UserLAnd – Run several Linux distributions

[App] UserLAnd

UserLAnd  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:

UserLAnd user reviews :

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.

Good stuff, runs all my software including X, wxMaxima, python, GCC , javac etc! Only problem is with accessing terminals e.g. for running top or using an interactive SSH, but that is more because of extra security settings on Android 10.0 so it is not fair to blame the userland developers for that!

Great but… As you know we will notice storage loss by installing several tools and nevertheless , internal storage will be filled bit by bit so I just think you could add an option to be able to load the exported distro file fully from sdcard , not just import from sdcard loading in internal storage and decreasing available free space!

Great fun. I’d tried it around seven years ago but phones are so much faster now, I thought I’d give it another try – everything is so easy and just works. It even has a built-in SSH client now! I look forward to putting it through its paces. I love it that with just a few steps I’ve got multiple distros in my phone.

Guys I just want you to tell you all that this app is great it works very well and excellent . Running Kali or all other Linux without rooting device or changing your os is not a easy work but the developers of User Land app make it possible so huge round of applause . And thank for providing such great experience . So guys use this app without any hesitation. Thanks again for providing such a great quality product.

I’m giving 4 stars because kali used to work perfectly fine with xfce4 as the desktop environment but after the update with ssh preinstalled it’s saying dbus-launch error… I don’t know maybe some server issue now I’m forced to use lxde as the default environment. It works fine though I used to prefer xfce4. Otherwise everything else works just as fine so a big thumbs up

Better. I mean, actually I want it to work better than other applications. Yeah .., maybe because the app can’t make any sound, browser options available are only Mozilla Firefox.

I LOVE it! The fact that you need internet to run a VM kinda bothers me tho, if you see this, please work on an offline mode, too.

I used Ubuntu and installed different programs like, git, python, gcc and so on using apt-get. When I opened the App next day all programs were lost. Means that one have to re install each program again. So is this is how this App work then, it has no practical use. I wanted to know whether other people who installed this App could continue expanding the Ubuntu programs without losing. The developer may kindly answer me. Thanks.

Really nice Linux experience on the Android side I just wish the mouse movement was more exact for devices with a stylus it was very hard moving Windows around with a stylus such as the Galaxy tab s6 lite and the s pen

Functionality reduced since Android 10. Because this app does not use root, it is limited by what Android will allow it to do. Maxima, and various LISP versions won’t work anymore, due to MPROTECT Permission Denied. I used to like Maxima and have it installed on my real Linux machines. Too bad I can’t have it with this app.

Amazing what it can do -without- having to be rooted, it’s like having a second virtual machine in my phone! I would like to see more documentation without having to have to sign on as a developer to see how it works so I could be confident of how sandboxed it is and learn how to install other distros

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