Development testers for Anbox
Hi, has anyone tried to install anbox on a bq M10 HD yet?
i have , but anbox-tool is telling me i need to flash the kernel, but i did that?!
i followed instructions from here: https://docs.ubports.com/en/latest/userguide/dailyuse/anbox.html
might there be some step missing? or is the anbox-boot-cooler.img not functional?
arubislander last edited by
@yougo: Just stating the obvious, but it is a mistake that I made initially when trying anbox on my M10FHD: Did you use the correct name for the boot partition when flashing the boot image (
Exciting progress. I sucessfully installed Anbox on my FP2. For installing additional apks; I tried to install adb android-tools-adb:
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ sudo apt install android-tools-adb Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following NEW packages will be installed: android-tools-adb 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 108 not upgraded. Need to get 64.1 kB of archives. After this operation, 152 kB of additional disk space will be used. E: You don't have enough free space in /var/cache/apt/archives/.
This is confusing, because the system info says, that there is more than 23 GB free space on my FP2.
Some idea to resolve this issue?
Ingo last edited by
Using pawlinskis approach from https://forums.ubports.com/post/14023
sudo mount -o rw,remount /
sudo rm -r /var/cache/apt
sudo tune2fs -m 0 /dev/loop0
sudo apt update
sudo apt install android-tools-adb
sudo mount -o ro,remount /
The system image has just 2 GB and the commands above free some of that space. The 23 GB free storage you mentioned is the part of the storage reserved for user data.
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ anbox-tool status Kernel: NOT OK System: NOT FOUND Enabled: NO Running: NO
Prior to installing I grew the ubuntu.img / system.img to have enough space for apt on
Somehow the kernel does not get installed... Anyone has solved this?
Maybe this is relevant: I bought the Android version of the tablet - then installed UBports UT. Maybe this changes the boot partition / image?
@arubislander So did I. Maybe
I've tried it on BQ m10 FHD and it does not seem to work.
I've flashed the Kernel and installed anbox-tool but i can't install it, because it says the Kernel isn't installed.
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ anbox-tool install Anbox kernel is not installed! Please flash this first! phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ anbox-tool status Kernel: NOT OK System: NOT FOUND Enabled: NO Running: NO
I tried reflashing it a couple of times, without success.
Can someone point me to the used kernel source for
baconanbox. The one in github seams not to have the "anbox" changes.
Ingo last edited by Ingo
Maybe this is useful feedback
These are the apps that work for me with anbox on Fairphone 2
- Threema (Polling instead of Push notifications)
- WhatsApp (probably also polling)
- my banking app
But please take note: I haven't tested those in depth and am not using them on my daily driver, so maybe some problems went unnoticed so far.
What didn't work
- AdAway (needs root)
- Bücherhallen (doesn't run without gapps; managing wish list works)
- car2go (doesn't run without gapps)
- DB Navigator (crashes immediately on start)
- Drive Now (doesn't run without gapps)
- Firefox (looks as if it works, but web pages are rendered entirely black)
- iButtons (simply doesn't start)
- Real Drum (simply doesn't start)
- Stadtrad (doesn't run without gapps)
- vlc (upper third of screen remains black, the app window seems shifted down and lower part is not visible)
@ingo also Telegram works
@ingo Thanks for your recommendation. The installation did work, but then a system update of UBports has detroyed my Fairphone. No, problem, it is a developer device. I was able to recover my Fairphone and install Anbox abein with the android tools as described on the documentation page: https://docs.ubports.com/en/latest/userguide/dailyuse/anbox.html
I could mange to install FDroid from a download and then Yalp Store within FDroid. Running Yalp Store seems to be to abitious. Yalp Store crashes while logging into the Play Store. So, in general Anbox is working on my Fairphone.
Sometimes the interaction with Android apps is liettle bit tricky because of the missing back navigation button on the system level. Alien Davlik adds a navigation bar with a back button. Maybe this could be an approach for Anbox either. The disadvantage would be a smaller screen.
I payed around with Google apps to check the system integration. It seems, that Anbox is completely isolated.
Does someone know, where I can find the storage for Anbox? I try to import an adressbook export in the related Android App.
@pawlinski try to use test image (anbox-boot-$CODENAME-test.img)
Hiya i just wanted to leave a link here. I accidentally started another thread. If you read into this link you'll find the instructions on how i installed Anbox on an OPO. So far successful. I just need some time to 'play' with it now to see where it is at and what can be done with it: https://forums.ubports.com/topic/2202/anbox-for-opo/7
@marc_aurel Storage is in ~/anbox-data/data/media/0/
@bodow Thanks for the clear advice. Unfortunately I'm struggling with accessing the storage for Anbox.
I tried to copy my address-book to the Anbox container:
adb push contacts.vcf /home/phablet/anbox-data/data/media/0/ adb: error: failed to copy 'contacts.vcf' to '/home/phablet/anbox-data/data/media/0/': remote Permission denied contacts.vcf: 0 files pushed. 142.5 MB/s (720808 bytes in 0.005s)
I also can't access the media directory. I only can list the content of the data directory, but I can't switch to a subordinated directory.
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~/anbox-data/data$ sudo ls -l [sudo] password for phablet: total 5136 drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Dec 13 18:20 adb drwxrwxr-x 2 system system 4096 Dec 13 18:20 anr ... drwxrwx--- 4 1023 1023 4096 Dec 13 18:20 media ... phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~/anbox-data/data$ cd media bash: cd: media: Permission denied phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~/anbox-data/data$ sudo cd media sudo: cd: command not found phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~/anbox-data/data$
I have a similar problem if I use the file manage on the device. But I also tried an
adb pushcommand within the device without success.
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~/Downloads$ adb push contacts.vcf /data/sdcard/Download failed to copy 'contacts.vcf' to '/data/sdcard/Download': secure_mkdirs failed: Permission denied
@marc_aurel just my 2 cents here. Did you try, before to navigate into the anbox folder, to type
sudo suand gaining the root access?
Second hint: you could try to move first your contacts file to an accessible folder, as for example Documents or Downloads, with
adb pushfrom your PC and then, from the terminal on your PC, you could type
adb shell, since I found out the latter has some limitations in writing on the phone partition. In the end, you could just copy your file, maybe better with root privilege, to
Ingo last edited by
Someone suggested the following somewhere
mkdir -p /home/phablet/AnboxHome sudo chmod -R 777 /home/phablet/anbox-data/data/media/0 sudo mount --bind /home/phablet/anbox-data/data/media/0 /home/phablet/AnboxHome
But with the clear hint that making things 777 generally is not a good idea.
Of course the minimal way would be just the second line. The other are just there to have an easier/shorter path.