F-Droid is a community-maintained software repository for Android, similar to the Google Play store.
The main repository, hosted by the project, contains only free libre software apps.Applications can be browsed and installed from the F-Droid website or client app without the need to register for an account.
“Anti-Features” such as advertising, user tracking, or dependence on nonfree software are flagged in app descriptions.
The website also offers the source code of applications it hosts, as well as the software running the F-Droid server, allowing anyone to set up their own app repository.
The F-Droid repository contains a growing number of more than 2,600 apps, compared to over 1.43 million on the Google Play Store. The project incorporates several software sub-projects:
- Client software for searching, downloading, verifying, and updating Android apps from an F-Droid repository.
- fdroidserver – tool for managing existing and creating new repositories
- Jekyll-based website generator for a repository
F-droid is more useful for android mobiles and it is open source .
we can download every app alternate source to playstore
Yes F-droid is useful:relieved:
@Sreeja Thanks for the detailed explanation but please change the title to “Free and Open Source Software” instead of “Opensource” , F-Droid clearly states it in the description.
F-Droid clearly labels the apps which have anti features. This is very important factor for a user to decide if he wants to allow those anti features or not.
List of Anti-Features
- Ads - advertising
- Tracking - tracks and/or reports your activity to somewhere, even when it can be turned off
- Non-free Network Services - promotes or depends entirely on a non-libre network service
- Non free Addons - promotes other non-libre apps or plugins
- Non free Dependencies - needs a non-libre app to work (e.g. Google Maps, Market)
- Upstream Non-free - upstream source code is not libre, and this version has those parts replaced or rewritten
- Non-Free Assets - non libre media in things that are not code (e.g. images, sound, music, 3D-models, or video)
- Known Vulnerability - known security vulnerability
- Disabled Algorithm - signed using an unsafe algorithm
- No Source Since - source code no longer available, making new releases impossible