Help F-Droid acquire system privileges

Note: F-Droid will need root privileges to install this app as a system app.

F-Droid can make use of system privileges or permissions to install, update and remove applications on its own. The only way to obtain those privileges is to become a system app.

This is where the Privileged Extension comes in - being a separate app and much smaller, it can be installed as a system app and communicate with the main app via AIDL IPC.

This has several advantages:

  • Reduced disk usage in the system partition
  • System updates don't remove F-Droid
  • The process of installing into system via root is safer

This is packaged as an OTA (Over-The-Air) update ZIP file. It must be installed using TWRP or other Android recovery that can flash updates to the system from the /data/data/org.fdroid.fdroid folder on the /data partition. The standalone APK is called F-Droid Privileged Extension.

License: Apache-2.0

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For full details and additional technical information, see this application's page on the F-Droid wiki.


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.

Version d88972bc6a6de608483ac930fed92e5bfb9451ccd6a9d077268b798c1655d735 - Added on 2017-03-17

This version is built and signed by the original developer.

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