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Easiest way to install Android OS via Linux. No Grub fiddling!

gauthamp10 profile image Gautham Prakash Updated on ・2 min read

Let's get to business right away. We will be installing an android fork from https://www.android-x86.org/

Step 1 - Download the Android x86 rpm file

Download either of 32bit or 64bit .rpm package of android-x86 from https://www.android-x86.org/download.html


Note : Step 2 is not applicable for (Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS/SUSE) users since rpm package can be installed in those by default. Skip on to Step 3

Step 2 - Installing alien package

Install alien package for your linux distro. 'Alien' is a computer program that converts different Linux package distribution file formats. It supports conversion between Linux Standard Base, RPM, deb, Stampede (.slp) and Slackware (tgz) packages.

  • Ubuntu/ LinuxMint/ Debian users can do
sudo apt install alien

Step 3 - Installing the Android x86 rpm file.

Note :The installation may take around 3-5 minutes depending upon the read/ write speeds.

For (Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS/SUSE) users, as you all know run:

sudo rpm -ivh android-x86-version.rpm

For (Ubuntu/Debian/Linux mint) users, run:

sudo alien -ci android-x86-version.rpm

Volá! 🤩 Now you are ready with android x86 desktop O.S.
Reboot and you will see a boot entry with Android x86 tag. If it doesn't show up, just change the grub timeout using Grub Customizer or manually press Esc while booting up to show boot entries.


Note :

  • Do remember to enable Native Bridge from android settings to enjoy android desktop to the prime.
  • You could launch the installed Android-x86 in a QEMU virtual machine if needed.
  • To uninstall the O.S files and boot entry. Use the usual package uninstalling method of you distribution.

Enjoy your day 💖.

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