Added on: 17-03-2017
Last update: 13-04-2017
Note: F-Droid will need root privileges to install this app as a system app.
F-Droid can make use of system privileges or permissions to install, update and remove applications on its own. The only way to obtain those privileges is to become a system app.
This is where the Privileged Extension comes in - being a separate app and much smaller, it can be installed as a system app and communicate with the main app via AIDL IPC.
This has several advantages:
- Reduced disk usage in the system partition
- System updates don't remove F-Droid
- The process of installing into system via root is safer
This is packaged as an OTA (Over-The-Air) update ZIP file. It must be installed using TWRP or other Android recovery that can flash updates to the system from the /data/data/org.fdroid.fdroid folder on the /data partition. The standalone APK is called F-Droid Privileged Extension.