Termux for Android

Annika Backstrom
in Technology, on 17 March 2018. It is tagged #Linux, #Android, and #Terminal.

I'm a newbie to the Android scene, having made the switch from an iPhone 6 to my Samsung Galaxy Note8 only last November. I've embraced the ecosystem rather than trying to exactly replicate my old iOS setup, but struggled to find a Git client I liked.

Pedro Veloso's article on How to have a proper Git client on Android got me looking at Termux, which isn't a Git client but a terminal emulator and Linux environment that works with your average Android device (rooting not required).

I've only scratched the surface of Termux (lots of functionality is initially hidden behind keyboard shortcuts and a menu gesture) but I've already got my target workflow going: I'm writing this post directly inside my site's Git repository in Vim, and my site will auto-deploy when I push this post in a new commit.

I've installed a few other things like tmux and golang, and I'm looking forward to playing around in this environment, especially with an external keyboard and DeX.

Termux on the Galaxy Note8