UserLAnd - Linux on Android

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About this app

UserLAnd is an open-source app which allows you to run several Linux distributions like Ubuntu,
Debian, and Kali.

- No need to root your device.
- Use a built-in terminal to access your favorite shells.
- Easily connect to VNC sessions for a graphical experience.
- Easy setup for several common Linux distributions, like Ubuntu and Debian.
- Easy setup for several common Linux applications, like Octave and Firefox.
- A way to experiment and learn Linux and other common software tools from the palm of your hand.

UserLAnd was created and is being actively maintained by the folks behind the popular Android
application, GNURoot Debian. It is meant as a replacement for the original GNURoot Debian app.

When UserLAnd first launches, it presents a list of common distributions and Linux applications.
Clicking one of these then leads to a series of set-up prompts. Once these have been completed,
UserLAnd will download and set up files required to start the task that has been selected. Based on
the set-up, you will then be connected to your Linux distribution or application in a terminal or
VNC viewing Android application.

Want to know more about getting started? View our wiki on Github:

Want to ask questions, give feedback, or report any bugs you've encountered? Reach us on Github:
Updated on
Apr 4, 2024

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Ratings and reviews

10.7K reviews
A Google user
April 6, 2019
One of the best Linux on Android solutions out there. I use it to run PowerShell Core, and other tools. Easy to configure and run, in fact I configured it while I was on a bus! Recent update added improvements to horizontal cursor keys (which is very nice as Gboard does not have them) making it much easier, but external keyboard is recommended. I do like flexibility that it can be used either with keyboard or on the go entirely on the screen.
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SpaceSaver UnderCover
February 1, 2021
This app works out of the box which is nice and having a desktop os on your mobile device is great for getting a PC browsing experience in Android. The fact that this app is free and doesn't require root just makes it all the better. Although, if you want Chrome instead of Firefox, a bit of finesse is required. Also, a feature I would appreciate for my Kindle Fire would be storing filesystems on your SD card. From what I hear though, incorporating that would be borderline impossible.
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Ernesto GrubH
July 15, 2023
Only had this impressive container for a few weeks, and it's taken most of my time off, some nights and keeps on leading me deep into the rabbit hole. Absolutely love it, and would recommend it to anyone starting their IT, Security or Network carrer. Yes school is always an option, but when the drive is in you, all option are required. it definitely lives up to its brand name.
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