Obtainium (Android App Downloader)

Obtainium is an Android app, found on Github that downloads and installs applications direct from the Github/lab/source page.

Advantages over RSS method:

  • Faster to setup than RSS method for those that don’t use RSS feeds
  • Less steps involved than the RSS method to install
  • sends push notifications when updates are available.
  • tells you the version of the app you’re running
  • can bulk import from your starred github/gitlab pages
  • Non technical users that aren’t comfortable with installing APKs can have it all done for them.

General Limitations:

  • App installs are assumed to have succeeded; failures and cancelled installs cannot be detected.
  • Auto (unattended) updates are unsupported due to a lack of any capable Flutter plugin.
  • For some sources, data is gathered using Web scraping and can easily break due to changes in website design. In such cases, more reliable methods may be unavailable.
  • Cannot install apps from source that require compiling or are contained within an archive (e.g. .ZIP)

I recommend adding prior to the ‘Manually with RSS Notifications’ section of the Android page here.

The “Verifying APK Fingerprints” section is also still relevant to this method.

I do like this app, however I’m not sure it’s a better solution than what we currently recommend without this feature being added:

We may still consider adding it because some of the other benefits you mentioned are pretty nice, however this one is definitely possible with RSS feeds already.


The new plugin mentioned above has a dealbreaker - see #46. Switching back to the old one; this issue is blocked for now…

It seems that this won’t be happening for now. In light of that, I think it’s best to hold off until this happens, because the other benefits are dubious compared to a normal RSS reader.

It is still in beta afaik so it can’t be recommend for the masses. Generally the updates work really well.
It does install updates now without any user prompts after downloading the APK which is neat.

Not really sure why this is required. Aurora also does not have this and neither did Neo Store. The app notifies the user pretty well that it has to trigger download. This is at this point the only required interaction. Still would wait until it is out of beta.

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