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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.

Communication[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
Adblock Plus Ad blocker website page No Yes git GNU GPLv3 L7 / 2.1+
APG Android Privacy Guard website list Yes Yes git Apache 2.0 1.5+
ConnectBot Android SSH and telnet client website list Yes Yes google 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
CSipSimple SIP application for Android devices website list Yes Yes svn GPLv3 1.6+
Firefox for mobile Android version of the Firefox web browser website list Yes Yes MPL 2.2+
Funambol Android Sync client website list Yes No svn AGPLv3 2.0+
K-9 Mail An advanced email client for Android website list Yes Yes git Apache 2.0 2.2+
Linphone Open-source video SIP VOIP client for Linux, Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android website list Yes No git GPLv2 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 list Yes Yes svn GPLv3 2.0+ works on 1.5
TextSecure encrypted messaging website Yes[1] No git GPLv3

Emulators[edit]

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 GPLv2 1.5+ now officially merged into the main release
RetroArch Android Port of RetroArch website list Yes Partial git GPLv3+[1] 2.3+
VICE Android Port of VICE website list Yes No svn GPLv2
Dolphin Android Port of Dolphin website apk Yes Yes google GPLv2 4.0+
DeSmuME Nintendo DS emulator upstream
android
list Yes Yes git GPLv2 2.3.3+ port to Android as nds4droid
PPSSPP PlayStation Portable website apk Yes Yes[2] git GPLv2+ 2.3+

Games[edit]

Application name Description Website Availability License API Note
APK Play Store F-Droid Sources
2048 Mathematics sliding block puzzle website ? Yes[3] git MIT Port of 2048
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup Rogue-like website Yes No git GPLv2+ text-based version also available [4]
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
OpenArena First person shooter similar to Quake 3 (see: id Tech 3) upstream
android
list Yes[5] No git[6] GPLv2 Unofficial port by "pelya" using SDL 1.2[2]
OpenTyrian Vertical shoot 'em up upstream
android
list Yes[7] No git GPLv2 pelya SDL port[2]
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[edit]

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 [8] Yes [9] 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 [10] github Apache 2.0 2.2+
OsmAnd Offline mapping program using OpenStreetMap data website [11] Yes [12] Yes [13] git GPLv3 1.6+
PressureNET Crowd-sourced barometer network website Yes [14] No git GPLv3
Tomdroid Note taking application with online sync website apk Yes [15] Yes bzr GPLv3 1.6+ Port of Tomboy
Wikipedia Access to Wikipedia website apk Yes [16] Yes github GPLv2 2.2+

Multimedia[edit]

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 website list Yes Yes git Apache 2.0
Tribler Decentralized video sharing website Yes No git LGPL v2.1+ 3.0+

Security[edit]

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 [17] Yes [18] github GPLv3 1.5+ Port of KeePass

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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

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