F-Droid server and build tools.

F-Droid Server

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Server for F-Droid, the Free Software repository system for Android.

The F-Droid server tools provide various scripts and tools that are used to maintain the main F-Droid application repository. You can use these same tools to create your own additional or alternative repository for publishing, or to assist in creating, testing and submitting metadata to the main repository.

For documentation, please see, or you can find the source for the documentation in fdroid/fdroid-website.

What is F-Droid?

F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device.


Note that only Python 3 is supported. We recommend version 3.4 or later.

The easiest way to install the fdroidserver tools is on Ubuntu, Mint or other Ubuntu based distributions, you can install using:

sudo apt-get install fdroidserver

For older Ubuntu releases or to get the latest version, you can get fdroidserver from the Guardian Project PPA (the signing key fingerprint is 6B80 A842 07B3 0AC9 DEE2 35FE F50E ADDD 2234 F563)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:guardianproject/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fdroidserver

On OSX, fdroidserver is available from third party package managers, like Homebrew, MacPorts, and Fink:

brew install fdroidserver

For Arch-Linux is a package in the AUR available. If you have installed yaourt or something similiar, you can do:

yaourt -S fdroidserver

For any platform where Python's easy_install is an option (e.g. OSX or Cygwin, you can use it:

sudo easy_install fdroidserver

Python's pip also works:

sudo pip3 install fdroidserver

The combination of pyvenv and pip is great for testing out the latest versions of fdroidserver. Using pip, fdroidserver can even be installed straight from git. First, make sure you have installed the python header files, venv and pip. They should be included in your OS's default package manager or you can install them via other mechanisms like Brew/dnf/pacman/emerge/Fink/MacPorts.

For Debian based distributions:

apt-get install python3-dev python3-pip python3-venv libjpeg-dev zlib1g-dev

Then here's how to install:

git clone
cd fdroidserver
pyvenv env/
source env/bin/activate
pip3 install -e .
python3 install

Drozer Scanner

There is a new feature under development that can scan any APK in a repo, or any build, using Drozer. Drozer is a dynamic exploit scanner, it runs an app in the emulator and runs known exploits on it.

This setup requires specific versions of two Python modules: docker-py 1.9.0 and requests older than 2.11. Other versions might cause the docker-py connection to break with the containers. Newer versions of docker-py might have this fixed already.

For Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libffi-dev libssl-dev python-docker