How Do I Install an APK in Anbox?

APK, APK Installations

If you are looking to run Android apps on your Linux system, Anbox is a great solution. It is an open-source application that allows you to install and run Android applications on Linux.

In this tutorial, we will be covering the steps required to install an APK file in Anbox.

Firstly, make sure that you have Anbox installed and running on your Linux system. If not, you can refer to our previous tutorial on how to install Anbox on Linux.

Once Anbox is up and running, follow these steps:

Step 1: Download the APK file that you want to install in Anbox. You can download the APK file from various sources like Google Play Store or any third-party site.

Step 2: Copy the downloaded APK file to your Linux system. You can copy it using a USB drive or any other transfer method that suits you best.

Step 3: Open the terminal on your Linux system and type in the following command:

$ sudo anbox.appmgr

This command will open up the Anbox application manager.

Note: Make sure that you have sudo privileges before executing this command.

Step 4: Once the application manager is open, click on the “Add” button located at the bottom right corner of the screen.


  • If this is your first time using Anbox, you may need to grant it permission to access your storage.
  • To do this, go to Settings > Apps > Anbox > Permissions and enable “Storage”.

Step 5: A file explorer window will appear. Navigate to the location where you copied your APK file and select it.

Step 6: Click “Open” in the file explorer window. Anbox will now begin installing the APK file.

Step 7: Once the installation is complete, you will see the installed application in the Anbox application manager.

And that’s it! You have successfully installed an APK file in Anbox.

In conclusion, Anbox is a great tool for running Android applications on Linux. It is easy to use and provides a smooth Android experience on your Linux system. By following these simple steps, you can easily install an APK file in Anbox and enjoy your favorite Android apps on your Linux system.