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Guide the differences between the various branches and versions of Xiaomi's MIUI

Update - 2018.01.01 Updated phone list with Global Stable in Italian.

At its origins MIUI, when Xiaomi began its development and no phone was in the pipeline yet, there was only one branch. Over the years, the arrival of (many) Xiaomi devices and finally the landing in the extra Chinese market, MIUI has necessarily reorganized and differentiated into various branches which, however, create a lot of confusion for the less trained. Let's make some clarity.

Content index

MIUI Chinese / English

MIUI Global

MIUI Custom

The MIUI numbering

The numbering of MIUI consists of two typologies according to whether it is a development ROM or a stable one.

Le ROM development (developer nightly, developer weekly, beta) use a numbering based on the release date in the format: last_course_day.month.day. As a result, a release 21 April 2016 will have as 6.4.21 numbering.

Le ROMs stable they follow instead one standard numbering where the first digit represents the major release number typical of the software versioning and the others to follow with this scheme: major.minor.build.revision. For example 7.2.12.0.

MIUI China Developer Nightly

And 'the MIUI Reserved only to users included in closed beta testing groups, is a work in progress for the news and bugfixes that we have proposed to release with the developer weekly (read later). The almost daily update is OTA therefore automatic and incremental, however there is no traceable official download.

  • Updates: Almost Daily - OTA Supported
  • Languages: English / Chinese
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: NO
  • ROOT permissions: Enable after unlocking the bootloader. They are partial permissions because they do not allow writing / editing the file system.
  • Download: N / A


MIUI China Developer Weekly

It is a development version (open beta) but which has already passed into the hands of beta testers and therefore guarantees good stability. Basically it is the sum of the news presented during the week through the nighty ed the best way to try the news. The update is OTA therefore automatic and incremental on a weekly basis (Thursday afternoon).


  • Updates: Weekly - Supported OTA
  • Languages: English / Chinese
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: NO
  • ROOT Permissions: Native but only enabled after unlocking the bootloader. They are partial permissions because they do not allow writing / editing the file system.
  • Download: Official Xiaomi Forum.



MIUI China Stable

The "stable" MIUI China is instead the sum of all the latest news with the weekly, revised and corrected to package a version that guarantees maximum stability at the expense of a lesser rate of updates.


  • Update: Monthly (device-dependent) - Supported OTA
  • Languages: English / Chinese
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: NO
  • ROOT permissions: Through the flash of specific files and management through SuperSU
  • Download: Official Xiaomi Forum.


MIUI Global Beta Nightly

And 'the MIUI International Reserved only to users included in closed beta testing groups. As for China Developer Nightly, it is a branch that affects only a few volunteers who want to try the first releases before, after the necessary tests, become "Beta Open" (MIUI Global Beta Weekly)

  • Updates: Almost Daily - OTA Supported
  • Languages: 26 different languages ​​including Italian
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: YES
  • ROOT permissions: Enable after unlocking the bootloader. They are partial permissions because they do not allow writing / editing the file system.
  • Download: N / A


MIUI Global Beta / Developer Weekly

Global versions are designed for the non-China market and include many languages ​​of the China versions. The Global Beta (also called Developer), as well as the China developer, is the branch of development that proposes frequent upgrades but a lower stability and includes the beauty of 26 different languages ​​including Italian. The update is OTA therefore automatic and incremental on a weekly basis. While maintaining a similar numbering to China developer, it is in truth always a little back with the news.


  • Update: Weekly - Supported OTA
  • Languages: 26 different languages ​​including Italian
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: YES
  • ROOT permissions: Through the flash of specific files and management through SuperSU
  • Download: Official Xiaomi Forum.


MIUI Global Stable

The Global Stable, as in the previous cases, is a version that comes from the sum of the development versions and that "blossoms" in a stable and enjoyable version. The Global stable initially included only the languages ​​of the markets in which Xiaomi has officially landed but is gradually also including Italian for the following models: Mi5, Mi5s, Mi6, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Note 2, Mi Note 3, Mi Max / Prime, Mi Max 2, Redmi 3S, Redmi Note 3 Pro, Redmi Note 3 SE, Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 4X, Mi 4i (continuously increasing list). Obviously, the presence of many more languages ​​than the Global Beta version, lets imagine that Xiaomi is at least preparing to release a truly Global version valid for all countries of the world. The update is OTA therefore automatic and incremental on a roughly monthly basis.


  • Update: Monthly (device-dependent) - Supported OTA
  • Languages: Chinese (Traditional and otherwise), English (US and UK), Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tamil, Thai, Portuguese, Indian, Filipino. Italian only for some models (see above)
  • ROOT permissions: Through the flash of specific files and management through SuperSU
  • Download: Official Xiaomi Forum.


MIUI Multilanguage Xiaomi.eu Developer and Stable

We enter the world of custom ROMs. MIUI Multilanguage, up to the advent of Global, was the only option for languages ​​other than English and Chinese in MIUI. MIUI Multilanguage, derived from China Developer e China Stable, it is the fruit of all the work fanzine scattered around the world (ours of miui.it was one of the first to join) that, with their local translations, will feed the wide archive of present languages, well 26. Compared to local ones, Multilanguage translations are always behind a version as they prefer to release immediately without waiting for local translation teams to update their translations, they still achieve a good level of completeness. The ROMs of xiaomi.eu are "cleaned" of non-essential Chinese services and apps, they incorporate the playstore, the playservice and some small optimizations for the extra-china. While the Xiaomi framework remains present, the Xiaomi apps store (MiStore) is absent.


  • Developer Update: Weekly, Supported OTA (ROMs are loaded on servers on Friday night)
  • Stable Update: Monthly (Variable by Device) - Supported OTA
  • Languages: Italian, Chinese (Traditional and Non), English (US and UK), Arabic, Czech, German, French, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Hungarian, Russian, Croatian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tamil, Thai, Portuguese, Indian, Filipino.
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: YES
  • ROOT permissions: Through the flash of specific files and management through SuperSU
  • Notes: Requires Bootloader unlock.
  • Download: Unofficial International Forum


MIUI of MIUI Italy

Like MultiLingua, the MIUI "nostrana", derived from the China Developer (but not the China Stable), and is the result of the free work of MIUI Italia team that has long since given us the local version of MIUI. With the increase in Xiaomi terminals, but not only, the translation work has multiplied exponentially, making it impossible for a regular release for all devices. MIUI Italia's ROMs, in addition to including Google services, warrant a complete translation at 99% and some optimizations specific to our country. While the Xiaomi framework remains present, the Xiaomi apps store (MiStore) is absent.


  • Updates: Weekly (Variable by Device) - OTA Not Supported
  • Languages: Italian, English, Chinese
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: YES
  • Notes: Installation requires unlocking the Bootloader
  • ROOT permissions: Through the flash of specific files and management through SuperSU
  • Download: MIUI Italia


Porting of MIUI

Porting is precisely the MIUI versions "ported" to non-xiaomi terminals. We enter a somewhat different ground because although many models speak of official support with their download on the MIUI Forum, these versions are not developed by the Xiaomi team, nor are they tried by moderators or control figures. Just because the development is left in the hands of some willing volunteers, there is not even a real standard. We will find depending on the model of the versions that work better or worse, with few languages ​​or only English / Chinese, with root or customizations, frequent updates or abandoned releases. Obviously, as well as the official MIUI forum, you can find somewhere porting for many models.


  • Cadence: N / A
  • Languages: N / A
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: N / A
  • Download: Official Xiaomi Forum


MIUI chop / custom

With the colorful name of "cuddles" (how to recognize a scary rom) usually refer to special versions made and used by international vendors (eg. GearBest) and are official MIUI versions, often from the “stable” branch, in which languages ​​not normally present such as Italian are implemented, thus creating unique hybrids (eg China stable with Italian). Compared to the past, they are ROMs sufficiently free of useless Chinese apps and allow a fair degree of enjoyment but are not upgradeable in any way. Having sufficient skills, we always suggest replacing them with other branches in order to take advantage of the constant updates of Xiaomi. Nevertheless it is common to meet less "geek" people who have kept these ROMs for months with satisfaction.

Starting from the second half of the 2017, Xiaomi has given a close to this phenomenon by prohibiting the use of non-original ROMs, so it is very rare to find them.


  • Cadence: N / A - Not updateable unless you change ROM
  • Languages: Italian, Chinese (Traditional and Non), English (US and UK), Arabic, Czech, German, French, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Hungarian, Russian, Croatian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tamil, Thai, Portuguese, Indian, Filipino.
  • Google PlayStore and Play Services: Yes
  • Download: N / A


With this review, I hope you have run into the doubts of many, but if you have detected inaccuracies, if you have any questions or just want to add some information, please use the comments.

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Thiery
1 year ago

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Yuto Arrapato
Yuto Arrapato
2 years ago

Two neophyte questions that are pointing to the mi8
1) if I want I the maximum of stability which version to aim?

2) China stable if I manually put the gapps and play store then it will work perfectly or is unstable species notifications?
Thank you

Max Cerba
Max Cerba
3 years ago

Oohhh some clarity..now I ask for an enlightenment. I have a fake rom and I would like to mount the miui 9 at the end. Could you tell me how? Gracias da Max Redmi note 4x 3/16 snapdragon android 6 and miui fake 8

Max Cerba
Max Cerba
3 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Of course, on the fb page they advised me to look on this portal. Here is the screencomment image

Max Cerba
Max Cerba
3 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Thanks, cell caught on mi-italia and waited a month against the few days they support. Anyway thanks, I try now

Max Cerba
Max Cerba
3 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Ok thanks 1000, look, I do not have to root the phone, right?

Nicola Pellegrin
Nicola Pellegrin
3 years ago

Finally a guide that I would define perfect in the contents, but above all clear in their explanation. Compliments.
PS: I've already bookmarked it, please don't change its url 😉

Angelo
Angelo
3 years ago

Hello

Currently in my mi 6 I have installed the miui global stable 8.5.1.0 Ncamieg I can pass, through the update, to miui_MI6Global_7.10.12_d73ca1d4cb_7.1 (developer).
I clarify that with the stable I have the bootloader blocked and despite following the procedure I can not unlock it.
Obviously I think, if I work through the updater I don't have to do any wipe

Thanks for the answer

scamorza
scamorza
3 years ago

Hello Simone, I bought a few days ago a reddish 4 international version on Italian settings I see my stable global 8.1, 8.1.2.0.0 mbemidi; they say it supports OTA it is original and international. Do you really really update? What is rom about?

Paul White
Paul White
3 years ago

really an interesting and comprehensive article, the only note is that as owner of redmi 4 I have not found the global stable for my terminal, it is not present on the xiaomi site and I honestly do not know why. do you have any info about it? thanks and good luck

Paul White
Paul White
3 years ago
Reply to  Simone

but the guide is for the redmi 4 prime, I have the basic model 2/32 I don't know if it's the same thing. forgive me but i am new to xiaomi 🙂

Proxima8
Proxima8
3 years ago

The MIUI Global Stable of the Redmi Note 4 does NOT include Italian, at least up to the version
V8.0.4.0.MBFMIDG (MIUI8) to date the latest available. To have Italian I installed the
MIUI Global Developer 7.1.19 (MIUI8) and it is not necessary to unlock the bootloader, just download the archive in the phone memory and update via archive.

Proxima8
Proxima8
3 years ago
Reply to  Simone

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Omar Roba
Omar Roba
3 years ago

Hello Simone,
thanks for the article ... It 's really very clear and exhaustive, it serves to clarify a field in which certain information is sipped to those who are not in the close circle of gurus (or presumed such).
Having said that, a question occurs to me: given that the problem of localization is fundamentally solvable even with "official" tools, what is the reason why stores serve up "fake" Roma? Is it an economic question?
Thanks again and good work

Roberto Bernardini
Roberto Bernardini
4 years ago

The MIUI Global Stable therefore does not have the Italian Language for the Xiaomi Redmi Pro?

Cristian Martina
Cristian Martina
4 years ago

Hello.
I bought the 3 pro note redmuff from gearbest.
I got it today… Amazingly the bad thing is the farlicca rom, 8.0.1.0.0 in Italian and there are no updates.
The bootloader is unlocked by fastboots.
Can?
How is it I know if it is unlocked with the official method and then I go to standard or unofficial twrp and I will have problems?
Thank you.

Cristian Martina
Cristian Martina
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

From terminal, fastboot oem device-info gives me this
...
(bootloader) Device tampered: false
(bootloader) Device unlocked: true
(bootloader) Charger screen enabled: false
(bootloader) Display panel:
OKAY [0.006s]
finished. Total time: 0.006s

Cristian Martina
Cristian Martina
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

As I wrote from the terminal launching fastboot oem device-info tells me that the bootloader is unlocked.
Three voices appear. With true and false false results.

fabrizio
fabrizio
4 years ago

Hello, I have a redmi note 3 pro SE with the 7.1.5 developer ROM installed (installed by me upon purchase) and I would like to switch to the global stable version taken from the same site http://en.miui.com/download-301.html#449 can I follow the procedure to install the developer (download the rom on the device and update via the phone updater) or is there some other step to follow first?

Max
Max
4 years ago

Hi, I got the redmi note 4 for a friend from gear best, as soon as I turned on I noticed that it had the global stable and looking for the update it installed the MIUI Global 8.1 | Exactly stable 8.1.2.0 (MBFMIDI). Fiddling with the settings in addittional setting I saw that it was located in Italy (as indicated by me in the start-up phase) and by putting the Italian language, everything turned into Italian. But sorry but the global stable is not lacking in the Italian translation? so it's not the official rom? and if it is not, how did it do it... Read the rest »

Max
Max
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Great. Is there a list on the list where one can understand which Device has the global stable with the Italian language?

Max
Max
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Or cabbages I did not notice, maybe it would be better to make a more obvious section. ;-), thank's for your job.!

Omar Roba
Omar Roba
3 years ago
Reply to  Simone

For the record, I also confirm the Italian language on the Xiaomi Mi4i Global Stable. Version V8.1.5.0.LXIMIDI (maybe it has already been there for a while but I flashed it today)

Ricardo
Ricardo
4 years ago

to switch from global beta to stable on mi5 is it necessary to unlock the BL or root permissions? Can you explain the procedure to me? I just got mi5 and it is my first xiaomi….

Max
Max
4 years ago
Reply to  Ricardo

I think so.

L0cutus
L0cutus
4 years ago

a great article that made a bit of order in the chaos I had in my head (I just got my son a redmi 4 pro / prime…) THANK YOU!

Carlo
Carlo
4 years ago

a question, but then the xiaomi mi 5 is currently the only one to have the Italian language with the global stable or are there also other xiaomi devices always with the global stable in ita?

nb I'm not talking about the global developer where only the stable Italian is present

Carlo
Carlo
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

thanks for the reply, could you tell me how to switch rom global developer to global stable? always for miui 8 .. must you unlock the bootloader or use miflash or just use the updater from the settings? thanks

Francesco M
Francesco M
4 years ago

I have a 4 64gb note with MIUI Global Stable, will you add the Italian language in the coming months? I can not change the rom, I use English. Thank you

Max
Max
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

I have the latest and it is in Italian, but is it possible?

Francesco M
Francesco M
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Thanks, so in the future it will be possible, I'm not very good at editing rom, then I should reinstall all the content on the phone.

SAngeli
SAngeli
4 years ago

Hello Simone, first I want to thank you very much for writing this article that I find very useful. I maintain that there are many users, like me, who do not know the world of MIUI and Xiaomi and are confused when they see that there is more than one place to download a ROM. I argue that part of this problem stems from the fact that the Xiaomi company has not yet officially opened its borders to the European market. Coming to my question, I did some research to try to understand where it is best to download the ROM (between miui.it and xiaomi.eu) also because... Read the rest »

Max
Max
4 years ago
Reply to  SAngeli

to me it seems very simple instead, global stable and that's it, then when Italian arrives on your device it's better otherwise you go to English.

Alessandro
Alessandro
4 years ago
Reply to  SAngeli

I love you. I'm not gay but I repeat that I adore you. finally one who thinks like me, who understands the difficulty of everything and the absurdity of a thousand versions intertwined including the difference between the 2 custom roms EU and IT. most holy words what you say I would like to understand too. up . EU say “Our ROMs features (Whats not in Global)” and make A VERY DETAILED LIST OF FEATURES. in short, but in the end what does the Italian team create to make one of its roms, if in practice Italy does only TRANSLATIONS? on the Italian site they say that they too work... Read the rest »

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago

I believe then that the eu nn will receive; la it?

Alessandro
Alessandro
4 years ago

big question:
but if I am Italian living in Italy MA I don't need the Italian language on smartphone…. does it still make sense to put miui.it?
or would xiaomi.eu be enough?

you wrote that .it has "some specific optimizations for our country", couldn't you specify which ones?

that is, the Hamletic doubt is: are .it and .eu almost the SAME versions? I mean software optimizations, ram, google services…. etc. the Italian tim that is practically takes the eu already cleaned up by Chinese services and put the Italian into it?

Alessandro
Alessandro
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

so for an Italian like me who prefers to use English, you might as well use the .eu, because in any case compared to GLOBAL it has further optimizations right?
maybe I don't know from the article it seems that in any case the global does not completely remove the xiaomi ecosystem or useless apps, perhaps they only clean up excessively Chinese things but leave useless services in the background ... while the custom .EU versions just clean up the system operating from Chinese useless processes, correct?

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago

regarding the lack of 20 bandwidth using vodafone, which you know you notice problems with 4g? Does Missing Only on 4g Miss? In general, then, what is your experience with mi5? Satisfactory? Receiving, Connecting, etc.? (I like the nubia z11 but they tell me it uses old memories)

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago

So: I would like to buy a mi5 with Italian language to be inserted and I would not like to unlock the bootloader, still receiving the ota; could you tell me which firmware version to buy and what to do next? I recently read a guide that provides Italian without unlocking the bootloader. What do you advise me, would you explain to me? Thanks

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

yes, it would be ideal; but I noticed that from honorbuy it costs a lot more than from gearbest !!

Giuppy
Giuppy
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

I add that Gearbest ships with non-upgradeable fake rom and a nice mess to go back to china to put the rom you want ... ..

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Giuppy

In what sense?

Giuppy
Giuppy
4 years ago
Reply to  Angelo

Sorry for the delay.
It means that there are no updates for the "fake" roms to put the updatable one you have to do more complex operations than those who have a stock rom, especially if you are not so practical (like myself)
If you're looking for some more technical explanation on Google, there are also so many groups on fb that talk about it.

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Giuppy

Imagine! idem, I'm almost ignorant on the subject ... really? I didn't know this about gearbest ...

Federico Belli
Federico Belli
4 years ago
Reply to  Angelo

I got it from grossoshop, with Italian language and ota updates (black version 3 64 to 296 including shipping)

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

really: what does it mean to make it?

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Giuppy

…good!!

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

well of course ... I simply try to combine the needs! 🙂 it seems normal to me ...

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Thank you!

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Thanks! In case I find it on Chinese site - I am looking for the black 64gb - what should I do to install the glob. developer, what do you recommend?

Angelo
Angelo
4 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Ok; I expect to accept my request on fb; I repeat, I do not want to unlock the bootloader!

contenitore21
contenitore21
4 years ago

Very interesting reading for me, thank you.
I did not understand if xiaomi.eu are the same as multilanguage or are just a subset. Do they also sit in stable and developer?
Since it is necessary to unlock the bootloader, it is not possible to update them on a Redmi3 released with xiaomi.eu 7.1. Unless I unlock it, once I understand if and how it is possible.
The convenience would be in getting updates on xiaomi.eu: right?
Thank you and sorry but I am looking for a plan to understand

OniNemesis
4 years ago
Reply to  contenitore21

Yes xiaomi.eu is a multilanguage.

maxray
maxray
4 years ago

But is xiaomi.eu Roma not weekly?
Do they always have the Italian language? I refer in particular to the ido rom for redmi 3 pro (which I would like to buy) that I still don't understand if it has Italian or not

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