[APP][ROOT/NONROOT][OFFICIAL] AdAway v5.5.1

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PerfectSlayer

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Hi all,

I took a few weeks break from the project to enjoy some time with my family.
I have two versions ready to release and a lot of bugs to read and support to provide.
So let's start with XDA! ^^'

Feedback:

When i use WiFi and turn it of after a while to use mobile internet i get no internet access, that happens only when Adaway runs for a while.
I already tried to turn off the battery optimization, any ideas ?
You are not alone. I add an "monitor connection" option in the VPN settings to check if the connection dropped and automatically restart the VPN. Please check this option and try if it is better.

The following needs to be confirmed by someone else, and its pretty minor in itself.

I wanted to add a few hosts sources and a number of allow hosts, which in bulk was easier to do on my PC. So I exported my list to a JSON file, edited the list on my PC and restored the list back into AdAway.

It all went fine, except for a number of my lists that I simply renamed (ie changed the label). The items I renamed (and only changed the name of) still had their old name.
When importing a source, I insert it to the database. As the primary key is the URL (or the file path) and conflicts are ignored, a renamed source will be ignored during the import. Do you think it must be changed?

PS: I am now blocking a lot of hosts (but still less than the 700k), and I am getting a little concerned that the AdAway single database file is now over 168MB I dont know at what point sqlite starts to behave badly or poorly, but looking at the contents, it *may* be prudent to break this dB into 2 or more datrabases.
That's a lot! Good thing is the database should be performant enough when growing but it's still big.
I use the Room Android framework to manage the database. I don't know if the framework cleans up from time to time. Could you try to call vacuum and see what size it takes? Do you manipulate the database by yourself or is it just the app that populates it?

I checked AdAway in the settings, and there was nothing there to add
Are you running the 5.3+ version? I should have fixed this issue « Fix crash with source file when SAF permission is removed »

Okay, it's still early here and everyone is still sleeping. Time to burn some CPU to build a new version!

A moment later...

Here it is! I also updated the backend to serve the 5.3.0 version on f-droid using the built-in updater =)

Changelog:
  • Add VPN monitor option to prevent disconnection
  • Update source update status indicator
  • Update Android gradle plugin
  • Update Sentry DSN to support older TLS versions
  • Update mongoose web server
  • Update dependencies
  • Fix welcome screen telemetry preference
  • Fix VPN authorization check at startup

Thanks:

Special thanks to BearTM, elvissteinjr, ipdev99, patkarmandar, RobBeyer for their bug reports.

Download:

AdAway 5.4.0
 
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zgfg

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Thanks @PerfectSlayer but getting the error "App not installed" :S
You can't install XDA version over the F-Droid or vice versa. You can only update XDA over XDA (or F-Droid over F-Droid), because of different packages names.
E.g., uninstall F-Droid and download/install from XDA.
There was previously an issue with updating from F-Droid, IDK was it fixed or not (I don't use F-Droid) - to make it simpler, use only the XDA version.
Updated my XDA 5.3 to 5.4 with no problem.
 

Utini

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You are not alone. I add an "monitor connection" option in the VPN settings to check if the connection dropped and automatically restart the VPN. Please check this option and try if it is better.

I am using the root based adblocker so I do not have this VPN settings available?

Also is it recommended to use the webserver option or not? What is the difference for me as endpoint user?
 

zgfg

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I am using the root based adblocker so I do not have this VPN settings available?

Also is it recommended to use the webserver option or not? What is the difference for me as endpoint user?
The idea with Webserver is to avoid an empty space reserved to show the blocked adds but some apps like XDA or Amazon do not work with the Web server option enabled (although, Amazon can be whitelisted instead) - please search and read hrough the thread, it was discussed more than once and AFAIK more apps were mentioned as affected by the Webserver option
 

gallegonovato

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Good afternoon @PerfectSlayer

Adaway that will happen to download only from github, its official website and from xda?

I comment because I use the version that uploads to Fdroid. And I don't know if you are planning to stop uploading your great app to fdroid.

Because then the new versions I would not be able to install them . And then I install it (before uninstalling the other version), from one of the other places.

Best regards
 

shah22

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The idea with Webserver is to avoid an empty space reserved to show the blocked adds but some apps like XDA or Amazon do not work with the Web server option enabled (although, Amazon can be whitelisted instead) - please search and read hrough the thread, it was discussed more than once and AFAIK more apps were mentioned as affected by the Webserver option
I don't know about amazon but xda app is working fine here on my end with webserver option enabled ..
Also if I mis-understood what you tried to say, accept my apology
 

DiamondJohn

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...snip...
When importing a source, I insert it to the database. As the primary key is the URL (or the file path) and conflicts are ignored, a renamed source will be ignored during the import. Do you think it must be changed?
...snip...
NO, you do need to change it. There are less than 60 (only 3 by default, but I now have 54 NB some are only a few lines/hosts long). Its good to now how it works, and I can now work to that, and would not expect anything else from someone else's app. Especially when it works.

That's a lot! Good thing is the database should be performant enough when growing but it's still big.
I use the Room Android framework to manage the database. I don't know if the framework cleans up from time to time. Could you try to call vacuum and see what size it takes? Do you manipulate the database by yourself or is it just the app that populates it?
So, now I am actually around 718K! and the dB is almost 178MB. I copied the dB to another location, and did some admin stuff on it:
Code:
Vacuuming /data/media/0/app.db

Before:
-rw-rw-r-- 1 media_rw media_rw 177725440 2021-02-28 13:59 /data/media/0/app.db
===================================================
===================================================
After:
-rw-rw-r-- 1 media_rw media_rw 177725440 2021-02-28 13:59 /data/media/0/app.db
So vacuuming made no difference. Neither did a re-index or an optimize.

I'll zip it up and send you a link via PM, just in case you wish to see my dB; or ignore it of course.

Another weird thing is that I had the permissions bug / crash again. I simply resolved it by re-selecting the file again using the UI. But it had been working by itself, as is, as it was for a few days now.
 

tomdot

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Thanks for 5.4.0. Despite enabling Monitor Connection, I still have problem transitioning from Mobile --> Wifi (always require disabling and re-enabling)
Wifi --> Mobile is always fine
 
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PerfectSlayer

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So, now I am actually around 718K! and the dB is almost 178MB. I copied the dB to another location, and did some admin stuff on it:
Code:
Vacuuming /data/media/0/app.db

Before:
-rw-rw-r-- 1 media_rw media_rw 177725440 2021-02-28 13:59 /data/media/0/app.db
===================================================
===================================================
After:
-rw-rw-r-- 1 media_rw media_rw 177725440 2021-02-28 13:59 /data/media/0/app.db
So vacuuming made no difference. Neither did a re-index or an optimize.

I'll zip it up and send you a link via PM, just in case you wish to see my dB; or ignore it of course.
Thanks, I download it. I will have a quick look when I find time to see what is taking the most space and if it's normal or not (can't promise I will do quick though ^^')

Another weird thing is that I had the permissions bug / crash again. I simply resolved it by re-selecting the file again using the UI. But it had been working by itself, as is, as it was for a few days now.
Hum, that's weird... The app requests to keep the right to open the file you selected.
Did you remove SAF permission from the app? Do you move or replace the file the app reads?
I am trying to narrow down the source of the permission denied error.

thanks for your work. how about changing thread title to reflect the new release?
Done! Thanks 👍
 
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MaXAiRO

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What could be some possible reasons that the AdAway local web server stopped working? I think it happened either when I updated to 5.4.0 or when I upgraded to Magisk 22 from 21.4. "Local web server not active"

-OnePlus 5 on OxygenOS 10.0.1 (Android 10)
-Magisk 22
-Systemless hosts module enabled
-No VPN
-It's set to 127.0.0.1 and ::1 as always
-The AdAway certificate is installed
-Tried with both WiFi and data.
-Did several reboots

It had been working fine since the early releases of version 5 and I noticed that it stopped working yesterday because the AdAway logo doesn't appear in sites instead of the broken sad faces.

I searched the last 10 pages and used the search function too but couldn't find anything similar except for the usual questions about Amazon.
 

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Thanks, I download it. I will have a quick look when I find time to see what is taking the most space and if it's normal or not (can't promise I will do quick though ^^')
An extra FYI. I have an app that estimates the table to file size contribution, and I ran it on my large adaway database.
adaway.PNG


I also ran it on my other phone, which has the default host sources:
adaway_default_hosts.PNG


Interesting that the percentage totals were within the same ballpark between both. But it obviously comes down to the two big two tables which are very much related and I guess would differ more if one had a lot more duplication between host sources.
 
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cognitivedissonance

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Anyone know what I need to whitelist to enable "Messages for web" using Google's Messages app? It blocks it until I stop Adaway. I tried running the DNS logger and it's pretty clearly not logging the actual requests b/c I whitelist what comes up and it still is failing until I again stop Adaway.

Side note: the built-in DNS logger doesn't really seem to show all the traffic. Does anyone have any suggestions about an app that does? It's frustrating not being able to figure out what to whitelist.
 

celestialspring

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Anyone know what I need to whitelist to enable "Messages for web" using Google's Messages app? It blocks it until I stop Adaway. I tried running the DNS logger and it's pretty clearly not logging the actual requests b/c I whitelist what comes up and it still is failing until I again stop Adaway.

Side note: the built-in DNS logger doesn't really seem to show all the traffic. Does anyone have any suggestions about an app that does? It's frustrating not being able to figure out what to whitelist.

I sometimes find it helpful to switch on / off airplane mode after performing such actions.

Force closing the app and restarting adaway is also helpful.
 

celestialspring

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Strange behaviour with tTorrent app

The automatic VPN connection is killed as soon as I start the ttorrent app and the VPN connection does not come back until I kill the ttorrent app.

Anyone faced similar issues with tTorrent or other apps?
 

zgfg

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Strange behaviour with tTorrent app

The automatic VPN connection is killed as soon as I start the ttorrent app and the VPN connection does not come back until I kill the ttorrent app.

Anyone faced similar issues with tTorrent or other apps?
Did you configure AdAway to whitelist iTorrent for VPN - Android allows only one VPN connection at a time
 

celestialspring

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Did you configure AdAway to whitelist iTorrent for VPN - Android allows only one VPN connection at a time

Thank you.

The torrent app is not whitelisted because it displays ads. I was not aware that the torrent app needs it own vpn?

While we are on the topic, flud torrent app also has the same behaviour.

Never had this issue with other vpn based ad blockers.
 

yuruyuri

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What could be some possible reasons that the AdAway local web server stopped working? I think it happened either when I updated to 5.4.0 or when I upgraded to Magisk 22 from 21.4. "Local web server not active"

-OnePlus 5 on OxygenOS 10.0.1 (Android 10)
-Magisk 22
-Systemless hosts module enabled
-No VPN
-It's set to 127.0.0.1 and ::1 as always
-The AdAway certificate is installed
-Tried with both WiFi and data.
-Did several reboots

It had been working fine since the early releases of version 5 and I noticed that it stopped working yesterday because the AdAway logo doesn't appear in sites instead of the broken sad faces.

I searched the last 10 pages and used the search function too but couldn't find anything similar except for the usual questions about Amazon.

Same on my device.
It may be reproducible bug on v5.4.0
 

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    Hi all,

    Here is a quick update that improves the app update screen, validates domain redirection and fixes a crash with VPN using IPv6 DNS. Nothing exceptional but it is always welcome.

    On a personal note, I will take few weeks off the project as my doctor ask me to do because I suffer from burnout.
    The project is not abandoned but I think it is healthier to me to step aside a moment until I take time to focus on myself and honestly evaluate if AdAway brings me more stress than pleasure.

    So don't expect me to handle the umpteenth question about YouTube history or some wrong text alignment GitHub issue soon! (but accessibility is an other and real subject, don't get me wrong here ;))

    Changelog:
    • Add redirection validation
    • Improve application update screen
    • Update Android gradle plugin
    • Update NDK
    • Update dependencies
    • Fix VPN crash when the only system DNS server available uses IPv6 and IPv6 is disabled from settings
    • Remove html
    • textview dependency and jcenter repository

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to FrostbiterTy, SapphireExile, zgfg for their bug reports.

    Download:

    AdAway 5.5.1
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    On a personal note, I will take few weeks off the project as my doctor ask me to do because I suffer from burnout.
    I wish you the very best. Please really follow the advice of your doctor! Real life comes very first!
    We're looking forward to seeing you back in the best condition, whenever that is. It's your decision, and please "play" very carefully or better not at all with your health.
    Thanks very much indeed for everything that you contribute to us and the whole XDA community! Your "products" are examplary, and your permanent support (from which you now probably suffer) has always been absolutely excellent. I couldn't and wouldn't use a device without YOUR AdAway! A very personal thank you from my side.
    Take care, stay safe, stay healthy!

    Regards
    Oswald Boelcke
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    A quick comment here: F-Droid itself is in charge of building the application updates for its store.
    As often, it is failing to do so (See the last build log: https://f-droid.org/wiki/index.php?title=org.adaway/lastbuild) and it may retry later.

    Once built, I update the application backend to serve the update for the user who doesn't have installed the F-Droid store to let them receive the update. So all updates should come to F-Droid at mid-term.

    Remember, you can't mix update from GitHub and F-Droid due to different apk signature, GitHub will always have the updates first and does not contains the Sentry opt-in only telemetry library.
    9
    To add to what @PerfectSlayer said, as I understand F-Droid's build process (which is very little), F-Droid build servers look at an application's git repository- specifically at the version tags. So if Perfectslayer makes 100 commits on GitHub but never creates a new version tag, F-Droid build servers won't build a new version.

    That being said, I don't know if Perfectslayer builds or tags a new version after EVERY commit. Probably not. So F-Droid may be a little behind simply because of how often the developer chooses to tag a change as a new version of the program.

    Yes, there are two kinds of build on GitHub :
    • The releases, the apk I shared on each new version,
    • The dev builds, the apk related to each commit (also known as continuous build),
    You can find the GitHub releases here : https://github.com/AdAway/AdAway/releases and the dev build at each commit action result page :

    1618466028984.png


    (The dev build are non-signed debug variant built by GitHub action servers where release builds are signed release variant manually built on my computer)

    And when there is a GitHub release (always associated with a new version tag), F-Droid will make a build for this tag.

    Now you know everything about the automated build I set in place! :)
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    Hi all,

    Here is a quick update that improves the app update screen, validates domain redirection and fixes a crash with VPN using IPv6 DNS. Nothing exceptional but it is always welcome.

    On a personal note, I will take few weeks off the project as my doctor ask me to do because I suffer from burnout.
    Take care @PerfectSlayer ! Everything is nothing without health (I know what I'm talking about).
    All the best for you, sometimes you have to set priorities.
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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 F-Droid Store and below:


    Beta versions are available on XDA development thread only:

    AdAway 5.0.10


    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)
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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:
    • 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)
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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:

    Download:

    AdAway 4.2.0 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 023169e7c345ef7297095793024f8478)
    142
    Hi all,

    After receiving a lot of bug reports about the translation issue with the menu drawer, I finally take time to try to fix it (my holidays just start ;))
    So I fix all incomplete string-array issues the best I could (I can't really understand all languages the app has) but you should get at least all menu entries.
    If some of them are switched or mislabeled, it could be fixed by a translation update. I hope it will encourage translators to patch it when needed (whereas a missing entry could be easily missed).

    I also improve the "not enough space" dialog error.
    It will now display a more detailed message, like failed to mount as rw, which leads to no space to write hosts file.

    Finally, I removed the telemetry startup message (for F-Droid opt-in users only) to replace them by app update only.
    It allows me to understand which versions of the app are installed on which Android platforms.
    (let's say there is a new target version available and I would like to know if I should spend hours to migrate right now or wait few months until more dev feedback becomes available ^^')

    Changelog:
    • Improve hosts file parsing
    • Improve hosts file install error message (add more details than not enough space)
    • Fix menu drawer translation issue
    • Update translations
    • Replace startup (opt-in only) telemetry messages by app update only

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to @yky for its helpful bug report, @ipdev for gifting me XDA Ad-Free for one full year :highfive: and to all other donators.

    Download:

    AdAway 4.2.9 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 36a19c1d6208a8522025637182a400a7)
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