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Installing Arch Linux (and R) on an Android device

This is a really recent development and I am very excited about this. I finally found a way to have a somewhat proper Linux installation on my phone. Though it might not be the best place to have a CLI, it is really promising and I can rely on this to do some small stuff on the go. As the tools I use are getting simpler (Photoshop vs Imagemagick) and the hardware of the phones I own are getting better, it is should possible for my phone to do the things my 5 year old laptop could handle provided the right environment.

This is done by installing a full Arch installation on an Android phone under the termux environment using the installer from TermuxArch. The installation here is actually way easier than installing Arch on a normal desktop. We start by installing termux android app. When we open termux we get a bash shell. From here we install wget by running, pkg install wget . When this is complete we download and run the Arch installation script by,

# Download the script
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sdrausty/TermuxArch/master/setupTermuxArch.sh 
# Adding execute permissions
chmod a+x setupTermuxArch.sh
# Run the script
./setupTermuxArch.sh

Now we can just follow the instructions in the script which will download and unpack a base Arch Linux system and ask you to edit the mirror list. At this point, just  un-comment (remove the #) of the closest mirrors and save and exit the file. When the installation is complete you have a vanilla arch system on your mobile! Now we can theoretically install and use any program I have on my work desktop on my phone which including to ssh (client), vim, git, latex, R, node, postgres, mongodb, etc etc. I can even ssh into my work desktop straight from here. Below are some screenshots of the system (the chart is done entirely on phone!).

8 thoughts on “Installing Arch Linux (and R) on an Android device”

  1. You can add that instruction below for rooted phones. Otherwise I don’t understand how possible to use ssh. I can not get it on norooted device

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