[APP][ROOT/NONROOT][OFFICIAL] AdAway v5.12.1/ v6.0.0b

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Fishawy

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This host sources list is too much for AdAway, and the wrong format.

If by OISD you mean https://dbl.oisd.nl then yeah (NB: I use the domain list not the host list), that is one of my best. HOWEVER it explicitly excludes facebook, twitter and google shopping etc etc I do not use these (and a few of the others) and they are a big source of ads. So I prefer to have other list in addition, that explicitly block those excluded ad sources. And hence, not just OISD (just noticed it does not block Warez & Porn...and tracking links...and the more I read of what it does not block, the more I realise it would not suffice alone.
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As you can see below, its near the top of unique host counts, but the ones it is missing (see above) are ones I want blocked.
View attachment 5470305

I have also attached the whole report in the ZIP file as a HTML file. There are a lot of files with 0 unique, but you cant just take them all away in one sweep, as deleting one, would then make the hosts in another 0 file unique. So deleting two may leave some hosts unblocked.
Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation. I'll check the hosts out.
 

DiamondJohn

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Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation. I'll check the hosts out.
Dont go on the belief these are well researched hosts sources. A lot was simply me testing the host builder by selecting large sources with high uniqueness (and hence the report). Although, there was some checking, just not enough to give them as a personal recommendation. The "file" / local sources you see in the list are mostly old (but not all), that I collected over the years, so many hosts contained are probably dead or simply collected for a desktop not mobile.
 
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gonzo1963

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Good Morning,
I have used AdAway in several rooted smartphones for years and have not given me any kind of problem.

I have acquired a Nokia X20, which I can not root, and I have installed AdAway 5.9.0 for a non-root mobile, without modifying anything in the settings.
Fail constantly, cut the connection when it passes from a WiFi connection to a data connection and in reverse.
To solve it, I have to pause AdAway, and start it again every time I change the connection type.

Do I need to make some special adjustment so that it does not fail?
Is it a bug?

Regards
 
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nreuge

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Good Morning,
I have used AdAway in several rooted smartphones for years and have not given me any kind of problem.

I have acquired a Nokia X20, which I can not root, and I have installed AdAway 5.9.0 for a non-root mobile, without modifying anything in the settings.
Fail constantly, cut the connection when it passes from a WiFi connection to a data connection and in reverse.
To solve it, I have to pause AdAway, and start it again every time I change the connection type.

Do I need to make some special adjustment so that it does not fail?
Is it a bug?

Regards
That's why I've moved to a paid alternative...
 

ipdev

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Good Morning,
I have used AdAway in several rooted smartphones for years and have not given me any kind of problem.

I have acquired a Nokia X20, which I can not root, and I have installed AdAway 5.9.0 for a non-root mobile, without modifying anything in the settings.
Fail constantly, cut the connection when it passes from a WiFi connection to a data connection and in reverse.
To solve it, I have to pause AdAway, and start it again every time I change the connection type.

Do I need to make some special adjustment so that it does not fail?
Is it a bug?

Regards
It is a known bug.
Has been for a while.

Project Development Card. - GitHub - Link

For me it is hit or miss.
I use the VPN version on my daily use Pixel 3a XL

Sometime it will be constant with every network change.
Then I might go a few days with no issues.

If you can duplicate it at will, please help by grabbing a log cat and sharing it here or on GitHub in the issue.
Issue # 2154 - GitHub - Link

Cheers. :cowboy:
 

richardmace

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Forgive me please if this has been asked before and answered. I have two OnePlus6 phones. Adaway runs fine on one but not on the other. Difference in phones? 1 has android 11.1.1.1 with latest Magisk with Zygisk. Adaway doesn't work on this phone. My other phone has Magisk 23 Canary and Android 10.3. Adaway runs fine on this phone! Both phones have the Magisk systemless host module installed. Help appreciated. Thanks
 
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sar014ut

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Good morning,
I am using the non-rooted/VPN option. I think I already know the answer, but wanted to confirm. On my Galaxy S20 plus if I try using a VPN ADAWAY will pause. Is there a way to have a VPN for privacy plus ADAWAY running at the same time?

Thanks in advance.
 

Oswald Boelcke

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Good morning,
I am using the non-rooted/VPN option. I think I already know the answer, but wanted to confirm. On my Galaxy S20 plus if I try using a VPN ADAWAY will pause. Is there a way to have a VPN for privacy plus ADAWAY running at the same time?

Thanks in advance.
Negative. Android is only able to run one VPN instance. For this reason, I'm using AdAway in root mode to allow me to use OpenVPN in parallel.
 
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gallegonovato

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Good evening @DiamondJohn and @zgfg

Thank you very much for your help and time. I missed it already. But I didn't realize that. I thought that Adaway by the settings would already redirect to 127 or 0 depending on whether I put ipv4 or ipv6 redirection.

By the way @DiamondJohn you beat me in blocking. Since I walk 2.4 million hehehe on the test mobile.

A hug and thanks a million for your help and time.
 

DiamondJohn

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Good evening @DiamondJohn and @zgfg

Thank you very much for your help and time. I missed it already. But I didn't realize that. I thought that Adaway by the settings would already redirect to 127 or 0 depending on whether I put ipv4 or ipv6 redirection.

By the way @DiamondJohn you beat me in blocking. Since I walk 2.4 million hehehe on the test mobile.

A hug and thanks a million for your help and time.
ummm...maybe a shout-out to @PerfectSlayer is more deserved than me, since he built AdAway itself.;)
 
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PerfectSlayer

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Hi all,

Good Morning,
I have used AdAway in several rooted smartphones for years and have not given me any kind of problem.

I have acquired a Nokia X20, which I can not root, and I have installed AdAway 5.9.0 for a non-root mobile, without modifying anything in the settings.
Fail constantly, cut the connection when it passes from a WiFi connection to a data connection and in reverse.
To solve it, I have to pause AdAway, and start it again every time I change the connection type.

Do I need to make some special adjustment so that it does not fail?
Is it a bug?

Regards
Yes, I am aware of the issue.
I spend hours lately to fully rewrite the VPN part I borrow from the DNS66 app.
I studied how other open source application like blokada, dns66, duckduckgo, nebulo work and they still had the same kind of issues. They probe network frequently, they record state every 10 seconds, they record alarm every 10 minutes, etc... What a nightmare for the battery!
I am spending weeks to find a way to make it work without impacting battery so much and I am close to good solution.
I can't tell when it will be ready as it takes days to test (changing network, testing doze, etc...).

Forgive me please if this has been asked before and answered. I have two OnePlus6 phones. Adaway runs fine on one but not on the other. Difference in phones? 1 has android 11.1.1.1 with latest Magisk with Zygisk. Adaway doesn't work on this phone. My other phone has Magisk 23 Canary and Android 10.3. Adaway runs fine on this phone! Both phones have the Magisk systemless host module installed. Help appreciated. Thanks
Thanks for the report. I tried Zygisk when the first beta/canary was online and it worked fine.
There may be an issue since. Can anyone confirm?

Good evening @DiamondJohn and @zgfg

Thank you very much for your help and time. I missed it already. But I didn't realize that. I thought that Adaway by the settings would already redirect to 127 or 0 depending on whether I put ipv4 or ipv6 redirection.

By the way @DiamondJohn you beat me in blocking. Since I walk 2.4 million hehehe on the test mobile.

A hug and thanks a million for your help and time.
If you enable IPv6, it will redirect to ::0 in addition to 127.0.0.1 (two entries will be added per host on your host file).
 

gonzo1963

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Yes, I am aware of the issue.
I spend hours lately to fully rewrite the VPN part I borrow from the DNS66 app.
I studied how other open source application like blokada, dns66, duckduckgo, nebulo work and they still had the same kind of issues. They probe network frequently, they record state every 10 seconds, they record alarm every 10 minutes, etc... What a nightmare for the battery!
I am spending weeks to find a way to make it work without impacting battery so much and I am close to good solution.
I can't tell when it will be ready as it takes days to test (changing network, testing doze, etc...).
Good morning,
Thanks a lot for your work.

Regards
 

PerfectSlayer

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Hi all,

It is no secret I am working hard on making the VPN ad-blocking method more robust and I am making some progress. Nothing ready to be released though but I might use the beta channel at some point to gather more feedback.

Until it is done, here is a batch of updates to keep the app fresh.
It brings the support for Android 12 and a fix (from a contribution!!) about the connectivity change when using VPN. It might help some of you when switching from network layer (from 4G to WiFi for example).

Changelog:
  • Fix connectivity change detection in VPN mode
  • Update mongoose web server
  • Update target SDK to Android 12
  • Update dependencies
  • Update translations

Thanks:

Special thanks to 8asuj6m2 for its contribution.

Download:

AdAway 5.10.0
 

gallegonovato

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Good evening @DiamondJohn and @PerfectSlayer

First of all thank you very much for your time and help.

So you can use this hosts source: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ftpmorph/ftpihole/master/blocklists/smartphone-ads-tracking.txt in Adaway without problems. Without having 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0.0 in front of each entry ?

I mean just having the ipv4 and ipv6 redirection?

By the way @PerfectSlayer sorry to be a pain. But I don't know if it would be possible to add to Adaway 5.x the option that Adaway 4.x had to reboot the device after having updated the hotlists?. It is that I notice as if Adaway behaves better and even notice that there were those updates after rebooting after each update. Even appearing different number of blocked after reboot. In plain words, as if it settles the host list update better.

Best regards
 

zgfg

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Good evening @DiamondJohn and @PerfectSlayer

First of all thank you very much for your time and help.

So you can use this hosts source: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ftpmorph/ftpihole/master/blocklists/smartphone-ads-tracking.txt in Adaway without problems. Without having 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0.0 in front of each entry ?

I mean just having the ipv4 and ipv6 redirection?
No, it won't work. Not supported format
for bloccked/black list (would work only for the allowed/white list) - it was answerved/described earlier

You can test yourself. Disable all other hosts sources.and define and enable only this one.
AdAway will not find any site to block (no proper format), and you will have 0 blocked sites
 

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DiamondJohn

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Good evening @DiamondJohn and @PerfectSlayer

First of all thank you very much for your time and help.

So you can use this hosts source: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ftpmorph/ftpihole/master/blocklists/smartphone-ads-tracking.txt in Adaway without problems. Without having 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0.0 in front of each entry ?

I mean just having the ipv4 and ipv6 redirection?

By the way @PerfectSlayer sorry to be a pain. But I don't know if it would be possible to add to Adaway 5.x the option that Adaway 4.x had to reboot the device after having updated the hotlists?. It is that I notice as if Adaway behaves better and even notice that there were those updates after rebooting after each update. Even appearing different number of blocked after reboot. In plain words, as if it settles the host list update better.

Best regards
You asked the exact same question on the previous page! And you were already answered, and the answer is the same.
Good afternoon:

I wanted to ask you a question, if I may.

I wanted to use Adaway https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ftpmorph/ftpihole/master/blocklists/smartphone-ads-tracking.txt but I have a doubt. Since when I put it, Adaway recognizes it, then it does not.

Then I have a doubt. Would it be valid without the 0.0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.0.1 or should it be ok?

Best regards
 

ReyStunner

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Root + Adaway = IMMACULATE.

Looking forward to VPN Adaway closing the gap. My note 20 is the 1st phone in a decade I haven't/will not root so I'm fingers crossed for the app getting better!
 

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    Hi all,

    I talked about it for weeks, if it's not month, but it's finally here! 🎉
    The new major version comes with a whole new VPN ad-blocker implementation that greatly improves stability and reliability. Most of the disconnections issue should be fixed by now.
    I daily use it for months, using cellular (4g + 5g) and WiFi (private + public + public behind authentication portal) networks, doing handovers between them and it works fine. I distributed early builds on GitHub issues and I got good feedback too.

    I also work on DOH (DNS Over HTTPS) support. It works but it is not yet configurable from the settings.
    I might add other DNS client alternatives later to provide a better privacy.
    And of course, it comes with a batch of bug fixes and third party upgrades.

    If you like the project, feel free to show your support or become sponsor 💖
    Without further ado, here comes the full changes!

    Changelog:
    • Add a new VPN ad-blocker implementation
    • Add initial DOH (DNS Over HTTPS) support
    • Add VPN connection monitor, heartbeat and throttler to improve reliability
    • Add long press action to copy hostname from user lists and DNS log to clipboard
    • Fix VPN state on network connectivity change and lost
    • Fix VPN restart when system kills it
    • Fix wrong DNS read on VPN restart
    • Fix VPN unwanted restart while paused
    • Fix crash on application update unknown size
    • Improve VPN user control reliability
    • Update logging system
    • Update libsu
    • Update Android gradle plugin
    • Update AndroidX libraries
    • Update NDK
    • Update third party libraries

    Download:

    AdAway v6.0.0b
    2
    Good afternoon @PerfectSlayer

    I wanted to ask you a question if I may.

    The AdAway v6 versions will still be valid for lineageos 18.1 for example?

    And

    Sorry to bother you here, but I'm trying to get into the github. In the translation part and I don't know what's going on that doesn't allow me to enter.

    I wanted to make a suggestion in the Spanish language. If you allow me.

    It turns out that in the main page of Adaway. When there is an update button, it says in English 1 source outdated. And in Spanish it would be:

    1 actualización disponible . O 1 fuente para actualizar.

    Then on the page where you put the url of the host list. Put block and allow. And it would be in Spanish:

    Bloquear
    Permitir

    Permitir redirecionamiento

    A hug
    1
    .... it's finally here!...
    any special installation instructions for this new major version? dirty install 6.0.0b over 5.12.0 possible?
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    Hi all,

    I talked about it for weeks, if it's not month, but it's finally here! 🎉
    The new major version comes with a whole new VPN ad-blocker implementation that greatly improves stability and reliability. Most of the disconnections issue should be fixed by now.
    I daily use it for months, using cellular (4g + 5g) and WiFi (private + public + public behind authentication portal) networks, doing handovers between them and it works fine. I distributed early builds on GitHub issues and I got good feedback too.

    I also work on DOH (DNS Over HTTPS) support. It works but it is not yet configurable from the settings.
    I might add other DNS client alternatives later to provide a better privacy.
    And of course, it comes with a batch of bug fixes and third party upgrades.

    If you like the project, feel free to show your support or become sponsor 💖
    Without further ado, here comes the full changes!

    Changelog:
    • Add a new VPN ad-blocker implementation
    • Add initial DOH (DNS Over HTTPS) support
    • Add VPN connection monitor, heartbeat and throttler to improve reliability
    • Add long press action to copy hostname from user lists and DNS log to clipboard
    • Fix VPN state on network connectivity change and lost
    • Fix VPN restart when system kills it
    • Fix wrong DNS read on VPN restart
    • Fix VPN unwanted restart while paused
    • Fix crash on application update unknown size
    • Improve VPN user control reliability
    • Update logging system
    • Update libsu
    • Update Android gradle plugin
    • Update AndroidX libraries
    • Update NDK
    • Update third party libraries

    Download:

    AdAway v6.0.0b
    26
    Hi all,

    It's been a long time since (more than two months 😮) the last update.
    During this period, I mainly spent all my free time preparing for job interviews and, good news, I just signed a new contract! 🎉
    And with my 2 weeks trip to USA canceled due to covid, I found some hours this week to fix the most urging issues.

    So, here comes the v5.12.1 that fixes the root ad-blocker on Android 13 (AdAway failed to install the hosts file).
    It also slim down the F-Droid build that recently grows from 15mb to 25mb (due to the wrong NDK).

    On top of that, I will also relaunch the beta update channel to distribute the v6.
    Since I know I will have free time in the coming weeks, I could properly follow its launch and handle the user feedback. So stay tunes!

    (As usual, beta versions will only be available for the GitHub install users as F-Droid store does not handle it.)

    Changelog:
    • Fix hosts file install on Android 13

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to AAGaming00 and KieronQuinn for their bug reports.

    Download:

    AdAway v5.12.1
    18
    Hi all,

    For the record, I patched the backend to improve the beta channel behavior.
    It will now serve whatever beta or stable stable release is the most up-to-date.

    So now, if you subscribe to beta channel, you will receive the upcoming beta builds (as previously) but your app will keep updating once the v6 hits stable channel (whereas previously it was stuck on old beta builds indefinitely).

    For those who want to try the bleeding edge, feel free to switch to beta channel!
    (keep in mind beta channel is only available for GitHub install users)
    7
    Further on boxes, check, and colors.

    It first appeared that the buttons on the Blocked and Redirected lists were always the same. While experimenting, I've been able to produce Blocked list buttons of empty white box and red checked box. I can toggle them.

    This leads to the quesion of what do the changable colors on the blocked list buttons mean?

    Similar on the redirected list.

    Finally, when I use the search feature, there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off, i.e. restore all entries to the display. But save that problem for later.

    If I can get a good explanation of things, I will write a help page.

    Next topic is how the allow, block, and redirect lists interact. For example, which order are they searched? When a wild card is on one list, will it catch an exact match to an entry on another? How do the "pre loaded" (source) lists take precedence, and how can entries be overridden since they don't seem to be deletable from the user lists.
    Answering to one of your questions:
    Allowed is stronger than blocked

    First off all, if you don't have any hosts source, than all sites are allowed.
    Hence you actually don't need to put anything to the Allowed list

    But as the name says, this is an ad blocker. Hence the purpose is to use the hosts sources that will BLOCK certain sites

    But once you start using someone's hosts source (by default, I'm talking about the blocking lists), you have no influence on which sites will be blocked by the hosts source or not

    If it blocks to less, you will another hosts source to your list, and later maybe more and more hosts sources there

    However, at some moment you may find that you can no more shop at eg Amazon, because one (or more) of your hosts sources blocks the Amazon. You could spend time to find which hosts source blocks the Amazon and remove it from your hosts sources list. But the Amazon may soon appear in another hosts source...
    Or, you may otherwise like that hosts source that blocks the Amazon because it blocks a zillion of other sites you really want them to be blocked

    Hence you better put Amazon to your own Allowed list. Then you don't need to worry about in which of your hosts sources Amazon is blocked (or might become blocked in the future, upon the hosts sources updates)

    AdAway first reads and compiles the list of Allowed sites. Then it goes to the blocked lists. Whenever it finds the Amazon site (that you did put to the Allowed list) in any of the blocked lists, it will ignore it, knowing that you specifically asked to allow that Amazon site

    That's the use case behind the Allowed list. And the reason why it is, and why it must be stronger than Blocked list.
    And the same policy (allowed is stronger than blocked) applies also to other ad blockers
    4
    .... What's your chrome score...
    i don't use brave browser. my chrome score below.
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    AdAway

    AdAway is an open source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.


    Google Play Store notice

    According the Google Play Developer Policy, especially the "Device and Network Abuse" section, ad blocker like AdAway violates the "Apps that block or interfere with another app displaying ads." rule and can't be distributed on distributed on the Play Store.
    As Free and Open Source Software, AdAway is available from F-Droid Store or this XDA thread :good:


    Requirements

    This application requires Android 8 or above and does no more require root.

    For older Android versions, a rooted device is required.


    Changelog

    If you don't want to read each announce post of this thread, you can:


    Downloads

    Stable versions are available on GitHub releases and F-Droid Store:

    Beta versions are available on GitHub releases only:

    AdAway 6.0.0

    The app provides an in-app updater for both GitHub and F-Droid builds.
    Keep in mind beta channel is limited to GitHub builds, and F-Droid releases usually have a several days latency.


    Problem? Read this

    * If you use Chrome and still see ads on web pages, remember to disable the "data saver" or "reduced data usage" browser option.
    * Check your APN settings for any proxy, the proxy itself could be allowing ads. Disable the proxy.
    * After you install or make any change to AdAway, you must reboot for those changes to take effect.
    * If you are still having issues please read and understand all the info in the wiki before asking for help here.

    Otherwise, this is the right thread to discuss about it or file a bug report here.


    Contributors

    PerfectSlayer, Vankog, jawz101
    Source Code: https://github.com/AdAway/AdAway
    170
    Hi all,

    A new year is coming and I wish you all to have nice holidays :victory:

    Just few words about this ending year. There was about 12 releases in 2019 which brings you a new UI, a lot of bug fixes, Android 10 support, Gist and GitLab hosting support and better Magisk support.
    All of this is possible thanks to the community to help users to discover the app, learn how to use it and report any new bug and also your moral, nice words and thanks you can send to me, and financial support.
    Thanks a lot for all donators, GitHub sponsor and the Pixel 2 you sent me to test Android 10 support.

    For the next year, I hope to release the next version (V5), at least in beta to start. It's been 9 months since its first lines of code and things are working quite nicely.
    It aims to make the app simpler to use for the main use cases, support rooted and non rooted devices and remove old hacks/workaround which are no more needed on recent setups.

    But before this big next update, I still have time to fix current issue with a new release :p

    Changelog:
    • Fix GitLab hosting support (commit date parsing failed)
    • Translation update

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to @gallegonovato for its helpful bug report and @Vankog for translation update.

    Download:

    AdAway 4.3.2 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 78fde09a0e92044c45e901bb1cec8e2e)
    159
    Hi all,

    Long time no see! It's been more than two months since the last update.
    I can't say I was not active on the project as I start working on a new version (5.x.y) as a side project.
    I won't share the source code yet as it is not ready at all and I don't want to give an ETA but this new version targets the following goals:
    • 1. Revamp the UI
    • 2. Clean up old support
    • 3. Address one of the main drawback of the app

    1. The card based UI does not feel right. Welcome card takes too much space, update button / status has a lot of critic. I guess I can do better.
    I started a new simpler and lighter design which provide the most useful information on home screen and all main actions to trigger in one tap (no more burger menu).
    It is still under heavy development but I hopefully get a friend onboard, specialized in graphics and design, to help me :highfive:

    2. In order to simplify the development, I clean up the app and remove support for old features.
    I bump target SDK version so I finally get Java 8 language feature (it was released 5y ago…) and move to topjohnwu root library (instead of home made one). It means systemless support is now handled by Magisk and other root solutions will still work.

    3. Think of what prevent most of users to use AdAway? Now it's gone!
    It's not gone forever. It's still here but there will be a fallback to workaround it.
    I won't tell more until the first public beta but I guess you get the point :fingers-crossed:

    In the meanwhile, here is a new version!

    Feedback:

    Is anyone using a hosts list hosted on Gitlab? It keeps showing "Unknown update status".
    GitLab, like GitHub do not set LastModified HTTP header so update status is not supported... yet!

    Changelog:
    • Add Gist and GitLab hosting support for hosts file
    • Add option to set default IPv6 redirection
    • Improve reboot command
    • Improve UI for overlays
    • Update translations

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to @MSF Jarvis and ralayax for theirs contributions and @andy356 for its helpful bug report.

    Download:

    AdAway 4.2.5 on AndroidFileHost (md5: ab81225745afaaa7646024109de299c0)
    148
    Hi all,

    Feedback:

    Hmm, not working for me for this URL, v4.1.0 shows something like not updated in -360 days (some large negative value). Can you please see if you can reproduce?
    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/alternates/fakenews-gambling-porn/hosts
    It works well here. I failed to reproduce as I change the HTTP client library and how I use it.
    But update date for the source you link definitely works now.

    All the F-Droid apps I know of have manual push updates to the store.

    Isn't automatic build basically for nightlies?
    Not really. You could choose a lot of different mode.
    For example, F-Droid server watches AdAway GitHub repository to find tags which match a specific versioning pattern.

    I exist still... do you know what i have to do to transfer ownership? if i edit project it doesn't let me change the primary author so i assume i have to PM some higher up to make this happen?
    Thank you so much! :highfive:

    This is now done, @PerfectSlayer is the OP of this thread.
    Thank you too!


    Changelog:
    • Add hosts source download cache
    • Add snackbar notification to update host from DNS request listing
    • Update UI from Material Design to Material Theming
    • Update gradle, plugins and dependencies
    • Fix crash parsing not defined host source last modified date
    • Fix native modules build script (required for F-Droid build server)
    • Fix Transifex issues

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    AdAway 4.2.0 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 023169e7c345ef7297095793024f8478)
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    Hi all,

    I talked enough about it the past weeks and here it is: the first beta for the next version of AdAway.
    As you know, the main feature is the removal of root requirement but it also comes with a lot of improvements like an easier to use UI, a builtin updater, new cache and databases to improve reliability or even a quick pause/resume adblocking button that 3rd party apps can control.

    It took me literally a year and 330+ commits to build it (the first commit of this branch was April the 7th) and I hope it will be worth it.
    It should allow the app to be viable in the future with root being more and more difficult to achieve at each new Android release and Google hardening SafetyNet checks.

    I will try to answer to the most expected questions here so you still can post a link to this FAQ later to lost users.

    FAQ:

    Does this version replace the v4.x versions?
    No. This is still a preview version and does not replace the stable one.
    It is available to test it and report issues and feedback before being promoted to stable.

    Can I upgrade and revert safely?
    Yes. Both v4 and v5 use the same settings export format.

    Why does this version targets Android 8+ Oreo only?
    Like the v4, v5 is expected to offer support for latest devices.
    Android 8 and above represent more than 60% of device distribution and will grew through time.
    If you use an older device, root solutions work very well and v4 is here for you (like v2 and v3 stayed for legacy devices).

    How the hell does it work without root?
    This version provides two adblocking methods: the usual root one using hosts file and a new one using local VPN.
    The VPN solution allows to filter and alter connections of your devices without root access.

    Is using a VPN safe?
    In the case of AdAway, yes. It uses VPN API but does not connect to a VPN server.
    In the case of VPN client app, it depends.
    To give you more details, a VPN client app uses the VPN API to create a virtual network interface on your device and redirect all your traffic into it.
    If you imaginge the VPN like a pipe (the right word is tunnel), client VPN app outputs all your traffic on a VPN server which is able to check what you are doing on the Internet.
    With AdAway, your network is not redirected to a VPN server but your device internet connection (same as no VPN). VPN API is only used to get traffic into it to break the connections to ad servers.

    Is VPN use battery?
    Yes, like everything you do on device.
    Witouth root, a VPN service will be running permanently to filter your traffic.
    Good news is it will only filter DNS traffic. Not all traffic is redirected into it so it won't be as expensive as you can fear.

    Did you come up with this idea alone?
    Absolutely not! I spent a lot of hours trying to find altenatives to hosts based adblocking (like routes or private DNS). But nothing was better than VPN based adblocking.
    So we (MrRobinson and I) approched Julian Klode, developer of DNS66 more than three years ago to see if we can merge our apps. It wasn't that easy as we don't develop our apps the same way so I ended up by integrating the DNS66 adblocking method into AdAway. It is fine for Julian, his app is Open Source and he himself built it from the core code of AdBuster app (an VPN based adblocking app).

    Should we stop using DNS66 for AdAway?
    Not at all. DNS66 is a great app and provides some features that AdAway doesn't have (yet?), like DNS settings.
    DNS66 is a great app, keep using it if you like it!
    If both apps used the same adblocking method a year ago when I start this version, I keep adding feature to the VPN adblocking method and most of them won't be in DNS66.
    If Julian ports them back to DNS66, it's great if it can help his app and users!

    Is it me or the app put on weight?
    Yes, the app significantly grew due to new libraries like VPN related ones and Android Jetpack.
    It also stores more data on device: a http cache, a host database, a hosts copy, etc...
    I think 15~20mo of storage is still fine.

    Changelog:

    Without further ado, check the summarized changelog (it was hard to summarize a one year development)

    • Add new home screen
      • Provides all main controls from one screen
      • Displays currently blocked, allowed and redirected domains
      • Displays current hosts sources status and control to force apply
    • Add non root ad-blocking feature
      • Uses a builtin local VPN to filter DNS request to blocked domains
      • Based on the work of dns66 by julian-klode
      • Allows to excluded system applications and per user applications
    • Add builtin updater with changelog display
    • Add feature to quickly pause and resume ad-blocking
    • Add wizard screen for first run setup
    • Add feature to display and filter all blocked, allowed, redirect domains
    • Improve preferences screen
    • Add broadcast receiver to control ad-blocking from third party applications
    • Update Android target to Android 10
    • Improve root and shell support
    • Split translation files to easier understand their context
    • Add GitHub action test and build tasks

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    AdAway 5.0.0 beta (sha2: 200fd7789b174735d3af5925b4e568b09475bb3f39a79d24d6617af4b19cd19d)

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