Android in a box
  20 reviews

Anbox is a container-based approach to boot a full Android system on a regular GNU/Linux system.

In other words: Anbox will let you run Android on your Linux system without the slowness of virtualization.

Anbox uses Linux namespaces (user, pid, uts, net, mount, ipc) to run a full Android system in a container and provide Android applications on any GNU/Linux-based platform.

The Android inside the container has no direct access to any hardware. All hardware access is going through the anbox daemon on the host. It reuses what Android implemented within the QEMU-based emulator for OpenGL ES accelerated rendering. The Android system inside the container uses different pipes to communicate with the host system and sends all hardware access commands through these.

This package needs Android kernel modules and rootfs image, see /usr/share/doc/anbox/README.Debian for information.
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ChainSwordCS 1 year ago

This particular binary might require specific installation instructions... I assume this old 2019 build is from before they migrated to Snap, and it certainly makes sense to keep this around because I am not installing Snap. But specific instructions for *this build* are nonexistent, and the generic build instructions don't work *because* this build is outdated. Personally gonna try to build from source. Edit: also I suppose this build might not be compatible with the latest versions of the Linux kernel and Linux Mint...

Omnipotent 1 year ago

Broken through the app manager

amichinel 1 year ago

First, I had to install the modules ashmen and binder following mullerivan at Also, as Linux mint doesn't accept snaps i needed to follow the procedure explained in

farukahmed852 1 year ago

It's not working on Linux Mint.

Uninvited 1 year ago

still don't work

claudiotolli 1 year ago

Alternative installation:; but for modules ahsmem and binder folllow mullerivan at

devcharls 1 year ago

Lo instale en Linux Mint 20.2 UMA y no funciono, al abrirlo se cierra y no deja operar.

capdaj1995 1 year ago

No funciona en linux mint

fatimahefm 2 years ago

Doesn't work on Mint Lmde4, or any Debian-based for that matter.

popinski 2 years ago

Still broken for LM 20.1 Cinnamon install via snap as that currently works

phd7 2 years ago

It's not simple, intuitive, easy and it's very problematic. It took a while to even get it loaded and it still didn't work, but it seems like with maybe a few more hours of troubleshooting, it might work. Big shout-out to secretdecoder for getting it working, but I've decided to give up and I'm going the VM route, which I've had much better luck with. I'm not giving it a 1 because I see potential in Anbox and it looks like in other environments it could be just fine. I'll continue to play with it, as time permits and provide updates and, hopefully, better instructions.

secretdecoder 2 years ago

I succeeded in getting anbox to run on LM 20.1 Cinnamon (Mac Air 7,2). I couldn't do it directly from the Software Manager. I had to go through the terminal. 1) Install snap 2) install anbox 3) install adb (android developer bridge to sideload APK program files). Follow the directions here: When I snap installed anbox here was the terminal command: sudo snap install anbox --beta --devmode I got GoogleMaps working in it for instance. You need x86 or universal APK files for them to run in anbox too. Was trying to get Xfinity streaming working under anbox but it is am64 only. Anyway - it will run. But takes effort. And there are further caveats within it for which Android apps will run.

HydroPhoenix 2 years ago

doesn't work on linux mint!

jcxz100 2 years ago

Doesn't seem to work in LM 20.1 either. Launch splash box shows for 30 secs, then nothing.

svenp 2 years ago

Does not start in LM20. anbox system-info shows binder:false. After create mkdir /dev/binder and mount -t binder /dev/binder show binder:true but now Failed to connect to socket /run/anbox-container.socket: No such file or directory

ZGruber 2 years ago

I'm an ultra newbie but even I know Mint doesn't support Snaps natively and best I can gather...this is a Snap.

renic 2 years ago

Does not work in LM 20 ... $ anbox launch --package=org.anbox.appmgr --component=org.anbox.appmgr.AppViewActivity X Error of failed request: BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation) Major opcode of failed request: 151 (GLX) Minor opcode of failed request: 3 (X_GLXCreateContext) Value in failed request: 0x0 Serial number of failed request: 111 Current serial number in output stream: 112

kiutolaguna 2 years ago

It doesn't work on linux mint 20 xfce the app launches with a starting status for few seconds and then disappears.

zaki99 2 years ago

t doesn't work on Mint 20 Cinnamon. The app launches with a 'Starting' status for few seconds and then disappears.

dev-asif 2 years ago

It doesn't work on Mint 20 Cinnamon. The app launches with a 'Starting' status for few seconds and then disappears. That's all it does for now.