F-Droid desktop client.
go get -u mvdan.cc/fdroidcl/cmd/fdroidcl
While the Android client integrates with the system with regular update checks and notifications, this is a simple command line client that talks to connected devices via ADB.
Download the index:
Show all available apps:
Install an app:
fdroidcl install org.adaway
update Update the index search <regexp...> Search available apps show <appid...> Show detailed info about an app devices List connected devices download <appid...> Download an app install <appid...> Install or upgrade app uninstall <appid...> Uninstall an app defaults Reset to the default settings
A specific version of an app can be selected by following the appid with an colon (:) and the version code of the app to select.
You can configure what repositories to use in the
config.json file. On Linux,
you will likely find it at
You can run
fdroidcl defaults to create the config with the default settings.
Advantages over the Android client
- Command line interface
- Batch install/update/remove apps without root nor system privileges
- No need to install a client on the device
What it will never do
- Run as a daemon, e.g. periodic index updates
- Act as an F-Droid server
- Swap apps with devices
- Index verification relies on HTTPS (not the JAR signature)
- The tool can only interact with one device at a time
- Hardware compatibility of packages is not checked