We’ve covered APK stories before in articles like the one about F-Droid and Google Play Downloader, but never have we covered an app as cool as this one with a name inspired by the North American mammal, Raccoon.
Raccoon is a free and modern open-source APK downloader application that enables you to safely download any Android app available on Google Play Store to your Linux, Windows, or Mac desktop.
The incentive of Raccoon is to enable users to install Android apps without sending any kind of information to Google. It also works to store APK files locally, use a “Split APK” format, bypass application region restrictions, and aims to improve your phone’s battery life.
Features in Raccoon
- Raccoon is free to use.
- Raccoon is 100% open source.
- Available on Linux, Windows, and macOS desktop platforms.
- Comprehensive online manual.
- Respects privacy.
- Split APK installer.
- Bypass region restrictions.
- Revert to previous version updates.
Raccoon has been under heavy development with at least an update each month since its release in September 2015 and each update brings major fixes onboard. Also, you can easily submit a ticket to report any issues or give constructive feedback.
Raccoon is available for download on Windows, Linux, and macOS platforms and you can get the installer suitable for you by hitting the button below.
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Raccoon is developed in Java and requires a current Java Runtime Environment to run the it as shown.
$ java -jar raccoon-4.8.0.jar
What do you think about Raccoon? Are you learning about it for the first time or are you already familiar with its awesomeness? As usual, feel free to share your experiences with us as well as to drop your suggestions in the comments section below.
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I have a DJI mavic Enterprise drone. Rather than use a phone the drone has its own controller. To get apps on the controller I need to get hold of the actual apk file but Racoon seems designed only for transferring to a phone using a QR code. Is it possible to get the apk file downloaded as afile onto my desktop (Linux)