GNU and Privacy Apps (Android)

Some of the android apps that I use which are either under GNU GPL licences or is respecting users privacy

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RemovedUserList by RemovedUser, last updated 2021-04-12
  1. F-Droid icon

    The F-Droid Repository is an easily-installable catalogue of free and open source apps for Android. With F-Droid, it's easy to browse and install apps on your device, and keep track of updates. You can also browse the repository with a web browser, and download the app...

    • App Store
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • ...
    F-Droid screenshot 1
    F-Droid screenshot 2
    F-Droid screenshot 3
  2. Termux icon

    Ready to go. Termux works directly with no rooting or setup required. At first start a minimal base system is installed automatically - you decide what to do next.

    • ...
    htop running natively
  3. Fennec F-Droid  icon

    Browser using the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards.

    • ...
    Start page
    Fennec F-Droid  screenshot 2
    Extension support
  4. Tor Browser icon

    The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning...

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • OpenBSD
    • ...
    Tor Browser screenshot 1
  5. OsmAnd icon

    OsmAnd is a map and navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality OpenStreetMap data.

    • ...
    OsmAnd screenshot 1
    OsmAnd screenshot 2
    OsmAnd screenshot 3
  6. RedReader icon

    RedReader - An unofficial open source Reddit client for Android.

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    RedReader screenshot 1
  7. OpenStreetMap icon

    OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. It is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.

    • ...
    Search Result
  8. Orbot icon

    Orbot is a freely licensed open-source application developed for the Android platform. It acts as a front-end to the Tor binary application, and also provides an HTTP Proxy for connecting web browsers and other HTTP client applications into the Tor SOCKS interface.

    • VPN Service
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
    Orbot screenshot 1
    Orbot screenshot 2
    Orbot screenshot 3
  9. Nitter icon

    Nitter is a free and open-source front-end mirror of Twitter, which allows you to consult Twitter, with a focus on privacy.

    • Social Network
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • Google Chrome
    • F-Droid
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Nitter screenshot 1
  10. Minds icon

    Minds is a free, open-source platform for launching digital brands, social networks, and mobile apps. It operates as a social network and is available in both decentralized and centralized versions. The platform, co-founded by Bill Ottman, supports free speech and offers...

    • Social Network
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
    Minds.com homepage
  11. Markor icon

    Markor is a TextEditor for Android, versatile, flexible, and lightweight. Markor utilizes simple markup formats like Markdown and todo.txt for note-taking and list management. It is versatile at working with text; it can also be used for keeping bookmarks, copying to clipboard...

    • ...
    Markor screenshot 1
    Markor screenshot 2
    Markor screenshot 3
  12. Magisk Root icon

    Magisk Root is one of the latest and well known Android Rooting tool. Magisk is the first systemless root tool and allows you to install unsupported Apps for Rooted devices without unrooting.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • ...
    Magisk Root screenshot 1
    Magisk Root screenshot 2
    Magisk Root screenshot 3
  13. K-9 Mail icon

    K-9 is an open source email client for Android with multi-folder sync, email signatures, Bcc-to-self, return-address configuration, keyboard shortcuts, Exchange Support, message flagging, IMAP deletes, saving attachments, configurable notifications and more.

    • Email Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    K-9 Mail screenshot 1
  14. Kodi icon

    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect companion to a home theater PC - it supports an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its...

    • Media Center
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Flatpak
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Fire TV
    • ...
    Kodi screenshot 1
  15. INSTEAD icon

    INSTEAD – interpreter of simple text adventures for Unix and Windows!.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • ...
    INSTEAD screenshot 1
  16. Hacker's Keyboard icon

    Are you missing the key layout you're used to from your computer when using an Android device? This software keyboard has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for...

    • ...
    Hacker's Keyboard screenshot 1
  17. FreeOTP+ (fork of FreeOTP) icon

    FreeOTP+ is a fork of FreeOTP with an updated user interface and with backup/restore functionality (to external files or via built-in Android backup/restore).

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    FreeOTP+ (fork of FreeOTP) screenshot 1
    FreeOTP+ (fork of FreeOTP) screenshot 2
  18. Clover icon

    Wings for your Windows Explorer!

    Clover is an extension of the Windows Explorer, to add multi-tab functionality similar to Google Chrome browser. After Clover is installed, you will be able to open multiple folders in tabs within the same window, and you can also be able to add.

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    Entire app window
  19. BusyBox icon

    BusyBox is a single binary that provides several stripped-down Unix tools in a single executable. It runs in a variety of POSIX environments such as Linux, Android, FreeBSD and others. It was specifically created for embedded operating systems with very limited resources.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    • ...
    BusyBox screenshot 1
  20. Bitwarden icon

    Bitwarden is the easiest and safest way to store your logins and passwords across all of your devices (iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Windows, Mac, Linux, and more). Bitwarden is FREE and open source.

    • Password Manager
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Tor Browser
    • Safari
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Flatpak
    • Cloudron
    • Opera
    • Chocolatey
    • Mono
    • Brave
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • ...
    Desktop app on macOS
  21. AntennaPod icon

    A free and open source podcastmanager for Android, allowing you to subscribe to podcasts (via iTunes database & OPML), automatically download episodes using powerful mechanisms and listen to them the way you like (speed, balance adjustments, etc).

    • ...
    AntennaPod screenshot 1
    AntennaPod screenshot 2
    AntennaPod screenshot 3
  22. AnLinux icon

    AnLinux allow you to run Linux on Android without root access. by using Termux and PRoot technology, you can even run SSH and Xfce4 Desktop Environment

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • ...
    AnLinux screenshot 1
    AnLinux screenshot 2
    AnLinux screenshot 3
  23. AdAway icon

    An ad blocker that uses the hosts file. The hosts file contains a list of mappings between hostnames and IP addresses. When an app requests an ad, that request is directed to 127.0.0.1 which does nothing.

    • Ad Blocker
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    AdAway screenshot 1
    AdAway screenshot 2
    AdAway screenshot 3
  24. Open Camera icon

    Open Camera is an Open Source Camera app for Android phones and tablets. Features:

    • Camera App
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Open Camera screenshot 1
  25. Phonograph Music Player icon

    Probably the best looking music player out there.

    • ...
    Phonograph Music Player screenshot 1
    Phonograph Music Player screenshot 2
    Phonograph Music Player screenshot 3
  26. Ripple App icon

    Ripple is a "panic button" that can send it's trigger message to any app that is a "panic responder". Such apps can do things like lock, disguise themselves, delete private data, send an emergency message, and more.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Ripple App screenshot 1
    Ripple App screenshot 2
    Ripple App screenshot 3
  27. Element icon

    Element is a secure collaboration and messaging app based on the Matrix protocol. It’s decentralised to deliver digital sovereignty, and based on an open standard for easy connections and interoperability. It is end-to-end encrypted by default.

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Matrix.org
    • Flathub
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    Video calls for desktop and mobile
  28. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

    • Media Player
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple TV
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • Android TV
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    VLC Media Player screenshot 1
  29. NewPipe icon

    NewPipe is a lightweight YouTube front-end for Android. Also YouTube Music . Beta support for SoundCloud , .

    • YouTube Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • SoundCloud
    • YouTube Music
    • Bandcamp
    • YouTube
    • F-Droid
    • PeerTube
    • ...
    Trending,
  30. Feeder RSS feed reader icon

    Feeder is a fully free/libre feed reader. It supports all common feed formats, including JSONFeed. It doesn't track you. It doesn't require any setup. It doesn't even need you to create an account!

    • RSS Reader
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Feeder RSS feed reader screenshot 1
    Feeder RSS feed reader screenshot 2
    Feeder RSS feed reader screenshot 3
  31. Tachiyomi icon

    Ad-free, open-source manga hub for Android with robust language support and privacy-centric design.

    • ...
    Main Library; Light Theme
    Main Library with tag; Dark Theme
    Installed Source page
  32. Fedilab icon

    Fedilab is a multifunctional Android client to access the distributed Fediverse, consisting of micro blogging, photo sharing and video hosting.

    • ...
    Fedilab screenshot 1
    Fedilab screenshot 2
    Fedilab screenshot 3
  33. Twidere icon

    Tired of seeing ads and promotions in your timeline, being disrupted by tweets from bots and people you don't like, or just want a pure Twitter experience back like the good old days? Try Twidere for Twitter!

    • ...
    Twidere screenshot 1
  34. Linux CLI Launcher icon

    Linux CLI lets you use a custom, linux command line interface as your home screen.

    • ...
    Linux CLI Launcher screenshot 1
    Linux CLI Launcher screenshot 2
    Linux CLI Launcher screenshot 3

This list was created by RemovedUser Feb 9, 2020 and was last updated Apr 12, 2021. The list has 34 apps.

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Sam Lander
CommentJul 14, 2023

Good list. I think you added Clover on here by mistake though.

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Sam Lander

Instead is also discontinued.

Reply written Jul 14, 2023

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