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PerfectSlayer

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Hi all,

It has been a month since the last release and I think it's time to move on to stable.
I will never be satisfied by the all features I still have to ship nor the workarounds that must be implemented but I honestly think it is good enough for a solo developer on its free time.
So great news today: this version will move to the stable channel and the F-Droid store!

In addition to to some bug fixes, like the application exclusion list for VPN ad blocking method or a new hosts parser for very large hosts file (1M+ entries), this version takes a special care to the application update process.
There a new dedicated UI to this feature to show download progress and changelog. Thanks to a backend upgrade, it will also support updating F-Droid apk versions for those which download AdAway from F-Droid without using F-Droid Android client.

I also integrated the last state of translations. About 130 pull requests! Thanks to all translators that take of their time to make the application accessible to others.
If you are curious, I publish a monthly updated World map of AdAway users and I am proud to see the app is helping people all over the world
I must also thanks all donators and GitHub sponsors that keep me motivated on this projects by sending greetings and thanks. Thanks a ton you all! ❤

Changelog:
  • Add application update UI
  • Add F-Droid apk support to built-in updater
  • Add custom hosts file parser for big hosts file (1M+ entries, way slower but memory friendly)
  • Fix VPN app exclusion on Android 11
  • Update AndroidX and Sentry dependencies
  • Update translations

Thanks:

Special thanks to spiou, drothenberger and gallegonovato for theirs helpful bug reports.

Download:

AdAway 5.1.0
 

malavi

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When using systemless hosts you should not alter the location of the host file in AdAways settings.

It should be /system/etc/hosts .

Thank you so much! I changed it the first time I tried to activate it, because the app itself told me so.. :confused: Just changed it to default /system/etc/hosts and it worked like a charm! :highfive:
 
Thank you so much! I changed it the first time I tried to activate it, because the app itself told me so.. :confused: Just changed it to default /system/etc/hosts and it worked like a charm! :highfive:
It's history: On older devices the most common problem was "no space left on /system" so one step was to move the hostfile to another location and making a symlink to it.
 

Gitah.

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Just double checking, the latest version compatible with < Android 8 is the one on F-Droid, 4.3.6?
If that's the case the github page should be updated since it states that the stable build is compatible with 4.1 and up but then it links 5.1.0.
 

r0tt0r

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Hello and nicely done to fellow adaway crew. nice to see this evolving though i have an issue that somewhat hinders me using the awesome product you serve. im not rooted anymore, is like yeay, you just brought up whats needed, but i also use vpn so that means either use vpn or have ads purged. i looked for ways to chain 2 vpn apps but it seems due googles limitation not possible. any advice or sthg that would allow me to use this while beeing vpn,ed and unrooted welcome. the dns option of adguard is not welcomed
 

natanvarga

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Hello and nicely done to fellow adaway crew. nice to see this evolving though i have an issue that somewhat hinders me using the awesome product you serve. im not rooted anymore, is like yeay, you just brought up whats needed, but i also use vpn so that means either use vpn or have ads purged. i looked for ways to chain 2 vpn apps but it seems due googles limitation not possible. any advice or sthg that would allow me to use this while beeing vpn,ed and unrooted welcome. the dns option of adguard is not welcomed
I use nextdns. Filter lists can be configured.
 

andy356

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@PerfectSlayer After updating from v4 to v5, AdAway seems to have difficulty handling the Energised Ultimate list. It force closed a couple times before it was finally able to finish parsing all the lists.

This is only a suspicion, mind. It might not be the Energised Ultimate list, but it probably is, since it has 1M+ hosts, and you mentioned that you added a new custom parser for those.
 

PerfectSlayer

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@PerfectSlayer After updating from v4 to v5, AdAway seems to have difficulty handling the Energised Ultimate list. It force closed a couple times before it was finally able to finish parsing all the lists.

This is only a suspicion, mind. It might not be the Energised Ultimate list, but it probably is, since it has 1M+ hosts, and you mentioned that you added a new custom parser for those.

Can you post me somewhere a logcat of the FC? I guess it's an OOM exception but I would like to be sure.
The 1M hosts limit was arbitrarily set (from tests with a Pixel 2 device) but it should depend of the device specification.
I need to find a way to evaluate the proper limit (it might even be dynamic...) because the memory friendly parser is really slow compared to the default one!
 

Gandicela

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Question, please. I'm trying this v5.1.0 without root, but am unable to proceed further.

Any ideas?

Sent from my SM-N986B using XDA Labs
 

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D1l777

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I just updated to 5.1 from F-droid and I can't get Adaway to use root ad blocking anymore. I made sure systemless host was on in magisk, tried turning it off, rebooting, turning it back on and rebooting but the root option in adaway is still greyed out. Anyone got any suggestions? Thanks!


Edit: fixed the problem. Uninstalled and reinstalled and it gave me the option to choose root then. Leaving this in case someone else runs in to the same issue :)
 
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DeadlyToast

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I just updated to 5.1 and man that's a great look! And I don't even need to reboot the phone after every list update? That's great!
Thanks dev for the app and the update!
 

JGradyO

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I just updated to 5.1 and man that's a great look! And I don't even need to reboot the phone after every list update? That's great!
Thanks dev for the app and the update!

Rebooting was optional. It removes cached DNS entries, and will serve the same purpose now as it served in older (i.e., 4.x) versions, if you use the rooted hosts file method. If you're OK letting time expire your cache, don't reboot.
 

mrrocketdog

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Rebooting was optional. It removes cached DNS entries, and will serve the same purpose now as it served in older (i.e., 4.x) versions, if you use the rooted hosts file method. If you're OK letting time expire your cache, don't reboot.

".........(i.e., 4.x) versions , ..... . heck i'm still on v.3.3. (of course i'm on nouget [emoji51] ) but working great still. ty @PerfectSlayer.:good:
 

PerfectSlayer

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Thanks everyone for all your feedback and messages. This new version seem appreciated :highfive:

Question, please. I'm trying this v5.1.0 without root, but am unable to proceed further.

Any ideas?
Did you have any previous version installed or did you just install the app? If you were upgrading, from which version did you came from?

I just updated to 5.1 from F-droid and I can't get Adaway to use root ad blocking anymore. I made sure systemless host was on in magisk, tried turning it off, rebooting, turning it back on and rebooting but the root option in adaway is still greyed out. Anyone got any suggestions? Thanks!


Edit: fixed the problem. Uninstalled and reinstalled and it gave me the option to choose root then. Leaving this in case someone else runs in to the same issue :)
Thanks for the information. Are you saying the app was launching but no ad blocking option was active in app settings?
Then you reinstalled the app and, this time, it asked you to choose the ad blocking to use (but it didn't asked it after you upgrade).
 

ecera

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Hi, the newest update v5.1.0 seems to break the functionality of a few apps. Two specifically for me. One is the Amazon app(connection error) and the other was my Wells Fargo banking app(says currently unavailable when trying to sign-in). I was able to recreate on my wife's phone as well. Downgrading to v4.3.6 seems to fix the issue. It seems like both versions use the same host sources so I'm not sure what could be causing this to happen. Just thought I'd report incase someone else has similar issues.
 

Golf c

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Hi, the newest update v5.1.0 seems to break the functionality of a few apps. Two specifically for me. One is the Amazon app(connection error) and the other was my Wells Fargo banking app(says currently unavailable when trying to sign-in). I was able to recreate on my wife's phone as well. Downgrading to v4.3.6 seems to fix the issue. It seems like both versions use the same host sources so I'm not sure what could be causing this to happen. Just thought I'd report incase someone else has similar issues.
You have to whitelist the host files for those apps. Run a DNS log and try to get into the apps. Then it will tell you which host files are causing the problems. I had to do that for a couple apps including Amazon.
 

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    Hi all,

    I'm still having a break but I put my hands in the code base from times to times to think about anything else than work.
    So no big update here. I mainly rework the DNS log feature that needed love for a long time.
    It could now be easily accessed from home screen and clearly states usage and limitation. I hope users will find it easier to use.

    About VPN issues, the last updates bring a fix with IPv6 and a watchdog to enable in settings in order to mitigate VPN disconnections. It is quite hard to fix as I can't really reproduce and I don't get many logcats around here. But don't hesitate to discuss all together your problem here, a pattern might emerge.

    Take care

    Changelog:
    • Improve navigation by moving DNS logs to home screen
    • Improve DNS logs usage by explaining usage and limitation
    • Update dependencies
    • Update translations

    Download:

    AdAway 5.6.0
    10
    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! :)
    10
    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.
    5
    Btw, this is one scanner out of...30? This is a classical case of a false positive report. When it comes to 10 positive out of 30 on virustotal you can think about a possible risk. And even than it depends on the file.
    A root app for Android, a key generator for Windows all those files often cause false positive results.
    brain.exe is one of the best virus scanners.😉
    4
    I don't know if I should write it, sorry if this is off-topic, but didn't find a page where useful whitelists are posted for adaway

    So, I had a problem logging in to my yahoo account on a fresher version of android.
    Found out, that one particular URL prevented that by being on the blacklist of an adblock, it was google analytics (o_O). Maybe it's somehow connected with access to google-accounts on the phone, maybe it prevents loading of login tab somehow otherwise

    Next URLs was found into dns-trace of a freshly installed app just before hitting the login button (my adaway was switched off at this moment):
    ssl.google-analytics.com
    login.yahoo.com
    api.login.yahoo.com
    udc.yahoo.com
    s.yimg.com

    After putting the first line into the whitelist, everything becomes okay after switching adaway back on.
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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
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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:
    • 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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