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BotBrew Basil

Debian package management

Botbrew Basil is a frontend application which allows to install Debian in a chroot on your Android device, and manage installed packages and running services via comfortable UI.

Botbrew release "Basil" uses dpkg, unlike previous release Botbrew "Anise" (not available as open-source) which used opkg. It uses official Debian and Emdebian package repositories, though some bootstrap and support packages are downloaded from

Before deleting the Botbrew bootstrap directory, open the control/preferences window and tap 'exit' to make sure everything has been unmounted properly.

Status: Experimental

Requires root: Yes


Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version (24) suggested Added on 2013-03-06

    This version requires Android 2.2 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

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