How to Install Linux on Android TV Box

by Natalie

It is quite common to use Linux on PCs and smartphones. Have you heard of accessing Linux on Android TV/ Android TV Box? Yes, you can also get Linux on Android TV from the Play Store. The UserLAnd is a free-to-download app that provides Linux distributions and Built-in terminals. The UserLAnd app provides a simple interface for easy access. It brings Linux to your Android TV without any rooting. It is the best option to learn and work on various Linux software tools.

In this article, you will learn how to get Linux on your Android TV Box. Suppose you are new to Linux. We have mentioned how to use Linux on your Android TV.

How to Install Linux on Android TV from Play Store

1. Go to the home screen on your Android TV and click on Apps.

Choose Apps

2. Open the Google Play Store and click the Search icon.

Select Search icon

3. Enter UserLAnd in the search bar and locate the app.

4. Select UserLAnd from the suggested result.

5. Click Install to get the app on your Android TV.

6. Once the app is installed, click Open to launch the app.

How to Sideload UserLAnd on Android TV to Access Linux

Suppose the UserLAnd app is not available for Android TV. So, to stream its content, you need to sideload it using the Downloader app.

1. Install the Downloader app on your Android TV from the Play Store.

Install Downloader

2. Click the Settings icon on your Android TV.

3. From the options, go to Device PreferencesSecurity & Restrictions.

Select Security & Restrictions

4. Click Unknown Sources → Turn on the Downloader toggle.

5. Now, open the Downloader app on Android TV from the home screen.

6. Tap Allow to accept the storage permissions.

7. Choose Home from the left pane, and enter the download link of UserLAnd APK [] in the URL field.

Enter UserLAnd APk

8. Click Go to download the APK file on your Android TV.

9. Once the file is downloaded, open it and click Install.

10. Then, click Open to launch the app.

How to Use UserLAnd App on Android TV Box

1. Open the UserLAnd app on your Android Smart TV.

2. You have to select your preferred Linux Distribution. UserLAnd app supports some Linux Distributions, namely Ubuntu, Arch, Kali, Alpine, and Debian.

Steps to Use UserLAnd App on Android TV

3. Enable the storage permission for the Linux Distribution that you have selected.

4. Now, you have to enter the username and password.

Enter the username and password

5. After entering the details, click on Continue.

6. Next, you have to select the connection type. You can see three options, namely, SSH, VNC, and XSDL.

Choose the connection type

7. After selecting the connection type, the required software will be downloaded.

8. You can see a menu on your Android TV screen that asks for a password.

Enter the password

9. Now, enter the password that you used in the beginning.

10. In this step, the files that are needed to install Linux on your Android TV Box will start to download.

11. Update the files by entering the Linux command

apt update && apt upgrade

12. To launch the desktop environment, you have to enter the Linux codes that you see below.

Linux coding for Android TV

How to Install Apps on Linux

You can only install and use the applications that support Linux. To install third-party apps on your Linux, run the following commands.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install xxx

In the place of xxx, you can type the name of the app that you want to download. For example, sudo apt install Firefox.

To install and use Linux OS, your Android TV Box should have a lot of free memory. You can’t install Linux on all the Android TV Boxes. Some of the recommended Android TV Boxes to install Linux are XBMCMart Smart Android TV Box Player, AntFraer Android TV Box, and Android TV Box RK3318.

Supported Android TVs

  • Sony Smart TV
  • TCL Smart TV
  • OnePlus Smart TV
  • Sharp Smart TV
  • Vu Smart TV
  • Philips Smart TV
  • Xiaomi Mi Smart TV
  • Hisense Smart TV

Supported Android TV Boxes

  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Airtel Xstream
  • MXQ Pro 4K
  • Mi Box 4K


1. Is Android TV based on Linux?

Android TV OS is powered by Linux Kernel. But, it is completely different from Linux OS.

2. Can Android smartphones run Linux?

No, Android smartphones can’t run Linux OS. But you can use the UserLAnd to run Linux software.

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