Download Tiny Utils apk 1.1.0 free for Android smartphone

23 Aug
Tiny Utils

Posted by Corbin Champion in Tools | Aug. 23, 2013 | 13 Comments

Apk file size: 2.7 MB

Android Terminal Emulator, BusyBox, Frotz, Perl and SSH via Dropbear (dropbear just added, so need to do more testing with it) without rooting your device.

Tiny Utils combines tiny versions of many common and useful GNU/UNIX utilities and terminal into a single small Android application. It provides replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU fileutils, shellutils, and more.

Tiny Utils installs BusyBox, microperl (a small perl interpreter), patchelf, frotz (so you can play Z code interactive fiction games) and dropbear an SSH client and server. Tiny Utils also includes the Android Terminal Emulator within it, so you have a nice, proven work environment where you can use all this capability.

Tiny Utils is not all business though as it now has frotz which allows you to play z-code games. See the screen shots of examples of downloading and playing a couple of popular games (Zork and Spider and Web). Given how nice the Android Terminal Emulator is, I think this might be the best environment for playing z code games.

All combined, this give you many of the commands you are used to having while working at a GNU/Linux Terminal.

Find the full list of BusyBox commands here:

Also, Tiny Utils does not require you to have a rooted device to install it. Being such, it does not modify your Android system at all and can be uninstalled in a normal fashion. While some commands, like chroot, or su, require you to have root permissions, the most commonly used commands do not.

Known limitations:
Some commands, require rooting your device to work properly.
Some commands will not work as expected because Android is not GNU/Linux (tell me what you need/want if it is not working, so I can prioritize).
All that said, your device will get a LOT more useful and powerful with this installed.

Source code is posted and I will be posting many examples (over time) of awesome ways you can use this here:

Please provide feedback. Rate it and tell others if you think it is good. If you run into any problems please file an issue here so I can get any details I need and so you can track progress on the issue.

Also, if you have any suggestions/contributions that you think will improve this further, don't be shy. While I am charging for this, I am doing so minimally to make sure this continues to be supported and improved going forward and I am pretty sure this will be worth more to you than what is being charged.

Whats new

    Fourth release:
    uninstall and reinstall if you have any issue launching.
    added frotz, so you can play z-code games (see screen shots).
    Use android ping instead of busybox ping.
    ping, wget, nslookup, telnet, etc all support names and not just ip addresses.
    Rate it if you think it is good. If you run into any problems please file an issue here so I can get any details I need and so you can track progress on the issue.

Corbin Champion part of our Tools and have average installs from 1000 to 5000. Last Update Aug. 23, 2013. Google play rating is 90.0. Current verison is 1.1.0. Actual size 2.7 MB.

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jameel siddiq

Tiny Utils - truly understated This utility can appear understated but if you've used Linux or Unix then the commands on offer do really offer potential. ls, ps, pwd, cd, vi, ed, awl, sed perl. A phone is not the best medium for an interactive program run so the availabilty of awk, sed and perl offer the efficient prospect of writing a script. placing your data in areadable file and running. I've always preferred awk to perl and have run a couple of test scripts on test data and works brilliantly. Also useful to check running processes a

Pablo Iturralde

Great app, very useful This makes my smartphone a useful Linux machine. I also use the implementation of Octave for Android and Addi a lot. Keep it up!

Ibn Batuta

Fine idea, but no docu Please(!) add some basic docu, as functions are too many to remember what's inside. Then I'll give it 4 or 5 stars.

Karl Ihrig

ssh not working Ssh not working on Tiny Utils. It works on other free terminal apps.

Chris Bradley

Nice Really good so far. Bash scripts renaming hundreds of files with Perl regex on a wildfire s!

Daryn Hanright

Awesome! Everything you could ever want!

Nika TV

Champion The Wonder Horse wget in this package works well

Horst Olaf

must have! don't need to root your device to have access to many standard nix tools!

Tom Louie

a great way to get shell utils ... ... without needing root. Awesome.

Thomas Wolf

wow Yet again you provide useful tools for non-rooted users. Thanks a million. My only complaint so far is that some of the more basic functionalities of vi are missing (like u, the :g ex command, ...). I highly recommend the MessagEase keyboard for using these tools (and the terminal in general).

Martin Cohen

Tinybuntu! Well, not yet but almost!

Rajay Kumar

Amazing Truly unleashes the hidden power of your phone and gives you total control. And no root access required! Can't beat that.

Adam B

I had been hoping to use the microperl here to install TeXLive, but that doesn't seem possible; it seems to be able to load Perl modules, but building them on the device seems to require modules which it cannot, of course, build (or download, for that matter, since it does not seem to have CPAN access of any description) -- a chicken and egg conundrum. Otherwise it seems decent, but I'd hope for cpanm or something like that...or simply an option to install TeXLive directly, for that matter. (It's probably too large to install by default, of course.)

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