Best Free Android Apps: Termux – terminal emulator and Linux environment

There’s a strict eligibility criteria for inclusion in this series. See the Eligibility Criteria section below.

Termux offers both a capable terminal emulator and an extremely useful Linux environment (single user) on your Android device. The app provides full-blown versions of Bash, Coreutils and much more.

A minimal base system is installed, but the real power comes from the tons of packages available with the APT package manager.

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Features include:

  • Terminal emulation – access remote servers using ssh.
  • Choose your favorite shell and terminal apps. Access the power of Bash, Zsh, Emacs, Vim, nano, and much more.
  • APT package management system but Termux is not a Debian or Ubuntu distribution.
  • Packages available in Termux are the same on Linux.
  • Modern version of Python, Perl, Ruby, Node.js are available.
  • Support for keyboard shortcuts and mouse support.
  • Use your Android device as a development environment. For example you can compile C files with Clang. Build your own projects with CMake and pkg-config.

You’ll need Android 7+ and at least 200MB of disk space. AArch64, ARM, i686, x86_64 architectures are supported.

FavouriteTermux is an awesome app for both people wanting to begin their Linux adventures and there’s lots available for experienced Linux users. Besides a capable SSH client, you can use the app to develop software, automate activities with scripting, and to transfer files and synchronization.

Termux is so much more than a terminal emulator. It offers a versatile Linux environment. It’s neither a virtual machine nor any other kind of emulated or simulated environment. All provided packages are cross-compiled with Android NDK and only have compatibility patches to get them working on Android.

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Eligibility criteria

For an Android app to be awarded our love, it must satisfy the following criteria:
bullet-valid-icon High quality with a good set of features, stable in operation and mature software;
bullet-valid-icon No charge to use the app;
bullet-valid-icon No intrusive ads in the program;
bullet-valid-icon Open source and proprietary software can be included;
bullet-valid-icon Apps where additional functionality is available for a payment can be included where appropriate.
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