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
Sep 18, 2023

Data safety

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Ratings and reviews

8.64K reviews
Micah Kelly
December 5, 2023
I wanted this app to work, i truly did. I tried it on 4 completely different phones and got exactly zero features to work even the tiniest bit. I'm thinking this was probably released before it was finished, with the devs expectations being a bit delusional. Including using Firefox as a feature selling point should have been a red flag.
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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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November 28, 2023
It's ad free. That's the only benefit. Uses broken methods and just doesn't work like it says. Also, from what I can tell not a clean uninstall. I tried Ubuntu and it mostly worked but some helpful files were missing and it caused a few problems trying to get them. Also, somehow I got it to run inside the app without a viewer until it just didn't? Had too much problems with the Ubuntu and tried debian but that just straightup didn't install. I think this might work on other Android versions tho.
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What's new

Target newer versions of Android
Send people to Settings->Apps->UserLAnd if the refused a required permission