Download Latest BUSYBOX Binary For Android - Ready To Use!

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This version is pretty much the latest one you'll see online:

But the real latest one (to date) binary (ready to use!) is this one:

Few notes:

  1. Binary - meaning- there is no installation app.
    You'll need to place it under /xbin,
    on your device, and you'll probably need root access to do this.

  2. Make it executable using chmod u+x full_path_to_your_file_name, or chmod 0755 full_path_to_your_file_name
    Don't forget to run /system/xbin/busybox --install -s /system/xbin for 100% making sure all the busybox applets works fine.. :]

  3. If you don't know/ don't want to do [1+2], just download and run the (free) busybox installer busybox installer from the store (for Android devices).

  4. There are few options,
    of which busybox file to download and use.

    First of all- version.
    You better use the latest one (to date) which is version 2.26.2,
    it includes many bug-fixes and improvements since version 2.20/2.21,
    and even adds new features for the internal-commands (of course).
    It should work just fine for you, the minimum requirements are
    a Linux kernel with version of 2.4 or newer,
    which is supported by even the oldest Android devices.

    you probably saw few variations regarding the architecture,
    The rule-of-thumb is - use busybox-armv4tl which is the most generic for your phone,
    and busybox-i686 for both x86 and x64 devices, as advised on the official website.

    You might get better support for some features by using a more specific versions such as busybox-armv4l or busybox-armv5l - both would probably just as well,
    busybox-armv6l which is somewhat for the newer devices,

    busybox-i686 is mostly compatible with Linux systems (PCs) running both x86 and x64 CPUs (you can also probably run in on Lenovo tablets too)

    busybox-mips, busybox-mipsel, busybox-powerpc and busybox-sparc are not for you!

    And finally, busybox-x86_64 which is only for PCs running x64bit Intel-compatible CPU (might work *with lags* on Lenovo tablets too, but mostly for PCs only).

  5. Finally, once you've followed the instructions above,
    you probably want to rename the binary to just busybox,
    omitting any additional information, since most (other) 3rd-party
    apps will look for the name "busybox".
    alternately (advanced method) using symbolic-link in /xbin, to another folder having the actual binaries (but don't do it. Really!).

when running the busybox binary,
you'll see something similar to this:

$ busybox
BusyBox v1.18.0 (2010-12-01 19:10:28 CET) multi-call binary.
Copyright (C) 1998-2009 Erik Andersen, Rob Landley, Denys Vlasenko
and others. Licensed under GPLv2.
See source distribution for full notice.

Usage: busybox [function] [arguments]...
   or: busybox --list[-full]
   or: function [arguments]...

	BusyBox is a multi-call binary that combines many common Unix
	utilities into a single executable.  Most people will create a
	link to busybox for each function they wish to use and BusyBox
	will act like whatever it was invoked as.

Currently defined functions:
	[, [[, acpid, add-shell, addgroup, adduser, adjtimex, ar, arp, arping,
	awk, base64, basename, bbconfig, beep, blkid, blockdev, bootchartd,
	brctl, bunzip2, bzcat, bzip2, cal, cat, catv, chat, chattr, chgrp,
	chmod, chown, chpasswd, chpst, chroot, chrt, chvt, cksum, clear, cmp,
	comm, conspy, cp, cpio, crond, crontab, cryptpw, cttyhack, cut, date,
	dc, dd, deallocvt, delgroup, deluser, depmod, devfsd, devmem, df,
	dhcprelay, diff, dirname, dmesg, dnsd, dnsdomainname, dos2unix, dpkg,
	dpkg-deb, du, dumpkmap, dumpleases, echo, ed, egrep, eject, env,
	envdir, envuidgid, ether-wake, expand, expr, fakeidentd, false, fbset,
	fbsplash, fdflush, fdformat, fdisk, fgconsole, fgrep, find, findfs,
	flash_eraseall, flash_lock, flash_unlock, flashcp, flock, fold, free,
	freeramdisk, fsck, fsck.minix, fsync, ftpd, ftpget, ftpput, fuser,
	getopt, getty, grep, gunzip, gzip, halt, hd, hdparm, head, hexdump,
	hostid, hostname, httpd, hush, hwclock, id, ifconfig, ifdown,
	ifenslave, ifplugd, ifup, inetd, init, inotifyd, insmod, install,
	ionice, iostat, ip, ipaddr, ipcalc, ipcrm, ipcs, iplink, iproute,
	iprule, iptunnel, kbd_mode, kill, killall, killall5, klogd, last,
	length, less, linux32, linux64, linuxrc, ln, loadfont, loadkmap,
	logger, login, logname, logread, losetup, lpd, lpq, lpr, ls, lsattr,
	lsmod, lspci, lsusb, lzcat, lzma, lzop, lzopcat, makedevs, makemime,
	man, md5sum, mdev, mesg, microcom, mkdir, mkdosfs, mke2fs, mkfifo,
	mkfs.ext2, mkfs.minix, mkfs.reiser, mkfs.vfat, mknod, mkpasswd, mkswap,
	mktemp, modinfo, modprobe, more, mount, mountpoint, mpstat, msh, mt,
	mv, nameif, nanddump, nandwrite, nbd-client, nc, netstat, nice, nmeter,
	nohup, nslookup, ntpd, od, openvt, passwd, patch, pgrep, pidof, ping,
	ping6, pipe_progress, pivot_root, pkill, pmap, popmaildir, poweroff,
	powertop, printenv, printf, ps, pscan, pwd, raidautorun, rdate, rdev,
	readahead, readlink, readprofile, realpath, reboot, reformime,
	remove-shell, renice, reset, resize, rev, rfkill, rm, rmdir, rmmod,
	route, rpm, rpm2cpio, rtcwake, run-parts, runlevel, runsv, runsvdir,
	rx, script, scriptreplay, sed, sendmail, seq, setarch, setconsole,
	setfont, setkeycodes, setlogcons, setsid, setuidgid, sh, sha1sum,
	sha256sum, sha512sum, showkey, slattach, sleep, smemcap, softlimit,
	sort, split, start-stop-daemon, stat, strings, stty, su, sulogin, sum,
	sv, svlogd, swapoff, swapon, switch_root, sync, sysctl, syslogd, tac,
	tail, tar, taskset, tcpsvd, tee, telnet, telnetd, test, tftp, tftpd,
	time, timeout, top, touch, tr, traceroute, traceroute6, true, tty,
	ttysize, tunctl, tune2fs, ubiattach, ubidetach, udhcpc, udhcpd, udpsvd,
	umount, uname, uncompress, unexpand, uniq, unix2dos, unlzma, unlzop,
	unxz, unzip, uptime, usleep, uudecode, uuencode, vconfig, vi, vlock,
	volname, wall, watch, watchdog, wc, wget, which, who, whoami, xargs,
	xz, xzcat, yes, zcat, zcip

$ _

You might also want to download ssl_helper-x86_64,
and to place it in the same folder as the busybox binary (renaming it to ssl_helper).
It adds a workaround for SSL-certificate verification when using busybox's wget,
Not 100% sure if it is needed on Android devices too,
but it comes as a replacement for installing GNU's openssl and ca-certificates,
allowing to use certificate-verification with wget.
BUT you can (probably) always use wget without the verifying the certificate... :]