Android emulator for running apps on Linux. Waydroid is the successor to Anbox, so you might want this one instead.

Anbox is not (and probably never will be) officially supported by the Mobian project. It is not available in Mobian repositories nor in the Debian “main” archive, which are the only ones enabled by default.

Do not expect the same performance you get from native apps, expect frequent crashes, difficult input, and high CPU usage.

Please keep in mind you will run into issues and report those directly to upstream.

Here be dragons.

Scale to fit:

App ID:



Phone Compatibility:

3/5, functional problems are not Mobian specific but Anbox itself

How to install:

To enable Anbox, you will need to first enable the contrib repo by running sudo sed -i “/main/ s/$/ contrib/” /etc/apt/sources.list and then sudo apt update

If /etc/apt/sources.list does not exist make it with vi or whatever editor you like and add this line enabling the experimental Debian repo and adding contrib sources

deb sid main contrib non-free

after creating that file update your sources, do a: sudo apt update

Then install anbox, sudo apt install anbox adb

Then download a working arm64 Android image, one can be found here(includes F-droid FOSS-only alternate app store installed):

Move android.img to /var/lib/anbox/ (you must create this directory first)

Now you must create three systemd services files:

/etc/systemd/system/dev-binderfs.mount :




/etc/systemd/system/anbox-container-manager.service :

Description=Anbox Container Manager
Documentation=man:anbox(1) dev-binderfs.mount

#ExecStartPre=/sbin/modprobe ashmem_linux
#ExecStartPre=/sbin/modprobe binder_linux
ExecStartPre=/usr/share/anbox/ start
ExecStart=/usr/bin/anbox container-manager --daemon --privileged --data-path=/var/lib/anbox
ExecStopPost=/usr/share/anbox/ stop


/etc/systemd/user/anbox-session-manager.service :

Description=Anbox Session Manager

ExecStart=/usr/bin/anbox session-manager


and create /usr/local/sbin/mount_binderfs :


if [ ! -d /dev/binderfs ]; then
        if ! mkdir /dev/binderfs; then
                exit 1

if ! mountpoint -q /dev/binderfs; then
        mount -t binder binder /dev/binderfs

and sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/sbin/mount_binderfs

Now run:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload && sudo systemctl restart anbox-container-manager.service && systemctl --user restart anbox-session-manager.service


Alternate setup using the Librem5 fork

In four steps to the solution:

1. You need to modify /etc/apt/sources.list to include contrib and the source code repository for those packages:

deb bullseye main contrib
deb-src bullseye main contrib

2. Then install build dependencies, clone the repo, build and install:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install devscripts
sudo apt build-dep anbox
git clone
cd anbox
debuild -b -us -uc
sudo dpkg -i ../anbox_0.0*.deb

3. On a PC (running a Debian-like OS), install build dependencies and generate the android.img image file:

sudo apt install squashfs-tools gcc
git clone
cd anbox-image-builder

4. Then, copy the android.img file to /var/lib/anbox/ and add this line to /etc/fstab:

none                                            /dev/binderfs   binder  nofail          0       0

After a reboot you should then be able to start Anbox from the launcher.