Anbox, short for Android in a Box, is a powerful tool that allows users to run Android applications on their Linux-based systems. Zorin OS, a user-friendly Linux distribution, is no exception to this capability. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of installing Anbox on Zorin OS, complete with the necessary commands and explanations.
Update your system
Before installing any new software, it is essential to ensure that your system is up to date. Open a terminal and type the following commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
This will update the package list and upgrade the existing packages on your Zorin OS system.
Install required dependencies
Anbox relies on certain packages and tools to function properly. Use the following command to install these dependencies:
sudo apt install -y software-properties-common
Add the Anbox repository
Anbox is not available in the default Zorin OS repositories. To install it, you need to add the Anbox repository. Enter the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:morphis/anbox-support sudo apt update
This adds the Anbox PPA (Personal Package Archive) to your system, allowing you to install Anbox and its associated components.
Now that the repository is added, install Anbox using the following command:
sudo apt install -y anbox-modules-dkms anbox-image-gapps anbox-ubuntu-touch android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
This command installs the Anbox modules, a pre-configured Android image with Google Apps, and the necessary Android tools for communication with the Anbox container.
Load the Anbox kernel modules
After the installation is complete, you need to load the Anbox kernel modules. Execute the following commands:
sudo modprobe ashmem_linux sudo modprobe binder_linux
These modules provide the required shared memory and inter-process communication mechanisms for Anbox to function.
Start the Anbox session
Launch the Anbox session with the following command:
This command starts the Anbox session manager, creating a containerized environment for Android applications to run on your Zorin OS desktop.
Open Anbox Application Manager
To interact with the installed Android applications, you need to open the Anbox Application Manager. Run the following command:
anbox launch --package=org.anbox.appmgr --component=org.anbox.appmgr.AppViewActivity
This command opens the Anbox Application Manager, allowing you to install, manage, and run Android applications on Zorin OS.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Anbox on Zorin OS, enabling you to run Android applications seamlessly on your Linux desktop. This guide provided a detailed, step-by-step approach, including the necessary commands and explanations, to ensure a smooth installation process. Now you can explore the vast world of Android apps within your Zorin OS environment.