Obtain apk files
This is a very basic question. I just installed anbox on my Oneplus One but... how do I obtain new apk files for the android apps? For instance, how do I get the apk file for Spotify?
Marathon2422 last edited by
apkmirror or here`s a bad word , google it
I tend to pull the APKs off a second device that still runs android.
dobey last edited by
Or look into installing something like Aurora Store if you want apps from play store.
@Ingo Do you mind elaborating on how you pull the APKs off the second device?
Found the place where I posted an example: https://forum.fairphone.com/t/ubports-16-04-updates-feature-tests/36656/90?u=ingo
- connect the android phone with USB cable and USB debugging enabled
- list all packages with
adb shell pm list packages
- get the full path for the package name you’re interested in:
adb shell pm path com.example.someapp
- pull the APK using the output of the last command:
adb pull /data/app/com.example.someapp /path/to/desired/destination/com.example.someapp.apk
aclifton314 last edited by aclifton314
Awesome. Thank you!
Is there a certain place on the ubports phone I need to
adb pushthe app? And to install it on the ubports phone, are these instructions sufficient ?(https://docs.ubports.com/en/latest/userguide/dailyuse/anbox.html)
I'm not sure which specific package I should pull as I see multiple ones:
$ adb shell pm path com.spotify.music package:/data/app/com.spotify.music-1/base.apk package:/data/app/com.spotify.music-1/split_config.armeabi_v7a.apk package:/data/app/com.spotify.music-1/split_config.xhdpi.apk
So I tried the base package, did
adb push base.apk /home/phablet/Downloadsand then following the Anbox documentation (all commands entered from my PC with my ubports phone connected via USB):
adb shell sudo mount -o rw,remount / sudo apt update adb install /home/phablet/Downloads/base.apk
but I get:
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ adb install /home/phablet/Downloads/base.apk adb install /home/phablet/Downloads/base.apk * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 * * daemon started successfully * error: device offline - waiting for device -
and it just hangs. Any thoughts?
Marathon2422 last edited by
does your device need to be authorised IE, an "allow " window clicked on ? . To Allow adb connection
@Marathon2422 I'm not sure. I just reflashed my OPO (ubports device) to start over. I got anbox reinstalled and adb installed on my OPO:
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ adb devices adb devices * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 * * daemon started successfully * List of devices attached emulator-5558 offline phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$
I can copy the spotify app from my android, to my PC, and push to the OPO (I put it in
/home/phablet/Downloadsas the instructions suggest).
$ adb devices List of devices attached 8a8165fa device $ adb push base.apk /home/phablet/Downloads base.apk: 1 file pushed. 4.4 MB/s (16892152 bytes in 3.634s) $ adb shell phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ ls /home/phablet/Downloads ls /home/phablet/Downloads base.apk
So it seems I can push the apk, but I can't install it:
$ adb shell phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ ls /home/phablet/Downloads ls /home/phablet/Downloads base.apk phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ sudo mount -o rw,remount / sudo mount -o rw,remount / phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ sudo apt update sudo apt update Ign:1 http://repo.ubports.com xenial InRelease Hit:2 http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports xenial InRelease Hit:3 http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports xenial-updates InRelease Hit:4 http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports xenial-security InRelease Hit:5 http://repo.ubports.com xenial Release Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done 133 packages can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see them. phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ adb install /home/phablet/Downloads/base.apk adb install /home/phablet/Downloads/base.apk error: device offline - waiting for device -
It just hangs. On the OPO I find:
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ adb devices adb devices List of devices attached emulator-5558 offline
Don't know if that is helpful or not. Maybe I am doing something wrong? I also don't know if
base.apkis even the correct thing to try to install since there were two others choices when I did
adb shell pm path com.spotify.musicon my android device.
IIRC when the adb command shows that the device is offline, try to start one of the pre-installed android apps. That should get it "online".
If that still doesn't work, there is an alternative method to install apps as described in https://forums.ubports.com/post/12491
@Ingo, thank you for the response. Naively, to start a preinstalled android app do I just tap it or is it better to start it with adb some how?
Just tap it