Sailfish X - the downloadable Sailfish OS


Sailfish X is Jolla’s officially supported downloadable version of Sailfish OS for selected devices. It’s currently available for the Sony Xperia™ XA2 product variants, and Sony Xperia™ X. Purchase the software package, install it on your own Xperia™ device and experience Sailfish OS on these great devices.


Our aim is to choose only great devices to run Sailfish X: together with our community we aim for devices, which can support all the essential features of Sailfish OS, and which have great specifications. The Sony Xperia™ XA2 product range and Sony Xperia™ X are stunning devices to run Sailfish OS. Their tech specs, camera quality, screen, and design if you like, will take your Sailfish OS experience to the next level. The next devices to run Sailfish X include the Gemini PDA, to which you can already download a community version.


Sailfish X is currently aimed for developers and other tech lovers with some skills. This simply means that in order to get the software running properly on your selected device you have to be at least a bit tech savvy to get through the process. Don’t worry though; we have good instructions for you.


Sailfish X is an open source project supported by Sony Open Devices. Sailfish community members and other developers and enthusiasts are warmly welcome to contribute and to build their own SW images from the sources. Please check the instructions from our blog post.

Availability and pricing

Sailfish X is currently available for single and dual-SIM variants of Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Plus, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Sony Xperia X.

Sailfish X Free is a trial version for the Xperia XA2 product variants. You can download and install it free of charge to try out Sailfish OS on your Sony device. The complete software package including Android Support will be available later this year for the Sony Xperia XA2 products.

The Sailfish X package for Sony Xperia X is available for 49,90 € (including VAT).
Current availability: EU, Norway, Switzerland

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Our aim is to make the purchase, download & install process as easy as possible. At the moment you need to be tech-savvy and have some basic skills to run through the process. We will add new instruction material to this section as the project matures.


Here are some of the most asked questions. If you do not find the answer here, please check or email

1. Why is it called Sailfish X?

The ‘X’ refers to the different devices that Sailfish OS can be downloaded to. Please note that this is a marketing name, the software is still called Sailfish OS.

2. Why do you charge 49.90 € for it?

With the price, you get a fully supported commercial version of Sailfish OS that includes commercial components like Android Runtime, and Exchange support. You also get support and updates for your OS from Jolla, and you can support the Sailfish OS development. Jolla has invested a lot of time and money for the development of Sailfish OS. Supporting a release officially is also a significant cost and there are licensing costs that Jolla needs to cover when distributing commercial components of Sailfish OS.

3. What is Sailfish X Free?

Sailfish X Free is a trial version of Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus, and XA2 Ultra. You can download it now free of charge to your device, and start experiencing Sailfish OS. The full software package for these devices will be available later during 2018.

4. Which devices are available for Sailfish X?

Sailfish X will be available for several selected devices in the future. Currently, it is available for single and dual-SIM variants of Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Plus, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Sony Xperia X. The Gemini PDA is already available as a community version – read about it here.

5. Isn’t the Xperia™ X phone quite close to the end of sales? How long will it be available?

The device availability is indeed close to ending. However, there are a number of channels still offering it, and you can also find lots of second hand devices. The availability depends on the country you live in.

6. What happens to my Sailfish X software after one year of purchase, will it still work? This was mentioned when I purchased the original license.

The full Sailfish X software package contains software updates and customer service as long as the device is supported.

7. What computers can I use to download and install Sailfish X to my device?

Sailfish X can be installed on your device using a Linux, Windows or a Mac OS powered computer.

8. Why can’t I use a carrier locked device for this purpose? I have a device, which was originally locked, can I use it?

Unfortunately, Sony does not support unlocking bootloader to install alternative operating systems for devices that have been carrier locked, even after carrier lock has been removed.

9. Can I move my Sailfish X from my old Xperia X to a new device or do I need to purchase a new license?

The Sailfish X license you’ve bought is meant for one device model, i.e. if you upgrade your hardware to e.g. XA2 in the future you need to purchase a new license. However, if your device gets broken or is stolen and you want to transfer your license to another similar device we will transfer it for you.

10. If I buy a used Xperia device with Sailfish X already installed, can I use it with my own Jolla Account?

You can use the device with Sailfish OS, but without the commercial content requiring a license. If you want to have the full experience you need to purchase a new license.

11. Are you looking into expanding the availability? I live in a country, which is not on the list.

Yes, we are looking into expanding the sales beyond the initial list of countries. We have good progress in a few selected countries. Stay tuned for updates.

12. The Android Runtime of Xperia X is based on version 4.4.4 now.  Will you update the Android support of Xperia X devices?  

The Android Support of Xperia XA2 will be based on Android 8.1.   We are looking into updating the Android Support of Xperia X, too, after we have released the support for the new XA2 range of devices.