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Getting a Terminal on Android device

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Stephen510, Dec 25, 2019.

  1. Stephen510

    Stephen510 Lurker
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    Hello,
    I know that android is a version of Linux, which means it should have a terminal. Im wondering if it's possible to access that terminal on an android device. If that is not possible is there a ROM that would allow me to? The main purpose of the terminal access is I plan to run python scripts.

    Any advice helps.
    -Thanks
     


  2. Best Answer:
    Post #2 by mikedt, Dec 25, 2019 (2 points)

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  3. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Termux, install it from F-Droid.
    https://f-droid.org/app/com.termux

    Apparently that can run Python stuff, and other Linux type things. Should run on any Android device, no root or custom ROM required.
     
  4. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    +1 for Termux! :D It's not only an excellent terminal emulator, but an entire Linux environment.

    You're able to run some standard *nix commands out of the box, but what sets it apart from other terminals is that you can install things, using apt. Visit its wiki for lots of info.

    If you're going to use a terminal (or not!), I highly recommend Hacker's Keyboard. It does a great job of replicating a real keyboard, like on a computer, and is very customizable.

    Here's a shot of both apps:

    Screenshot_20191226-164111.png

    Just wondering why you recommend that, Mike? I installed mine from Play; Termux itself provides links to both Play and F-Droid. :thinking:
     
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  5. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Well... Why the sudden intrest in it?

    I am just wondering why would you need a hacker keyboard, know anyone need to be hacked :p
     
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  6. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    In what? :thinking:
    First, get the common, but incorrect, idea of 'hacker' out of your head. :eek: This article may help, as it explains what the word actually means--and it's not malicious.
    Being able to do that and actually doing it are very different things. As are hacking for recreational purposes, and cracking with devious intent.

    As for the keyboard, my interest in it is far from new--I've used it forever [in Android time]. And although its name leads to misinterpretation, it's really just an excellent, full keyboard, intended for heavy users of computer keyboards who want their same functionality on Android.
     
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  7. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Thanks for the feedback :)
     
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