Install Instructions

Arch Linux

Some of our friends have started putting together all the install instructions for Arch over on the arch wiki:
Waydroid - ArchWiki

Postmarket OS

Thanks to the Postmarket community, you can also find instructions and troubleshooting tips on their wiki:
Waydroid - postmarketOS


The community was kind enough to post the install instructions for Mobian on their Doku pages:
waydroid [Mobian Wiki]

Zorin OS

User @Aman9das has put together a detailed guide for installing Waydroid on Zorin OS:
GitHub - Aman9das/Waydroid_Setup_Guide

Sailfish OS

A few of the contributors to sailfishos-open have put together a resource for installing Waydroid on the OS:
GitHub - sailfishos-open/waydroid: Waydroid packaging for Sailfish OS


User Aleasto has put together a nice guide for Fedora that does not require a 3rd party kernel install:
aleasto/waydroid Copr
Otherwise, Karuboniru's blog post details the steps needed to get Waydroid up and running with kernel modifications:
Waydroid on Fedora
Karuboniru's Blog

KISS Linux

User Mederim has come up with a guide for getting Waydroid on KISS Linux:
GitHub - Mederim/kiss-waydroid: kiss repo to package waydroid

Ubuntu/Debian Based Install Instructions


These instructions work for ubuntu focal, ubuntu hirsute, debian bullseye, droidian, ubports, and likely more. We will continue to update this document as the project further develops

Install Pre-requisites

sudo apt install curl -y
Waydroid requires the following in order to work properly on your PC:
  • python3
  • lxc
  • curl
  • Wayland session manager IMPORTANT!!
  • ⚠️ NVIDIA GPUs do not work as of now, try using iGPU of your CPU or software rendering instead.
  • Wayland session manager comes with distros running GNOME by default (Ubuntu, Pop!_OS, Fedora, etc), so no need to install separately.
  • Other desktop environments/window managers, might not support Wayland out of the box. (KDE Plasma does after 5.21)

Install Waydroid

Install ca-certificates, if not already installed.
sudo apt install ca-certificates
Check your distro (codename) for the next step
lsb_release -c
Add the repo to your sources.list
  • Add waydroid repo (for droidian & ubports, this step can be skipped) Replace DISTRO="bullseye" with your current target. Options: focal, bullseye, hirsute
export DISTRO="bullseye" && \
sudo curl -# --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -Sf --output /usr/share/keyrings/waydroid.gpg && \
echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/waydroid.gpg] $DISTRO main" > ~/waydroid.list && \
sudo mv ~/waydroid.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/waydroid.list && \
sudo apt update
install Waydroid:
sudo apt install waydroid -y
And start the init process:
sudo waydroid init
Then start the waydroid container service (or just simply reboot):
sudo systemctl start waydroid-container


Manually Starting Waydroid

To start Waydroid without systemctl, you need to follow a few simple steps
Start the container first:
sudo waydroid container start
And in a new terminal tab, start the waydroid session (without sudo):
waydroid session start
After that starts and you see "Android with user 0 is ready", it is safe to launch an app from the applications menu, or

Launch Waydroid In Full-Screen Mode:

(This can be run while Waydroid is running, or used to start it in full-screen mode)
waydroid show-full-ui

Launch Waydroid In Multi-Window Mode:

First we need to set the property while a Waydroid session is running:
waydroid prop set persist.waydroid.multi_windows true
After that, we can restart the container:
sudo systemctl restart waydroid-container
Then we are ready to launch an app, and it will start in multi-window mode

Reinstalling Waydroid

Sometimes things don't go as planned and you need to remove it all and start over. To do that, follow the steps below:
First, make sure you have stopped the session and containers:
waydroid session stop
sudo waydroid container stop
Then it is safe to remove Waydroid:
sudo apt remove waydroid
After you remove Waydroid, reboot.
Then once logged back in, we need to do a little cleanup:
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/waydroid /home/.waydroid ~/waydroid ~/.share/waydroid ~/.local/share/applications/*aydroid* ~/.local/share/waydroid
Then can reinstall and run the init command again:
sudo apt install waydroid
sudo waydroid init