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Original author(s)Marius Gripsgard, Ricardo Mendoza, Simon Fels, Thomas Voß
Developer(s)Anbox authors
Initial release11 April 2017; 6 years ago (2017-04-11)
Operating systemLinux
Platformx86-64, ARM, ARM64
TypeCompatibility layer
LicenseGNU GPL v3[1]

Anbox is a free and open-source compatibility layer that aims to allow mobile applications and mobile games developed for Android to run on Linux distributions.[2] Canonical introduced Anbox Cloud, for running Android applications in a cloud environment.[3]

Anbox executes the Android runtime environment by using LXC (Linux Containers), recreating the directory structure of Android as a mountable loop image, while using native Linux kernel to execute applications. It makes use of Linux namespaces through LXC for isolation. Applications do not have any direct hardware access, all accesses are sent through the Anbox daemon.[4]

Anbox was deprecated on February 3, 2023 as it's no longer being actively maintained.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Android-x86 - An open source project that makes an unofficial porting of Google's Android mobile operating system to run on devices powered by AMD and Intel x86 processors, rather than RISC-based ARM chips.
  • BlueStacks has developed an App Player for Windows and MacOS capable of running Android applications in a container.
  • The SPURV compatibility layer[6] is a similar project developed by Collabora.
  • Waydroid is also Android in a container on a regular Linux system, using Wayland
  • Wine - A Windows compatibility layer for Unix-like systems.


  1. ^ "anbox/anbox". GitHub. 4 January 2023.
  2. ^ Lynch, Jim (2017-04-12). "Anbox: Run Android apps in Linux". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  3. ^ "Canonical's Anbox Cloud puts Android in the cloud". TechCrunch. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  4. ^ "anbox/anbox". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  5. ^ "Add deprecation notice to README by morphis · Pull Request #2121 · anbox/anbox". GitHub. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  6. ^ "Running Android next to Wayland".

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