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Wikipedia application for Android running on Anbox
Wikipedia application for Android running on Anbox
Original author(s)Marius Gripsgard, Ricardo Mendoza, Simon Fels, Thomas Voß
Developer(s)Anbox authors
Initial release11 April 2017; 3 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]

Technical overview[edit]

It executes the Android runtime environment by using LXC (Linux Containers), recreating the directory structure of Android as a mountable loop image, whilst using the 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]

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.
  • The SPURV compatibility layer[5] is a similar project developed by Collabora.
  • Wine - A Windows compatibility layer for Unix-like systems.


  1. ^ "anbox/anbox". GitHub.
  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. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  4. ^ "anbox/anbox". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  5. ^ "Running Android next to Wayland".

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