alternative reading environments etc) would make it even more useful.
I did not look thoroughly through the list but I think the following hacks might be missing:

#6  Tanga 04-08-2011, 07:35 AM
Calibre for organising/converting books:

Screensaver Stamp:

Readability Mod:

KIF (Kindle Interactive Fiction machine):

#7  PoP 04-08-2011, 11:06 AM
Dumbfrotz, another player of Infocom text adventures:

#8  kranu 04-08-2011, 05:23 PM
Music Shuffler

#9  Mario1up 04-08-2011, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the kind comments, guys! And the sticky is great. I added all the hacks you guy posted. I took javanmarr's advice and made sections. I will add a collection manager section later.

#10  Tanga 04-08-2011, 09:12 PM
It is a great idea for a thread Mario. It saves trawling through posts looking for something useful (how I found some of the hacks I used).

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