Container configuration

Anbox Cloud enables you to configure a container in a variety of ways.

Geographical Location

Anbox Cloud allows specifying a static geographical location which is provided to the Android container. The location is configured in the file /var/lib/anbox/static_gps_position within the Anbox container.

The location data is constructed in the following format:

<Latitude>,<Latitude in hemisphere>,<Longitude>,<Longitude in hemisphere>

For example:


You can find details about the different parts of the location in the following table.

Field Value type Description
Latitude float In the format of (d refers to degrees, m refers to minutes). For example: 4807.038 = 48 degrees 7.038 minutes
Latitude in hemisphere char Latitude hemisphere N (northern hemisphere) or S (southern hemisphere)
Longitude float In the format of (d refers to degrees, m refers to minutes). For example: 1131.001 = 11 degrees 31.001 minutes
Longitude in hemisphere char hemisphere E (east longitude) or W (west longitude)

To make the file /var/lib/anbox/static_gps_position available to Android container, you can create a file that contains GPS data with the above format and move that file from ADDON_DIR to /var/lib/anbox/static_gps_position via an addon install hook during its installation time. Then when Android container gets started and an application requests the current location information through Android framework, the GPS data will be forwarded from Anbox session to the application.

Display Settings Configuration

Anbox Cloud provides a way of inserting user data to Android container upon its launch which can configure the display settings for swrast platform.

By default when launching a container on the swrast platform without specifying the display settings through user data, the following display specification will be used:

Display specs Value
Width 1280
Height 720
FPS 60
Density 160

If you want to change the display settings of Android container, you need to provide a combination of a numeric formatting string as follows:

<Display width>,<Display height>,<FPS>,<Display Density>

The first two fields which imply display width and display height respectively are required, however the latter two are optional.
And when launching a container, supply the display settings via user data:

$ amc launch --userdata="960,720,30,120" -p swrast <application>

Then the supplied display setting will be applied after the container gets started.

Backup and Restore Application Data

Backup and restoration of application data can be achieved easily with the aam (Anbox Application Manager) utility helper installed in the image. The aam can bundle any necessary application data together into a tarball file or uncompress the tarball file to a particular application folder according to the specified package name.

For example, if you want to backup user data of a particular application with aam and upload the resulting tarball file to the cloud storage service when a container is stopped, in an addon backup hook, you can:

 #!/bin/sh -ex
aam backup com.canonical.candy
TARBALL_FILE=$(basename $(find ./ -name *.tar.bz2))
 # Upload the tarball to public or private cloud storage service
curl -i -X POST --data-binary @"${TARBALL_FILE}" <cloud_storage_upload_url>

If boot-package can be retrieved from apk file or specified in the application manifest file, you can also backup the boot application data simply with the flag --boot-package.

$ aam backup --boot-package

aam will automatically query the boot package name from the container and backup the relevant application data. As result aam will create a tarball file with the name <package name>.tar.bz2.

The application data can be restored with the following restore hook when a container is up and running:

#!/bin/sh -ex
# Download the tarball from public or private cloud storage service
if curl -o app-data.tar.bz2 <cloud_storage_download_url> ; then
  aam restore -p app-data.tar.bz2 com.canonical.candy

or by relying on the boot package of the container:

$ aam restore -p app-data.tar.bz2 --boot-package

Sometimes, not every piece of data is useful (E.g. cache) and backing up the entire application data takes long time and occupies more disk space if the application data is large. aam supports two filters to backup files that match wildcards patterns:

Filter Description
include Include files in resulting tarball with a wildcard
exclude Exclude files in resulting tarball with a wildcard

Please refer to the pattern syntax here

For example, with the following filters:

$ aam backup com.canonical.candy \
     --include=/data/data/com.canonical.candy/cache/*.db \
     --include=/data/data/com.canonical.candy/new_level/fixture* \
     --exclude=/sdcard/Android/data/com.canonical.candy/user_data/*.jpeg \

The resulting tarball file will include the following files:

  • Files with db suffix below the folder /data/data/com.canonical.candy/cache
  • Files with fixture prefix below the folder /data/data/com.canonical.candy/new_level

And exclude the following files:

  • Files with jpeg suffix below the folder /sdcard/Android/data/com.canonical.candy/user_data
  • Files with cfg suffix below the folder /data/data/com.canonical.candy/new_level