List of free and open-source Android applications

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Most Android phones, like the Nexus S, allow installation of applications from the Play Store, F-Droid store or directly via APK files

This is an incomplete list of notable applications (apps) that run on the Android platform which meet guidelines for free software and open-source software. For a more extensive list of apps, see the External links section below.

Communication[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Adblock Plus Ad blocker website page No Yes
github GNU GPLv3 L7 / 2.1+
APG OpenPGP and key management website list Yes
Yes
github Apache 2.0 1.5+ Integrates with K-9 Mail. OpenKeychain available as more up-to-date alternative[1]
ConnectBot SSH, telnet, and terminal emulator website list Yes
Yes
google Apache 2.0 1.5+
Chromium Web browser using Blink engine website Non-free No git [1] Available with additional proprietary components as Google Chrome
CSipSimple SIP & VoIP client website list Yes
Yes
svn GPLv3 1.6+
Firefox for mobile Web browser customizable with add-ons, uses Gecko engine. website list Yes
Yes
mercurial MPL 2.2+ Planned to be removed from F-Droid; "Fennec" dev builds also available at F-D.[2]
I2P Anonymizing network layer website apk
list
? Yes
github
list
Apache 2.0 2.3+ Alpha release; do not rely upon it for strong anonymity. I2P also maintain their own F-Droid repo.[3]
Jitsi Videoconferencing and instant messenger website list No No zipballs
github
LGPLv2.1 ? Android version is experimental Alpha release.
K-9 Mail Advanced email client website list Yes
Yes
github Apache 2.0 2.2+ Supports OpenPGP integration with APG or OpenKeychain
Linphone Video SIP/VOIP client website list Yes
Yes
[4]
git GPLv2 2.2+
Orbot Client and proxy for Tor anonymity network website apk Yes
Yes
git BSD/GPL 1.6+
RedPhone Encrypted calling website Yes
[5]
No github GPLv3
Sipdroid SIP/VoIP client website list Yes
Yes
svn GPLv3 2.0+ works on 1.5
Telegram Client for proprietary messaging platform website ? Yes Yes github GPLv2 2.2+ F-Droid build is based on forked repo[6]
TextSecure Encrypted messaging website Yes
[7]
No github GPLv3
WordPress Official WordPress client website ? Yes
[8]
Yes
[9]
github GPLv2 2.3+

Emulators[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
ScummVM Emulates multiple gaming engines website apk Yes
Yes
svn GPLv2 1.5+
RetroArch Emulates multiple platforms website list Yes
No github GPLv3[2] 2.3+
VICE Commodore hardware website list Yes
No svn GPLv2
Dolphin Nintendo GameCube and Wii website apk Yes
Yes
github GPLv2+ 4.0+ Requires device with support for OpenGL ES 3 or above
DeSmuME Nintendo DS emulator upstream
android
list Yes
Yes
git GPLv2 2.3.3+ Port to Android as nds4droid
Mupen64Plus Nintendo 64 emulator upstream
android
Yes
[10]
Yes
[11]
github GPLv3 2.0+ Unofficial port as Mupen64 Plus AE.
PPSSPP PlayStation Portable website apk Yes
Yes
[12]
github GPLv2+ 2.3+

Games[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
2048 Mathematics sliding block puzzle website Yes
[13]
Yes
[14]
github MIT 2.2+ Port of 2048
Battle for Wesnoth Turn-based strategy game in a fantasy setting upstream
android
sourceforge
list Partial No tarballs GPLv2 ? Ported to Android with SDL
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup Rogue-like website Yes
No git GPLv2+ Text-based version also available [15]
Fish Fillets NG Underwater puzzle game. website Yes
No tgz GPLv2 1.6+ Port of Fish Fillets NG
Freeciv A turn based strategy game similar to Sid Meier's Civilization website apk Yes
No github GPLv2 2.0+
Frozen Bubble Knock the bubbles down by making clusters of three or more bubbles in the same color. website apk Yes
Yes
svn GPLv2 1.6+ Port of Frozen Bubble
GLtron Lightcycle game. website apk Yes
Yes
github GPLv2 2.2+ Port of GLtron
H-Craft Championship SciFi 3D racing game. website Yes
No
bitbucket ZLIB 3.2+ Media is proprietary, but free for personal use.
Nethack Android NetHack website list Yes
No svn GPLv2 1.5+ Port of NetHack
OpenArena First person shooter similar to Quake 3 (see: id Tech 3) upstream
android
list Yes
[16]
No github
[17]
GPLv2 1.6+ Unofficial port by "pelya" using SDL 1.2[3]
OpenTyrian Vertical shoot 'em up upstream
android
list Yes
[18]
No github GPLv2 1.6+ pelya SDL port[3]
robotfindskitten A "Zen Simulation" website apk Yes
Yes
Source Dir GPL 1.6+
Simon Tatham's Puzzles A portable collection of puzzle games, ported to Android website apk Yes
Yes
github MIT 2.1+ May be incompatible with newer Android releases
Warmux A turn-based artillery game website apk Yes
No svn GPLv2 2.0+

General[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Android's Fortune Quotes and Fortune Cookie program website list Yes
Yes
[19]
bzr GPLv3
Avare GPS aviation application website Yes
Yes
[20]
github Apache 2.0 2.2+
Barcode Scanner Barcode reader website Yes
[21]
Yes
[22]
github Apache 2.0 4.0.3+
BOINC Participate in distributed grid computing initiatives website ? Yes No git GPLv3+[4] 2.3+
DuckDuckGo Widget for privacy focused search engine website ? Yes Yes github Apache 2.0 2.2+
FBReader e-book reader website apk Yes
Yes
github GPL 1.5+
Galaxy Zoo Classify galaxies in crowdsourced astronomy project website Yes Yes github GPLv3
Google IO App for Google IO conference website Yes
No git Apache 2.0
iFixit Official iFixit reader website ? Yes Yes github GPLv3 2.2+
Impress Remote Presentation remote control for LibreOffice website ? Yes
[23]
Partial
[24]
git MPL2[5] 2.3+
MuPDF PDF and XPS viewer website ? Yes Yes git AGPL 2.2+
OsmAnd Offline mapping program using OpenStreetMap data website Yes
[25]
Yes
[26]
git GPLv3 1.6+
ownCloud Client for synchronization server website ? Yes Yes github GPLv2 4.0+
PressureNET Crowd-sourced barometer network website Yes
[27]
No github GPLv3
SageMath Client for mathematical software website ? Yes
[28]
Yes
[29]
github GPLv3 2.0+
Sugar environment One Laptop per Child learning platform upstream
android
Yes
[30]
Yes
[31]
github Apache 2.0 2.3.3+ Ported as Sugarizer. Also available in Firefox Marketplace [32].
Tomdroid Note taking application with online sync website list Yes
[33]
Yes
bzr GPLv3 1.6+ Port of Tomboy
Wikipedia Access to Wikipedia website apk
list
Yes
[34]
Yes github GPLv2 2.2+

Multimedia[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Kodi (formerly XBMC) Media player, media center website list Yes
[35]
No github GPLv2+ Multi
Ringdroid Ringtone maker googlecode Yes
Yes
github Apache 2.0 4.1+
Subsonic Streaming Media Player website list Yes
Yes
svn GPLv3 2.1+
VLC Media player website list Yes
Yes
git GPLv2+ 2.1+
Popcorn Time Media player utilizing BitTorrent protocol website ? No No git GPLv3+
(AGPL exception)[6]
?
Wikimedia Commons Client for free media repository website list No Deprecated
github Apache 2.0 2.3+ No longer being maintained.[7]
Tribler Decentralized video sharing website ? Yes
No github LGPL v2.1+ 3.0+

Security[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
KeePassDroid Password manager website list Yes
[36]
Yes
[37]
github GPLv3 1.5+ Port of KeePass
PasswdSafe Password manager website list Yes
Yes
git Artistic License 2.0 1.6+
Prey Anti-theft and monitoring website Yes
No github GPLv3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Get the Code: Checkout, Build, Run & Submit
  2. ^ RetroArch / COPYING. github.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b https://github.com/pelya/commandergenius
  4. ^ "boinc-v2.git / COPYING". boinc.berkeley.edu. 
  5. ^ F-Droid - Impress Remote. f-droid.org. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  6. ^ Popcorn Time Foundation. android / LICENSE.md. git.popcorntime.io. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  7. ^ Hartman, Derk-Jan WikimediaMobile Pulling the Commons app lists.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 27 November 2014.

External links[edit]

There are a number of third-party maintained lists of open-source Android applications, including:

  • PRISM Break, curated list of security focused open-source alternatives.
  • Droid-Break, curated list of general purpose open-source alternatives. Inspired by PRISM-break.