Installing Anbox with Google play store on Arch Linux made easy

Anbox - an android operating system inside a container which uses the same kernel of the host operating system.

It is one of the ways to run android in a general PC/laptops. There are a few advantages like isolated android system from the existing OS.

The working environment looks far more native than just a virtual environment. Definitely not a device-specific hence it is possible to use on various architectures like armhf,arm64,amd64 and also distributed through snap store hence its available for all Linux distros supporting snap.

In this way, Arch Linux namely Manjaro distro has been rising its bar with every month with respect to usage and quality.

They even launched their version to arm64 devices like raspberry pi4, rockpi4, orchid devices. Hence, this tutorial becomes even more interesting now.

Generally, Arch Linux doesn't have major repos problems. so, it is possible to try this out on all platforms.

Another Arch Linux based operating system - Reborn OS - comparatively much smaller community-based in Arch Linux groups. But, they configured anbox installation on their own and made it support their operating system.



The things we are going to try are very simple, using Reborn OS repositories inside any arch Linux platform is easy and possible.

Follow the below steps to add reborn repo into your arch Linux, we have tested in Manjaro.

1- Just enter your terminal and type in:

sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf

...to open up the file that has all the repos in it.

2- Add these lines to the file:

[Reborn-OS]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/reborn-mirrorlist

3- Close the file, and then run:

sudo nano /etc/pacman.d/reborn-mirrorlist
In this file, add the following lines:

################################################################################
#################### Reborn OS mirrorlist generated by hand ####################
################################################################################

# US Server
Server = https://repo.rebornos.org/RebornOS/

# European Server
Server = http://repo-de.rebornos.org/Reborn-OS/

4- Save the file.

5- Download and enable the reborn-keyring package so our package signatures are recognized:

wget http://repo.rebornos.org/RebornOS/rebornos-keyring-20180302-1-any.pkg.tar.xz

sudo pacman -U rebornos-keyring-20180302-1-any.pkg.tar.xz --noconfirm

6- From there, it is a simple matter of refreshing pacman so it can “see” that change:

sudo pacman -Syy

Now, open package manager(add/remove programs) and search for anbox,

You could see anbox-reborn package waiting for build.



make build and install anbox-reborn. but, don't open it.

Anbox needs the existing kernel packages to establish lxc over it. Hence, install linux kernel headers via pacman

Follow the commands below:

sudo pacman -S dkms



sudo pacman -S linux414-headers linux414

or else you can search on package manager and install based on your kernel version.

After doing this, you can start the Configure anbox.


click on configure anbox option which will start the process of installation with opening up xterm.

After this, you can see various password requirement based on installation. Once this is done, your Anbox will start up quite nicely.

With the options you have now to install apps via side loading apps into it can be done through configure anbox. But, to get real feet of installing playstore we need more than that.

Follow up few steps to install playstore on Anbox,

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/geeks-r-us/anbox-playstore-installer/master/install-playstore.sh

this downloads th package of playstore installation

chmod +x install-playstore.sh


sudo ./install-playstore.sh

this installs the playstore.

Open terminal and run anbox.appmgr

To see the playstore inside it.