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Works on Debian stretch on real hardware.

Does not work inside Whonix ™ VirtualBox most likely due to anbox issues inside VirtualBox.

Small chance it will work better once Whonix ™ is based on Debian buster.

Install Anbox[edit]

Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

Upgrade the system.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Install the linux-image-amd64 adb fastboot linux-headers-amd64 anbox package.

sudo apt-get install linux-image-amd64 adb fastboot linux-headers-amd64 anbox

The procedure is complete.

Change directory to the /var/lib/anbox folder.

cd /var/lib/anbox

Download anbox andorid image.

sudo curl --tlsv1.2 --remote-name

Download anbox andorid image sha256sum file.

sudo curl --tlsv1.2 --remote-name


sha256sum --check android_amd64.img.sha256sum

Should show:

android_amd64.img: OK

Rename android_amd64.img to android.img. [1]

sudo mv android_amd64.img android.img

Reboot required?

sudo reboot


Start Anbox[edit]

From Start Menu[edit]

Start menuAccessoriesAnbox

From Command Line[edit]


anbox launch --package=org.anbox.appmgr --component=org.anbox.appmgr.AppViewActivity

Anbox Issues[edit]

user@host:~$ anbox check-features
Your computer does meet all requirements to run Anbox
user@host:~$ sudo anbox check-features
Your computer does meet all requirements to run Anbox
env ANBOX_LOG_LEVEL=debug anbox session-manager
libEGL warning: DRI2: failed to authenticate
[ 2018-12-31 12:16:33] [Renderer.cpp:168@initialize] Using a surfaceless EGL context
[ 2018-12-31 12:16:33] [Renderer.cpp:193@initialize] Failed: Missing egl_image related extension(s)
[ 2018-12-31 12:16:33] [service.cpp:41@Service] Successfully acquired DBus service name
Stack trace (most recent call last) in thread 3080:
#7    Object "[0xffffffffffffffff]", at 0xffffffffffffffff, in 
#6    Object "/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/", at 0x7f324fdb8ace, in clone
#5    Object "/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/", at 0x7f3251e76493, in 
#4    Object "anbox", at 0x56263e972600, in emugl::Thread::thread_main(void*)
#3    Object "anbox", at 0x56263e89832c, in RenderThread::main()
#2    Object "anbox", at 0x56263e96d7a3, in renderControl_decoder_context_t::decode(void*, unsigned long, IOStream*)
#1    Object "anbox", at 0x56263e8f558e, in 
#0    Object "anbox", at 0x56263e8f8555, in RendererConfigList::getPackInfo(int*, int*) const
Segmentation fault (Address not mapped to object [(nil)])
Segmentation fault

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  1. anbox-container-manager.service expects this file name.
  2. Start anbox systemd service.

    sudo systemctl start anbox-container-manager.service

    Check if anbox systemd service is functional.

    sudo systemctl status anbox-container-manager.service

    Should show something similar to the following.

    ● anbox-container-manager.service - Anbox Container Manager
       Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/anbox-container-manager.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
       Active: active (running) since Mon 2018-12-31 06:23:49 EST; 874ms ago
         Docs: man:anbox(1)
      Process: 1996 ExecStartPre=/usr/share/anbox/ start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
      Process: 1991 ExecStartPre=/sbin/modprobe binder_linux (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
      Process: 1986 ExecStartPre=/sbin/modprobe ashmem_linux (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
     Main PID: 2074 (anbox)
        Tasks: 9 (limit: 4915)
       Memory: 5.1M
          CPU: 51ms
       CGroup: /system.slice/anbox-container-manager.service
               └─2074 /usr/bin/anbox container-manager --daemon --privileged --data-path=/var/lib/anbox
    Dec 31 06:23:48 debian systemd[1]: Starting Anbox Container Manager...
    Dec 31 06:23:49 debian systemd[1]: Started Anbox Container Manager.
  3. /usr/share/applications/anbox.desktop