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I love the idea of being able to install PlayStore apps on Ubuntu but I'm getting errors installing Anbox. I'm interested in a step by step answer (that takes any trouble shooting into consideration) so a casual Ubuntu user like myself can benefit from a working solution.

This may be a duplicate of the following question but the difference is that I'm asking for an answer that is a how to for causal users of Ubuntu 19.10: possible duplicate

I've followed the installation instructions: here which then sent me here

TROUBLESHOOTING

Due to troubleshooting comments below it appears the tutorial is leading me to install both deb and snap installations. So I have split them to troubleshoot them seperately.

Install Through Deb:

Here I've installed Anbox through deb:

max@msi:~$ sudo apt-get install anbox
[sudo] password for max: 
Reading package lists... Done
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Reading state information... Done
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  bridge-utils libboost-log1.67.0 libboost-program-options1.67.0
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  libsdl2-2.0-0 libsdl2-image-2.0-0 lxc lxc-utils lxcfs uidmap
Suggested packages:
  ifupdown btrfs-tools lvm2 lxc-templates lxctl
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  anbox bridge-utils libboost-log1.67.0 libboost-program-options1.67.0
  libboost-regex1.67.0 liblxc-common liblxc1 libpam-cgfs libprotobuf-lite17
  libsdl2-2.0-0 libsdl2-image-2.0-0 lxc lxc-utils lxcfs uidmap
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Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/anbox-container-manager.service → /lib/systemd/system/anbox-container-manager.service.
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I rebooted at this point and attempted to run Anbox and found this error:

max@msi:~$ anbox session-manager
[ 2020-02-19 15:01:01] [session_manager.cpp:130@operator()] Failed to start as either binder or ashmem kernel drivers are not loaded
max@msi:~$ 

I was able to get past this error with the following:

I downloaded the anbox-modules here under by pressing the Clone/Download button:

I extracted and used Terminal to navigate to anbox-modules-master directory:

cd anbox-modules-master/

I ran these commands:

sudo cp anbox.conf /etc/modules-load.d/
sudo cp 99-anbox.rules /lib/udev/rules.d/
sudo cp -rT ashmem /usr/src/anbox-ashmem-1
sudo cp -rT binder /usr/src/anbox-binder-1
sudo dkms install anbox-ashmem/1
sudo dkms install anbox-binder/1

I loaded the modules here:

sudo modprobe ashmem_linux
sudo modprobe binder_linux

I verified things went okay with this command:

lsmod | grep -e ashmem_linux -e binder_linux

The output looks like this:

binder_linux          163840  0
ashmem_linux           20480  0

I verified with this command as well:

ls -alh /dev/binder /dev/ashmem

I got this output:

ls: cannot access '/dev/binder': No such file or directory
crw------- 1 root root 10, 55 Feb 19 15:54 /dev/ashmem

Now I'm not sure what to do at this point because anbox won't start:

max@msi:~/anbox-modules-master$ anbox session-manager
[ 2020-02-20 00:38:23] [session_manager.cpp:130@operator()] Failed to start as either binder or ashmem kernel drivers are not loaded
  • @user535733 So I picked the deb install and updated the question. – Keenan Feb 19 at 14:54
  • @user535733 Progress, but still getting an error, please see updated question. – Keenan Feb 19 at 15:03
  • Googling that last error I found this: github.com/anbox/anbox/issues/211 – Jos Feb 19 at 15:13
  • @Keenan how you manage to add the repository in apt? It always gave me 404 error – mandaputtra Apr 1 at 2:59
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I have installed and tested the edge release from snap and it worked. Anbox from snap can be installed with the following command and run from the GUI applications:

sudo snap install --devmode --edge anbox

Important:

Please read and understand what an edge release mean before installing.

edge: for users wanting to closely track development.

Edge releases often include a moving stream of changes without QA or review promises and are typically built automatically by a CI process from an arbitrary source code snapshot. Often the CI will only publish after some sort of automatic QA passed, and code reviews remain a good practice, but these are project specific. Assume edge releases may break often.

Source

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