[APP][ROOT/NONROOT][OFFICIAL] AdAway v5.12.1/ v6.0.2b

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gallegonovato

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Good afternoon @m0han

But 6.0.0b is still a beta.

What also notice that slowdown is with lineageos 18.1. And in Adaway root mode.

Because for example one person tested on Android without any modification, on his Samsung with Android 12 and Adaway in Vpn and sometimes he notices it and sometimes not.

So I don't know. I don't know if @PerfectSlayer @zgfg @ipdev knows anything and can shed some light?.

At the moment I went back to the previous version and it blew up Adaway again.

Best regards
 
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zgfg

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Good afternoon @m0han

But 6.0.0b is still a beta.

What also notice that slowdown is with lineageos 18.1. And in Adaway root mode.

Because for example one person tested on Android without any modification, on his Samsung with Android 12 and Adaway in Vpn and sometimes he notices it and sometimes not.

So I don't know. I don't know if @PerfectSlayer @zgfg @ipdev knows anything and can shed some light?.

At the moment I went back to the previous version and it blew up Adaway again.

Best regards
As I have stated several times, I use root mode but with all auto updates disabled. Every day or two, or three, I open AdAway and let it update through the hosts sources. I have to reboot anyway (for Magisk to mount new hosts file) hence I see no use of letting the AdAway auto-updating in the background by itself

As that, when I open AdAway to update, I browse or read XDA in parallell and hence I didn't pay attention and/or didn't observe any noticable/important difference with 5.12.1 compared to the previous versions

Btw, I never run a huge hosts sources list and my blocked list is not so big (reading your posts I see that you still experiment with the new and new hosts sources, hence I would expect you to have a substantially bigger hosts sources list, huge blocked list etc -and probably with auto updates enabled)

It also depends on the memory available (updating a huge hosts sources list with a big blocked list would definitely struggle if not enough memory is available)
 
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gallegonovato

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Good afternoon @zgfg

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

I don't have the automatic updates active either. I do the same as you. I open Adaway and hit check for updates, and let Adaway do what it has to do.

But I do notice a difference from the last version to this new version. For example a list like 1 hosts updated it without any problem. And small lists were updated, like children eat jelly beans hahaha.

But now it takes much longer. I even downgraded to the previous version and you can see the difference, from one to another.

That's why I was asking. Since I didn't change anything from one version to another, nor host file lists. Nor in the way to update. And magisk with the plugin installed. And so far I never had problems with it creating and copying the new hosts.

What a colleague says is that Adaway chokes again with the screen rotation activated. That if it goes from horizontal to vertical, and the other way around it stops or crashes. But this I can not say since I always use it in portrait mode.

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Good afternoon @zgfg

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

I don't have the automatic updates active either. I do the same as you. I open Adaway and hit check for updates, and let Adaway do what it has to do.

But I do notice a difference from the last version to this new version. For example a list like 1 hosts updated it without any problem. And small lists were updated, like children eat jelly beans hahaha.

But now it takes much longer. I even downgraded to the previous version and you can see the difference, from one to another.

That's why I was asking. Since I didn't change anything from one version to another, nor host file lists. Nor in the way to update. And magisk with the plugin installed. And so far I never had problems with it creating and copying the new hosts.

What a colleague says is that Adaway chokes again with the screen rotation activated. That if it goes from horizontal to vertical, and the other way around it stops or crashes. But this I can not say since I always use it in portrait mode.

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I'm not saying I don't believe you that maybe the new version updates slower. I just say that I didn't observe something to be concerned about. And Im to lazy too install now an older version to use it over a couple of days to be able to compare

But if you push things to the limit, huge blocked list to be updated, old phone with small RAM, the phone/app will behave weirdly

Btw, I have 8 GB RAM, and usually running with 5+ GB RAM free, and my Blocked list is 215 K - as on the screenshot
 

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No orientation crashes on six and my four lists update as fast as ever (didn't notice anything like this on stable either). Do you have a lot of lists? big lists? Maybe the time increase has to do with the duplicates (triplicate etc) being removed. Computers aren't instantaneous with large tasks.
 

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Good afternoon @m0han

But 6.0.0b is still a beta.

What also notice that slowdown is with lineageos 18.1. And in Adaway root mode.

Because for example one person tested on Android without any modification, on his Samsung with Android 12 and Adaway in Vpn and sometimes he notices it and sometimes not.

So I don't know. I don't know if @PerfectSlayer @zgfg @ipdev knows anything and can shed some light?.

At the moment I went back to the previous version and it blew up Adaway again.

Best regards
I did not noticed a difference in the speed of checking/updating hosts files.
AdAway v6.0.0

I run root-mode on my Nexus 7 and non-root (VPN) mode on my Pixel 3a.
I still have a few minor issues with VPN mode but, I have not had time to log and test to report them yet.

I did double check the orientation change on my Nexus 7 (2013) tonight.
I cleared all hosts and updated so I had no blocked hosts.

Then re-selected the sources and updated.
I switched between portrait and landscape a few times while the sources were downloading and it did not seem to affect AdAway.

If you are using hosts sources that do not offer a Last-modified header, like Codeberg and NixNet.
Last-modified header missing -- time-stamps turned off.

That might be causing an added delay in checking/updating hosts files. :unsure:
Now that I type this, GitHub and GitLab links might also have a slight delay.
Do to the workaround to overcome the missing Last-modified header from GitHub/GitLab. :unsure:

I am a minimalist when it comes to hosts sources.
Currently I have 18,353 blocked. Even that seems a little high to me. 🙃

The sources I am use are all websites.
AdAway official hosts - Pete Lowe blocklist hosts - Personal hosts - mvps (winhelp2002) hosts

Wish I had a better answer for you. 🙃

Cheers. :cowboy:
 
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What a colleague says is that Adaway chokes again with the screen rotation activated. That if it goes from horizontal to vertical, and the other way around it stops or crashes. But this I can not say since I always use it in portrait mode.

A hug
@PerfectSlayer, I tested the orientation change couple of times with 5.12.1 and it seems I found a problem:

When you switch from portrait to landscape while updating hosts sources, the third line: "Checking ... hosts source for update" disappears.
And when you switch back from landscape to portrait, that third line does not come back

It continues updating, just it doesn't display the third line to show what's doing now (hence if it takes long for somebody, he might wrongly think that it stopped or something)

And when it finishes the update the third line is still missing to show that either "No source update found" or to show "Hosts file updated successfully"

Hence I don't see that changing the orientation affects the update but it does affect the user interface

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When you switch from portrait to landscape while updating hosts sources, the third line: "Checking ... hosts source for update" disappears.
And when you switch back from landscape to portrait, that third line does not come back
Thanks for the report.
I think I have an idea why it behaves like this and I will see how I can fix it.

For the others experiencing slow down, can you pin down the version that introduce the regression so I can check what changed from this version?
 

gallegonovato

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Good afternoon:

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

I was able to check the horientacion and no problems. I do not know why this colleague of mine says he has failures....

I did notice the speed adjustment by going back to Adaway 5.12.0.

In Adaway version 5.12.1 it took forever to do the pricesis. And in the previous one without problems.

The ram of my movkl, so I don't know exactly. I think 3 Gb (LPDDR4). It is a Huawei Nexus 6p. But I never had problems running Adaway in all versions, and I've been using it for years. With magisk in sh latest version and the module for magisk for dl hosts.

I don't use automatic upgrades. Gago as always. By wiffi or datox, I upgrade and it was always very fast. I don't know if it's because the new version of Adawag was updated by fdroid.

Pefo in version 5.12.0 goes like a Ferrari or a Bugati.

Best regards and thanks to all
 

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How can i deactivate the root version only on twitter?
Screenshot_2022-05-24-20-26-50-353_org.adaway.jpgScreenshot_2022-05-24-20-27-03-572_com.android.chrome.jpgScreenshot_2022-05-24-20-27-10-822_com.android.chrome.jpg
These are my authorized persons and the problem I encounter. does anyone know how to help me? I don't want to deactivate adaway every time I enter Twitter and reactivate it when I exit, also because with the root version it does not load the page immediately and the problem persists for a couple of minutes before showing me the page. please help me !!

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I am sorry. i have tried everything before. I searched around and tried everything. if I wrote here it is because only you can help me! I apologize
Hello and welcome to XDA, @Redrum777
I hope you'll always find and get the support your require.

I assumed your permission and have edited your post in question i.e. I used thumbnails and placed them into a spoiler additionally.

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How can i deactivate the root version only on twitter?
These are my authorized persons and the problem I encounter. does anyone know how to help me? I don't want to deactivate adaway every time I enter Twitter and reactivate it when I exit, also because with the root version it does not load the page immediately and the problem persists for a couple of minutes before showing me the page. please help me !!

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Hello, I've got the same issue with Twitter, I can't open link to browser. How to solve issue please? Regards.
 

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    Hi all,

    The new 6.x beta was downloaded thousands time and feedback seems good.
    So it's time to push the next changes that upgrades how ad-blocker works with root.
    I updated the libsu and no more relies on its I/O module but only on device toolbox/toybox.
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    Hi all,

    Sorry for the trouble. I already identified this issue and fixed it but I didn't think so many users will encounter it (you use the app for the first time, by installing the 6.0.1 beta). So I just pushed a small update to fix it and update translations.

    Enjoy the beta!

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    Hope it helps PerfectSlayer figure it out. 🙃
    Sure, complete bug reports definitely help a lot! 🙏

    hence I asked the question. It surprising how many people run a test/canary build of their rooting app/method, and then questio
    This time, it was my fault 😅 It comes from the migration to the latest libsu version that change the root detection method. Using isAppGrantedRoot() does not request root access. It only validates if the app was already granted (returning a three states boolean 😑) I now start a root shell to trigger root access when selecting root ad-block method.

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    Special thanks to Dandu32, ipdev, Morghoth and zhmstar0310 for theirs helpful bug reports.

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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 6.0.2

    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.


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    Source Code: https://github.com/AdAway/AdAway
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    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)
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    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:
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    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).
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    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.

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    AdAway 4.2.5 on AndroidFileHost (md5: ab81225745afaaa7646024109de299c0)
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    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

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to all recent donators! Your help is really appreciated :good:

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    AdAway 4.2.0 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 023169e7c345ef7297095793024f8478)
    144
    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)

    If you like my work, feel free to support me. Check my sign for donation links. Thanks all! :highfive: