ArcTools – Android Market / Google Play and Apps installer for your Archos and Arnova tablets


ArcTools is a program to help you installing Google Play (formerly Android Market) and Google Applications (Youtube, Maps, …) on your Archos or Arnova tablet.

ArcTools was initially made for Archos Gen8 (models 101/70/43/35/32/28) Internet Tablets and has later been extended to work with other devices. To support the Arnova first generation, Arnova G2 or Arnova G3 tablets, you will need a custom firmware, This allows you to play free slot machine games using android app where you can play the slot machine games for free. please refer to the “Tablets” menu above to find your device in the list, so you will access the custom firmware.

Please check here for a tutorial on how to use ArcTools

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ArcTools release history:

0.80 (2013/06/25)
Improved VPN (tun.ko) module support
Improved stability for battery life test
Added proper permission for root access with SuperSU: android.permission.ACCESS_SUPERUSER
Removed version number from application name.

0.78 (2013/02/28)
Added support for ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM-R) installation on Onda Allwinner based tablets (Onda V812 & V972)

0.77 (2013/02/22)
Added VPN (tun.ko) module support.
Added recovery partition update scripts for some devices.
Added file systems unmount before reboot operations
Modified application layout for better display on HD tablets (ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD, Onda V972)

0.75 (2012/11/09)
Added XBOX 360 controller support for RK3066 based devices.

0.74 (2012/11/07)
Added reboot feature (you can choose between shutdown, reboot, reboot to recovery or bootloader), thanks globula_neagra 🙂
Added new features on Apps packages (to be released soon)
Add advertisements on ArcTools free version, the donation version on Appslib is adfree.

0.72 (2012/09/26)
Finished CIFS (Windows/SMB shares) implementation for Arnova G3, tutorial is here, thanks Stellar7

0.71 (2012/09/21)
Improved ArcTools application start and added guide based on tablet model (not activated yet, work in progress)

0.70 (2012/09/06)
Improved CIFS support on Arnova G3 tablets.
Optimized application, package (APK) size reduced by 25%, now 180 Kb
Added ArcTools Donate version on Appslib, get this version if you want to contribute to our developments, server costs and support new tablets.

0.69 (2012/08/16)
Added CIFS support on Arnova G3 tablets thru kernel modules

0.68 (2012/07/12)
Improved script packages

0.67 (2012/06/21)
Added script packages for Google Play installation on Arnova 7 G3 and other devices. (to be released soon)
Added confirmation dialog warning on “Reset Market” feature.
Fixed About menu targeting incorrect window.

0.66 (2012/05/07)
Added “Hide/Show Status bar” feature in Settings, work on Android 2.3 based devices with a rooted firmware.
Thanks to petrus and for the tip.

0.65 (2012/05/01)
Added Romanian translation, thanks globula_neagra.
Updated Dutch translation, thanks hvdwolf.
Added battery life test logging to file (documentation to be updated later)
Updated Settings editor (corrected a bug)

0.64 (2012/03/10)
Not released

0.63 (2012/02/24)
Added “Reset Market” button to Delete Cache and Data on Android Market application. This should help to solve the “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server” when running Android Market.
Improved firmware download procedure, progress indicator is now more accurate, added second dialog for firmware unpacking
Improved wakelock to prevent the device to sleep while a new firmware is downloaded or a benchmark is run.

0.62 (2012/01/26)
Added Bluetooth and CIFS support (see Tools tab), requires specific custom firmware – more information soon !

0.61 (2012/01/26)
Added support the Arnova 7cG2, requires a specific custom firmware

0.60 (2011/12/22)
Added Cancel option to rootless Market installation procedure
Improved download counter accuracy on Firmware update procedure

0.58 (2011/12/21)
Added rootless Market installation procedure for some devices (to be detailed)

0.56 (2011/11/05)
Improved ArcTools application updater (progress indicator, proper application storage location)

0.55 (2011/11/04)
Fixed bug on the Arnova 10 G2 Market installation procedure
Added progress dialog for downloads

0.54 (2011/11/03)
Improved firmware download feature
Added support for Arnova 10 G2 thru custom firmware.
Fixed Force Close on Arnova 7c G2, this device is not supported yet for Market Install.

0.53 (2011/09/14)
Added firmware download feature (to be documented)
Beta test of Arnova models support for Android Market installation (requires modified firmware)

0.51 (2011/07/01)
Corrected some issues about the device detection for Android version.
Added Estonian translation, thanks Tanel.

0.48 (2011/03/15)
New Settings Editor, let you finetune your device, like moving softkeys to notification bar
Added greek translation, thanks Ioannis.

0.47 (2011/03/02)
New Web surfing battery test scenario
Added filesystem information (ext3, ext4, vfat) and Archos 70H 250 Gb support to I/O benchmark
Added support for Archos 7 HTv2 for battery and I/O test

0.46 (2011/02/22)
New I/O test feature: measure your Tablet and SDCard performance.
Swap information is now updated each time “About” tab is visited
Added Portugese translation (thanks Paulo), Danish translation (thanks Tuxen), updated Spanish translation (Rubik2k)

0.45 (2011/02/04)
Added Swedish (thanks Patrik) and Chinese (thanks Alex) translation.
Updated existing translations

0.44 (2011/02/01)
Added swap information (size and used) in About tab.
Added Finnish translation, thanks Patrik.
Modified battery monitor to include screen brightness information and sound volume
Added new battery test scenario (uses RTSP streaming)

0.43 (2011/01/20) Updated service configurator for UrukDroid users.
Modified application to save and restore username for battery monitor tool.
Added Ukrainian translation, thanks Alexander.
Added Polish translation, thanks $auron.

0.42 (2011/01/19) Added service configurator for UrukDroid users.
Added Russian translation, thanks Alexander.

0.41 (2011/01/17) Optimized battery monitor function, should now work for hours without getting killed by operating system.

0.40 (2011/01/13) Improved battery monitor function, now accepts different test scenario, and records CPU frequency. Added application auto-update feature.

0.38 (2011/01/07) Improved ArcTools screen layout on smaller devices (Archos 28/32/43).
New battery monitor function: sends your battery level on Arctablet web site, for battery life testing. (To be documented soon)

0.37 (2011/01/07) Corrected a bug in the Media Library Indexing optimizer. Thanks akmalhisyam
Added Czech translation, thanks Vaclav.

0.36 (2011/01/03) Added Dutch, Japanese and Spanish translations.

0.35 (2010/12/27) Added Android 2.1 (Eclair) support for the machines with default/original 1.0.84 firmware.
Added German and Italian translations.

0.33 (2010/12/27) Minor graphical changes. Added french translation

0.32 (2010/12/23) Added icons, corrected media indexing bug in /storage/network. Fully functional Market 2.2.7, thanks to kenyu73 and Sergej63. Arctools is now published on Appslib

0.30 (2010/12/21) “Default Apps & Market” is now uses the most stable package to date. Some additional and experimental packages will be offered soon. Package taken from gAppsInstaller_v4.apk thanks to kenyu73

0.27 (2010/12/16) Added media feature (speeds up Multimedia library updates) Updated Default Market to an older and more stable version, updated Google Maps to latest version 5.0.0 (not fully tested yet) under “Default Apps & Market”). Make sure you use “Download” before Installing Apps.
0.24 (2010/12/10) Updated Gmail App to version 2.3.2.
0.23 (2010/12/03) added “Remove Applications” function, cleanup whole /data/test/froyo directory
0.22 (2010/12/02) initial release

You can use this program to install Google Apps and Market on your Archos Gen8 device.

The program has been tested successfully on Archos 70,101 and 32. It is compatible with any know Archos firmware to date (1.0.84,2.0.54,2.0.71,2.1.2,2.1.3).

Download ArcTools

Your ARCHOS or ARNOVA tablet should come pre-installed with Appslib application. Please start Appslib then search for “Arctools” application in Appslib to download and installs ArcTools on your tablet.

You can follow this link for details on the procedure.

Don’t forget to check our tutorial on how to use ArcTools

Feel free to address us your comments and requests, we will do our best to improve the application.

Please understand that standard disclaimers apply, use this application at your own risks, use it if you really need it and you know what you are doing. We should not be held responsible if anything goes wrong with your hardware.


  1. I have a ARNOVA 8b G3. I am getting the errors:
    Error 28: Cannot create temp. directory
    Error 20: File copy failed

    My setup steps:
    – reset and restore to factory
    – Install Arctools 0.76
    – download
    – install apps

    Any hints what I should do to fix it?
    Can I help to fix it?

  2. I have tried to install on my Archos 101 Internet tablet the “Default Apps & Market V2.2.7” using Arctools 0.75 (received and installed via Appslib):
    after the download, I have done install application, but then I received the
    error 25: copy failed – archive file cannot be opened, check that your device is not connected to USB? but this is not the case.
    What happens and how to solve?

  3. Hello
    I installed 2.3 with Gingerbread CyanogenMod7 Android Market and Root on Archos 7 HTv2 (preview release) on my archos 7HTv2, all went well until the part of arctools, follow the video arctools installed, but when I download it gives me arctools “Error 25: file copy failed – Archive file can not be accessed, please check your device That is not mounted on USB.” the version is 0.68 arctools
    What should I do?

  4. Hi,
    I have an Arnova 9 G2 with the android 2.3 gingerbread operating system which I am new to, however I have been trying to read the above posts, but still am getting the:
    “Error 28: cannot create temporary directory”
    “Error 20: File copy failed”
    when pressing “install apps” button after going through downloading using Arctools 0.68 installed from AppsLib.

    I have tried all options even with a micro SD card both in and out of it.
    Has there been any new fixes for this problem or should I give up trying for the moment?

  5. Hi,
    I have an Arnova 9 G2 with the android 2.3 gingerbread operating system which I am new to, however I have been trying to read the above posts, but still am getting the:
    “Error 28: cannot create temporary directory”
    “Error 20: File copy failed”
    when pressing “install apps” button ater going through downloading using Arctools 0.68 installed from AppsLib.

    I have tryed all options even with a micro SD card both in and out of it.
    Has there been any new fixes for this problem or should I give up trying for the moment?

  6. Hi

    I notice there is a fix for installing this on the arnova 10g2 – during the installation process there is no option in the settings to reset the device, is this performed on the arnova by hitting the reset button and then just following the rest of the instructions? Just had to ask as i bricked my previous one trying to root it (thank god for faulty exchange lol)

  7. Hi. I bought a Arnova 7c g2 tablet (designed by archos) and it has android 2.3.3. The arctools dose not work. Is it because the android version is 2.3, or that the tablet is not rooted? Can anyone help please because is hard to search android apps on the web and download them from sharing sites, i need android market. I got you tube, maps, navigation, and mail to work but the market dose not work because it needs an google account and i can’t create a google account on my tablet. Please help.

  8. Hi!

    Does Arctools support the Arnova 10b? Using version 0.51, I can download the “default apps and market” for Eclair but when I try to install I get error 25, archive file cannot be accessed be sure your device is not mounted on USB (which it isn’t.)


  9. I downloaded this, stuck it in the tablet root, found it and tried to install it, and was told it would not install on my tablet (Archos 7).
    This tablet is a worthless PoS without the android market.
    I’m frankly starting to get pissed off that I wasted money on it.

  10. I just sent back a Curtis Klu LT7028 4gig tablet. However, after seeing the lack of response regarding the Archos 70b, I’m not sure I want to purchase any Archos, even the Arc 10, which I was seriously considering because of it accesibility.

  11. I’ve downloaded the apk file and launched it and it installs android market with google talk however whenever I try downloading apps from the market the download starts but never executes. And I have already tried clearing the cache and force closing it. Any suggestions?

  12. Your App “Arc Tools” sucks!!!!
    Since I donwloaded it on my Archos A32, the tablet is death, I can’t turn it on. It is stuck on a constant reboot. I can’t plug it on my PC by using USB because the device is not reconized anymore. There is absolutly nothing I can do.
    Thanks to you my archos is good for the garbage.
    If you hear me guys…DO NOT DOWLOAD ARC TOOLS!!!

    • The same thing happened to me with my Archos 43. The unit goes into a permanent reboot/reset loop after installing arctools and rebooting.

      You can fix this by holding the + volume button while powering on your device. (at least this is how it is done on the 43, the 32 might have a different combination).
      This will show you the service menu, which will allow you to restore the original firmware.

      I think my firmware was 2.1.04 when I tried this. I have now updated to the latest firmware 2.3.20 but I was not brave enough to try it again.

  13. Downloaded and installed from applib to my new 7ht … no problem.
    Clicked the [DOWNLOAD] button and received:

    “Error 25: File copy failed – Archive file cannot be accessed, please check that your device is not mounted on USB.

    I have triple-checked and I am not connected to USB.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  14. When I try to run Arctools 0.45 to Install Apps, it gives the error message:-
    “Error 25: File copy failed – Archive file cannot be accessed, please check that your device is not mounted on USB.”
    The device is definitely NOT mounted on USB.
    Is anyone else having this error, or can anyone help in finding a solution to this problem? All help will be greatly appreciated.

  15. i updated to version 0.45 and the marketplace stopped working. it opens showing a white screen and then abruptly closes. i’ve re-downloaded, re-installed and rebooted multiple times. It worked in the past… 🙁

    i’m using an Archos 32 Internet Tablet with the latest android OS.

    • Rednax,
      It’s normal, a new release has been submited to Appslib and it takes a little time before they validate it.
      In the meantime, previous release gets hidden ;(
      You can download the file from Arctablet web in the meantime.
      We’ve asked Appslib maintainers to sort this ASAP.

  16. I have just used arctools to install Android Market on my Archos 101 2.2.1 Froyo and 2.0.71 version firmware, and it worked a treat. Brilliant, many thanks to you guys!
    Was slightly different to the video, in that I had to install the later version of Appslib.

  17. okay after several tries got the market up and working but when i go to download any of my apps from the market it just shows starting download but that is about it. what give is there a fix in the works, i should of stayed with my old firmware for my archos70 🙁

      • Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Mine is an A101 with Froyo. My case is a bit interesting :
        a) a few days ago successfully installed Market 2.2.11 with through Arctools 0.4;
        b) after Market Fix, it went up to Market 2.2.7;
        c) played around with Google Voice and Sipdroid, then found Market downgraded to 2.2.11;
        d) reset A101 and installed with Arctools 0.43 but got only Market 2.2.11;
        e) waited for one hour with wifi on but no luck;
        f) did Market Fix, but still only 2.2.11;
        g) funny though, when I went to MyApps after Market Fix, it said “no downloads”, despite that my downloaded apps were still there.

        Grateful for advice to upgrade to 2.2.7.

        Thanks a lot.

      • Thanks for your prompt reply. Unfortunately, no luck.

        Mine is an A101 with Froyo. I think this might sound interesting to you :

        a) a few days ago successfully installed Market 2.2.7 with your Arctools 0.4;
        b) played around with Google Voice and Sipdroid, then Market downgraded to 2.2.11;
        c) reset unit and installed with Arctools 0.43, but got only Market 2.2.11;
        d) After Market Fix, it is still 2.2.11 but it says “no downloads from Android Market”, despite the fact that the previously installed apps are still there.

        Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello,
      ArcTools 0.43 changes are mostly related to UrukDroid and new translations being added, there are have been no changes lately on Market related functions.
      Haven’t heard about issues similar to yours, will try to have a look on an A32 here…

      • Fixed. Reset Android twice, no luck. Tried to re-install Arctools, install button went yellow and stayed that way. Went into file folders, apparently update didn’t replace previous version, had 2 Arctools folders (different versions), assuming both loading. Removed those, re-installed Arctools, working beautifully.

  18. I’ve downloaded the Arctools from AppsLib and successful installed the Market and did the Market fix. So far no problem encountered. I used the default installation “1” therefore a old version of Market is being used. Would the Market will be upgraded to the latest version automatically or I should do it manually? At this point, shall I activated the Arctools and overwrite the Market by selecting “2”?

    Many thanks for your efforts!

  19. I loaded ArcTools from AppsLib today. Very easy. Worked like a charm and I’m not very computer literate. Downloaded Kindle for Android. Got into my amazon account and downloaded a book from my archives. Downloaded Flash Player and now my daughter can sign into Webkinz. Downloaded Pandora but have not used it yet. Thanks ArcTools!!

  20. I loaded Arctools from AppsLib today. No problem. I downloaded the default Apps & Marget. No problem. I can get into the Marketplace now, but nothing will download. Being teased is a bummer. What do you think the problem might be? The maps and other apps that I installed using this tool are all working fine, but Flash still isn’t working either.

  21. hi, i have archos 70 ,use the last version arctools and firmwave , but one question, i can open youtube softwave , download on the market but the video always preloading can not playable .
    but when i use browser to youtube website , the video can be playable.
    how to solve this question ?

    • Newer release should be used as follow:

      – download and install the new application release (current 0.27)
      – start the application
      – in the application download latest apps package
      – install apps package from the application
      – eventually clear market data and cache
      – reboot

      A more detailed tutorial should be written soon

    • For the moment, we do not provide links to the Gapps zipfiles, when downloading thru Arctools, their are pulled from different places on the web thru a redirector.
      Still, if you really need the files, they are available after download in /storage/ on your device

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