Anbox Lets You Run Android Apps on the Linux Desktop

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Anbox Lets You Run Android Apps on the Linux Desktop

Anbox puts the Android operating system into a container, abstracts hardware access and integrates core system services into a GNU/Linux system. Every Android application will be integrated with your operating system like any other native application.


To achieve our goal we use standard Linux technologies like containers (LXC) to separate the Android operating system from the host. Any Android version is suitable for this approach and we try to keep up with the latest available version from the Android Open Source Project.


Installing Anbox on a regular Linux system isn’t hard when you already have the ability to install snaps. Packaging anbox within a snap makes it really easy for us to put all necessary bits together and ship it to you!


If your system doesn’t support snaps, then we currently don’t have an easy way for you to install Anbox. However, this might change in the near future.


Installing Anbox is pretty easy as we provide an installer which will install all necessary things on your system. Please be aware that the installer requires root privileges on your systems as it has to install things like additional kernel modules via DKMS. You can have a look at the installer script here.


WARNING: Before you go ahead and install Anbox on your system, please keep in mind that Anbox currently is ALPHA-level software. Not every feature is supposed to work or work well yet. You will find bugs, you will see crashes and unexpected problems. When you do so, please report a bug here.


When you’re ready to install Anbox on your system everything you need is the following command line. The installer will tell you about everything it is doing and will prompt you for any further necessary input from your side:


Install in Ubuntu 16.04

snap install --classic anbox-installer && anbox-installer

You can install Anbox with just one command in Ubuntu 16.04.

Enjoy it.



Anbox is free and open-source software that allows you to run Android apps on a Linux desktop. It is an Android emulator integrated into the Linux system, enabling you to use Android apps natively without needing a separate virtual machine.

Anbox creates a container on your Linux system that emulates the Android operating system. This container is isolated from the host system and runs the Android framework, allowing you to install and run Android apps just like you would on an Android device.

The installation process for Anbox varies depending on your Linux distribution. Some distributions, such as Ubuntu, have Anbox in their software repositories and can be installed using the package manager. Others require manual installation by downloading and compiling the Anbox source code yourself.

Not all Android apps may run on Anbox, as it is not a perfect emulation of the Android operating system. Some apps that rely on specific hardware features or APIs may need to be fixed on Anbox. However, the most commonly used apps should work fine.

Anbox is generally considered safe to use, as it is open-source software regularly updated by a community of developers. However, as with any software, it is essential to download and install Anbox from a trusted source and practice safe browsing habits when using Android apps.

Yes, Anbox is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, allowing it to be used for personal and commercial purposes. However, some restrictions may apply depending on your intended use, so reviewing the license terms before using Anbox in a commercial setting is recommended.

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