[APP][ROOT/NONROOT][OFFICIAL] AdAway v6.0.3

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Nergal di Cuthah

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I have a feature request.
With DOH support coming and hosts file for rooted and local VPN for unrooted already supported there is yet another way, using Samsung Knox for unrooted Samsung devices.
Disconnect Pro in the Galaxy Store does this method.
This is better than local VPN for unrooted Samsung devices.
Just my take on this. It's likely that to access knox you need to have a valid security key for the API. AdAway is open source. Samsung would frown on the api being shown in the source. AdAway would be forced to close part of their source. This would probably mean it could no longer be available in fdroid. This would make users sad.
This is only my opinion and might be very wrong.
 

Dreamic

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Just my take on this. It's likely that to access knox you need to have a valid security key for the API. AdAway is open source. Samsung would frown on the api being shown in the source. AdAway would be forced to close part of their source. This would probably mean it could no longer be available in fdroid. This would make users sad.
This is only my opinion and might be very wrong.
Hm, well as an opt-in feature or something somehow it would be nice.
 

zgfg

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Newbie question, how do I redirect a website say like Instagram.com to another like Wikipedia.org using adaway?
Open Redirect button, take +, and for Hostname put Instagram.com (maybe better *Instagram.com) and under address put the address of Wikipedia.org (use DNS lookup, should be like 91.198.174.192).
Add, Apply and reboot
 
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Open Redirect button, take +, and for Hostname put Instagram.com (maybe better *Instagram.com) and under address put the address of Wikipedia.org (use DNS lookup, should be like 91.198.174.192).
Add, Apply and reboot
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I get this error.
 

zgfg

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First of all - have you successfully configured and used AdAway BEFORE this redirection?

Eg, on new devices System is read-only and you must enable Systemless hosts in Magisk (and reboot - I'm talking about root/hosts mode)

Otherwise I don't see a reason why AdAwaywould inot be abke to apply the configuration

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But you don't need to bother with this redirection since it will not work properly

Suppose you redirect instagram.com to 172.217.20.164 (that is, to Google)

Now sites and browsers force https, they no more want to use http

Hence, when you would try to open
https://www.instagram.com, you will be redirected to https://172.217.20.164

But from there, it will obtain Google's certificate instead of the expected Instagram certificate, and browser would complain that security was broken and would not want to connect to the redirected Google's https site
 
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First of all - have you successfully configured and used AdAway BEFORE this redirection?

Eg, on new devices System is read-only and you must enable Systemless hosts in Magisk (and reboot - I'm talking about root/hosts mode)

Otherwise I don't see a reason why AdAwaywould inot be abke to apply the configuration

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But you don't need to bother with this redirection since it will not work properly

Suppose you redirect instagram.com to 172.217.20.164 (that is, to Google)

Now sites and browsers force https, they no more want to use http

Hence, when you would try to open
https://www.instagram.com, you will be redirected to https://172.217.20.164

But from there, it will obtain Google's certificate instead of the expected Instagram certificate, and browser would complain that security was broken and would not want to connect to the redirected Google's https site
I fixed the error. For some reason magisk was uninstalled and twrp was gone on my phone. I don't get the error now but the redirection doesn't work either. So you're saying there's no other way to redirect websites?
 

zgfg

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I fixed the error. For some reason magisk was uninstalled and twrp was gone on my phone. I don't get the error now but the redirection doesn't work either. So you're saying there's no other way to redirect websites?
Yes. You have also some documentation on AdAway site, you can study how AdAway works
 

PerfectSlayer

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I have a feature request.
With DOH support coming and hosts file for rooted and local VPN for unrooted already supported there is yet another way, using Samsung Knox for unrooted Samsung devices.
Disconnect Pro in the Galaxy Store does this method.
This is better than local VPN for unrooted Samsung devices.
I had a quick look but it looks like it can only block ads on the Samsung browser, isn't it?
If so, what is the benefits compare to using a browser with an adblocker extension (or even a browser with builtin one)?
Hm, well as an opt-in feature or something somehow it would be nice.
More than an opt-in feature, it might need to be a downloadable plugin (or another build variant). This kind of feature will also require a backup upgrade in order to handle this use case as I can't distribute the app on the play store and F-Droid does not support it.

I also had a feature request to add a hook engine as blocking method. Though it requires a rooted device and some magisk modules, it should be possible to block even more ads inside browser or inside YT for example... But it won't be that easy to implement 😅
 

Dreamic

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Is it this app you are talking about? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disconnect.samsungcontentblocker
Because they only talks about the browser ad filtering in description. Blocking ads in the system is a violation of the Google Play policies. They will even restrict this behavior from VPN app…
That version does not do it, Google Play Store. I mentioned it in Galaxy Store in my OP.
It's mentioned a number of times on Reddit etc when people are talking about blockers.
It's like the only thing that uses Knox.
 
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zgfg

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That version does not do it, Google Play Store. I mentioned it in Galaxy Store in my OP.
It's mentioned a number of times on Reddit etc when people are talking about blockers.
It's like the only thing that uses Knox.
Yeah, but that is an API only for Samsung phones
 

Dreamic

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Yeah, but that is an API only for Samsung phones
Is anyone capable of reading my first post?
I have a feature request.
With DOH support coming and hosts file for rooted and local VPN for unrooted already supported there is yet another way, using Samsung Knox for unrooted Samsung devices.
Disconnect Pro in the Galaxy Store does this method.
This is better than local VPN for unrooted Samsung devices.
I don't really have anything more to say and this is getting annoying, unsubscribing from notifications.
Will continue using Disconnect Pro until something else can do unrooted blocking without local VPN or DNS.
 

PerfectSlayer

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That version does not do it, Google Play Store. I mentioned it in Galaxy Store in my OP.
It's mentioned a number of times on Reddit etc when people are talking about blockers.
It's like the only thing that uses Knox.
Ok. I did know this store as I never owned a Samsung device.
I had a quick look at the documentation and a such feature would require:
  • To use the Firewall Know API
  • To have a MDM provider (so having a dedicated backend)
  • To have a Know licence
  • To own at least one Samsung device to test it
It might be considered if anyone help with those points... But otherwise, it could be quite easy to create a new adblocker model for Knox.
 

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    Hi all,

    The beta for the new major version is running for 3 months now, so it is time to call it stable and promote it! 🎉

    As remember, or for those who did not take part to the beta, this new version comes with a whole new VPN ad-blocker implementation that greatly improves stability and reliability. Most of the disconnection issues has been fixed by now.
    It also paves the way for DOH (DNS Over HTTPS) support. It already works but it is not yet configurable from the settings and 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:

    From the last beta version (6.0.2 to 6.0.3):
    • Improve hosts source cache to reduce bandwidth usage
    • Improve GitHub API usage to reduce bandwidth usage
    • Update AndroidX libraries
    • Update translations

    From the last stable version (5.12.1 to 6.0.3):
    • 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
    • Improve screen rotation handling on home screen
    • Improve hosts source cache to reduce bandwidth usage
    • Improve GitHub API usage to reduce bandwidth usage
    • 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 mongoose web server
    • Update Android gradle plugin
    • Update AndroidX libraries
    • Update NDK
    • Update third party libraries

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to yoshimo for its bug report.

    Download:

    AdAway 6.0.3
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    I have a feature request.
    With DOH support coming and hosts file for rooted and local VPN for unrooted already supported there is yet another way, using Samsung Knox for unrooted Samsung devices.
    Disconnect Pro in the Galaxy Store does this method.
    This is better than local VPN for unrooted Samsung devices.
    I had a quick look but it looks like it can only block ads on the Samsung browser, isn't it?
    If so, what is the benefits compare to using a browser with an adblocker extension (or even a browser with builtin one)?
    Hm, well as an opt-in feature or something somehow it would be nice.
    More than an opt-in feature, it might need to be a downloadable plugin (or another build variant). This kind of feature will also require a backup upgrade in order to handle this use case as I can't distribute the app on the play store and F-Droid does not support it.

    I also had a feature request to add a hook engine as blocking method. Though it requires a rooted device and some magisk modules, it should be possible to block even more ads inside browser or inside YT for example... But it won't be that easy to implement 😅
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    it was already installed i just had to restart my phone :D
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    That version does not do it, Google Play Store. I mentioned it in Galaxy Store in my OP.
    It's mentioned a number of times on Reddit etc when people are talking about blockers.
    It's like the only thing that uses Knox.
    Ok. I did know this store as I never owned a Samsung device.
    I had a quick look at the documentation and a such feature would require:
    • To use the Firewall Know API
    • To have a MDM provider (so having a dedicated backend)
    • To have a Know licence
    • To own at least one Samsung device to test it
    It might be considered if anyone help with those points... But otherwise, it could be quite easy to create a new adblocker model for Knox.
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    Hello I have a root my Google Pixel 6 Pro and authorized super-user permissions.

    But after that I have a message that I lack space while no I have more than 100 Go.

    Anyone have a solution ?

    I leave you two screenshots in French sorry...
    You need to activate systemless host in magisk settings.
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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 6.0.2b

    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
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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)
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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

    Download:

    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: