What are adaway host files?

Adaway app block ads using host files from various locations and combines them automatically.  You can whitelist or blacklist additional webservers, or add a new hosts file altogether. There is an option to log DNS requests to help whitelisting or blacklisting. AdAway helps to white- and blacklist domains and IPs, If you want to see any ads on any website, all you need is to whitelist that website.

What is hosts?

It is system file that maps hostnames to IP addresses. It is a plain text file. hostnames is also called as domain names. The hosts file is one of several system facilities that assists in addressing network nodes in a computer network. When an app request an ad from example.com it was redirect to 0.0.0.0 or localhost with the help of adaway app. So host file find those domains or hosts with ads and redirect them to localhost. That's all.  

Official Adaway Host files

Download Link: SSL Description License
Download Yes Special hosts file for AdAway containing mobile ad provider CC Attribution 3.0
Download Yes hpHosts Allowed AdAway project to use it as default
Download Yes Yoyos Hosts file MCRAE GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE (version 4.r53)
URL SSL Description License
Download N MVPS HOSTS File, not available via SSL! CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0
Download N Some false positives (audiogalaxy) Unknown
Download Y (own cert) Includes not only ad servers Include URL
Download ? Malware list Unknown
Download ? Unknown
Download Y Japanese blocklist Unknown
Download Y -- Unknown
Download Y -- CC Attribution 4.0 International License

Host file requirements need to be satisfied

  • They should only block advertisement or analytic providers.
  • Hosts sources are potential security issues. The corresponding website of the hosts source should look "legit"
  • The hosts sources have to be available directly as plain text. AdAway can not use zipped sources
  • Malware blocking hosts sources are not included, because they would add too many entries
  • Default hosts sources should not include redirection entries.