Anbox - Run Android Applications and Games

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Anbox allows Android applications and mobile games to run inside Whonix.


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To use Anbox with Whonix, apply the following steps.

1. Follow the general Kicksecure specific instructions.

Since Whonix is based on Kicksecure, the user can follow these instructions Kicksecure logo Anbox The Web Archive Onion Version (links to the Kicksecure website)

2. Follow Whonix specific instructions.

3. Done.

Other Whonix specific notices can be found below.

Anbox Configuration[edit]

Derivative Specific[edit]

Disabling Whonix-Workstation Firewall is unfortunately required. Otherwise there would be no network access. [1]


1. Inside Whonix-Workstation.

(Qubes-Whonix: inside StandaloneVM (better!) or Template).

sudo systemctl mask whonix-firewall

2. Disable in Whonix-Workstation Firewall.

Open file /etc/systemcheck.d/50_user.conf in an editor with root rights.


This box uses sudoedit for better security.


NOTE: When using Qubes-Whonix, this needs to be done inside the Template.

Others and Alternatives

  • This is just an example. Other tools could achieve the same goal.
  • If this example does not work for you or if you are not using Whonix, please refer to this link.

sudoedit /etc/systemcheck.d/50_user.conf


systemcheck_skip_functions+=" check_whonix_firewall_systemd_status "


3. Reboot.

This is required to unload Whonix-Workstation firewall rules and to have Anbox load its firewall rules.

sudo reboot

Android x86 as a Workstation[edit]

There are both distinct advantages and disadvantages of running Android applications in Android x86 Workstation. [3]

Table: Android x86 Workstation Advantages and Disadvantages

Category Notes
Bootloader / Ramdisk It is possible to use Magisk to achieve root permissions and hide root from applications on Android x86. [4]
  • It is possible to use adb if Android x86 uses the same internal network as the Gateway and Workstation. [5]
  • Root access - Android x86 has a pre-installed superuser binary and manager so root access works out of the box. Applications with root access will work without any additional setup.
Networking Android x86 provides a virtual Wi-Fi interface (wlan0) so applications think that a real Wi-Fi connection is established (Anbox uses a bridge network interface).
Operating System The full Android stack implemented as Android x86 is a full operating system which requires hardware virtualization.
Security This configuration is less secure than utilizing a Whonix-Workstation. [6]
Software Any version of Android from 4.x to 9.x can be installed.
Speed This configuration is slower than anbox installation as Android x86 VM does not provide any type of Guest Additions meaning no graphic card drivers are supported.

To check running anbox within kicksecure (same applied for Whonix-Workstation) check Anbox inside Kicksecure ™ Advantages and

Forum Discussion[edit]


  1. This is because Anbox comes with its own bridged network. Whitelisting that interface in Whonix-Workstation firewall is undocumented and might require source code modifications. Patches are Welcome.
  3. Some individuals have already achieved this.
  4. Also, it may be possible to run ssh-server on Whonix-Workstation and connect the Android x86 through Termux or similar.
  5. Although it may have more flexibility, as static IP connections on the Android x86 Workstation have been accomplished.

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