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BusyBox for Android

Stephen Stericson

BusyBox is a software application that provides many standard Unix tools, much like the larger (but more powerful) utilities in the GNU kernel.

BusyBox is designed as a small executable file for use with the Linux kernel, making it ideal for use with embedded devices. It has been dubbed the “Swiss Army Knife of Embedded Linux”.

BusyBox is a multifunctional set of UNIX command line utilities designed to interact with operating systems instead of using the classic visual interface. The advantages of the set are small size (you won’t have to allocate additional disk space, and memory leaks will never happen) and low hardware requirements (computers that have seen life, old smartphones and tablets – there will be no problems with launching).

To use BusyBox, you will have to learn a number of commands that interact with the operating system, or play some operations, start services and synchronization clients. To learn more about the proposed action sets, the developers suggest in the “Help” section, but the information is available exclusively in English.

BusyBox Features

  • BusyBox, although it requires the installation of Root-rights, in the future, the Android operating system carefully protects from unauthorized access from unknown programs and services. If there is a need to use the command line and then change the OS parameters, the BusyBox set will save you from unpleasant consequences.
  • The helper interface is predictable, even despite the complexity of the proposed functionality. Let the newbies not immediately understand all the nuances, but they definitely cannot harm anyone.
  • The set of commands is extensive – the developers offer in no time to open directories and start searching by templates and tags, pack data and terminate running processes, as well as schedule tasks, read files and change access rights. Some enthusiasts went even further and turned BusyBox into a platform that changes some aspects of the Android operating system: as an option, you can make the system work much faster by overclocking the CPU (you should take care of the cooling right away).
  • There are two versions of BusyBox – basic and premium. Both offer similar functionality with minimal differences.
  • And yet – everyone can figure out how to install the kit – tips and tricks will help you get to the result in a matter of seconds.

Additional Information

  • License Free
  • Requires Android 3.0 and up
  • Category Tools
  • Developer Stephen Stericson
  • Content Rating 3+

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