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List of free and open-source Android applications

Most Android phones, like the Nexus S, allow installation of applications from the Play Store, F-Droid store or directly via APK files

This is an incomplete list of notable applications (apps) that run on the Android platform that meet the guidelines for free software and open-source software. For a more extensive list of apps, see the External links section below.

Contents

  • Communication 1
  • Emulators 2
  • Games 3
  • General 4
  • Multimedia 5
  • Security 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Communication

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Adblock Plus Ad blocker website apk No Yes git GNU GPL v3 L7 / 2.1+
APG Android Privacy Guard website apk Yes Yes git Apache 2.0 1.5+
ConnectBot Android SSH and telnet client website apk Yes Yes git Apache 2.0 1.5+
Chromium Android version of the Chromium web browser website Partial No git Available with additional closed source parts as Google Chrome
Firefox for mobile Android version of the Firefox web browser website apk Yes Yes MPL 2.2+
Funambol Android Sync client website apk Yes No svn AGPLv3 2.0+
K-9 Mail An advanced email client for Android website apk Yes Yes git Apache 2.0 2.2+
Orbot Android client for TorProject.org network website apk Yes Yes git BSD/GPL 1.6+
Sipdroid Free SIP/VoIP client for Android website apk Yes Yes svn GNU GPL v3 2.0+ works on 1.5
Linphone Open source video SIP VOIP client for Linux, Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android website apk Yes Yes git GNU GPL v2 2.2+
CSipSimple SIP application for Android devices website apk Yes Yes svn GNU GPL v3 1.6+

Emulators

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
ScummVM Android Port of ScummVM (emulates gaming platforms) website apk Yes Yes svn GNU GPL v2 1.5+ now officially merged into the main release
RetroArch Android Port of RetroArch website apk Yes Yes git GPLv3+[1] 2.3+
VICE Android Port of VICE website apk Yes No svn GNU GPL v2
Dolphin Android Port of Dolphin website apk Yes Yes google GNU GPL v2 4.0+

Games

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Fish Fillets NG Underwater puzzle game. website Yes No tgz GPLv2 1.6+ Port of Fish Fillets NG
Freeciv A turn based strategy game similar to Sid Meier's Civilization website apk Yes No git GPLv2 2.0+
Frozen Bubble Knock the bubbles down by making clusters of three or more bubbles in the same color. website apk Yes Yes svn GPLv2 1.6+ Port of Frozen Bubble
GLtron Lightcycle game. website apk Yes Yes git GPLv2 2.2+ Port of GLtron
Nethack Android NetHack website apk Yes No svn GPLv2 1.5+ Port of NetHack
robotfindskitten A "Zen Simulation" website apk Yes Yes Source Dir GPL 1.6+
Simon Tatham's Puzzles A portable collection of puzzle games, ported to Android website apk Yes Yes git MIT 2.1+
Warmux A turn-based artillery game website apk Yes No svn GPLv2 2.0+

General

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Android's Fortune Quotes and Fortune Cookie program website apk Yes No bzr GPLv3
Barcode Scanner Barcode reader website Yes [1] Yes [2] git Apache 2.0 4.0.3+
FBReader e-book reader website apk Yes Yes git GPL 1.5+
Google IO App for Google IO conference website Yes No git Apache 2.0
MyTracks GPS tracking application website Yes No git Apache 2.0 1.5+
Avare GPS aviation application website Yes Yes [3] github Apache 2.0 2.2+
OsmAnd Offline mapping program using OpenStreetMap data website apk Yes [4] Yes [5] git GPLv3 1.6+
PressureNET Crowd-sourced barometer network website Yes [6] No git GPLv3
Tomdroid Note taking application with online sync website apk Yes [7] Yes bzr GPLv3 1.6+ Port of Tomboy
WorldHeritage Access to WorldHeritage website apk Yes [8] Yes github GPLv2 2.2+

Multimedia

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Ringdroid Ringtone maker googlecode apk Yes Yes svn Apache 2.0 1.5/1.6+ Possible issues on KitKat (4.4), possibly inactive
Subsonic Android Client Streaming Media Player website apk Yes Yes svn GPLv3 2.1+
VLC Media player website apk Yes Yes git GPLv2+ 2.1+ Beta version
XBMC Media Center Media player, media center website apk No No git GPLv2+ Multiple Will soon be renamed to Kodi
Wikimedia Commons Client for free media repository apk Yes Yes git Apache 2.0

Security

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Prey Android version of Prey (anti-theft software) website Yes No git GPLv3
PasswdSafe Password manager website apk Yes Yes git Artistic License 2.0 1.6+
KeePassDroid Password manager website apk Yes [9] Yes [10] github GPLv3 1.5+ Port of KeePass

See also

References

  1. ^ https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=org.retroarch

External links

There are a number of third-party maintained lists of open source Android applications, including:

  • Android Open Source resources and software database
  • F-Droid Repository of free and open Android Software
  • Droid-Break, curated list of high quality open source alternatives
  • PRISM Break, curated list of open source alternatives. Inspiration for droid-break.
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