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, Sony Xperia™ X, and Gemini PDA. Purchase the software package, install it, 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. Sailfish X is also available for the cool Gemini PDA.


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, Xperia X, as well as Gemini PDA.

There are three product variants, see table below: 

Sailfish X Free is a trial version for the supported Xperia devices and Gemini PDA. You can download and install it free of charge to try out Sailfish OS on your device. 

Sailfish X for Gemini PDA is available for 29.90€ (including VAT). Includes all features except Android App Support and predictive text input.

Sailfish X sailfish X software package for Xperia X and XA2 devices 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.

Sailfish X instructions: Feb 26, 2019


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?
Sailfish X is Jolla’s community program where our vision is to offer Sailfish OS solution available as downloadable solution for all the fans to enjoy in their preferred device. Currently the program officially supports a number Sony Xperia product range models and we have also announced together with Planet Computers UK Sailfish X availability for the popular Gemini PDA pocket computer.  

Within the Sailfish X program you will always get the latest officially supported Sailfish OS version to your device, currently Sailfish 3.
2. Why do you charge 49.90€ or 29.90€ for it?
With the price you get a fully supported commercial version of Sailfish OS that includes commercial components like Android App Support, and MS Exchange support for your Xperia device. You also get support and updates for your OS from Jolla, and you can support the Sailfish OS development. The Gemini PDA version does not include Android App Support. 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 X, XA2, XA2 Plus, XA2 Ultra, and Gemini PDA. You can download it free of charge to your device, and start experiencing Sailfish OS.

4. Which devices is Sailfish X available for?
Sailfish X will be available for more and more devices in the future. Currently, it is available for single and dual-SIM variants of Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Plus, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Sony Xperia X, and Gemini PDA.

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

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Can I move my Sailfish X from my old Xperia to a new device or do I need to purchase a new license?
You will need to buy the Sailfish X software license per each device you use. Sailfish X software license is dedicated to one device and it can’t be transferred to another device.

If your device gets broken or is stolen and you want to transfer your license to another similar device, please connect with our customer care thru Zendesk and we’re happy to help you out.

9. 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.

10. 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. Stay tuned for updates.

11. The Android App Support of Xperia X is based on version 4.4.4 now.  Will you update the Android App Support of Xperia X devices?
The Android App Support in Sailfish OS upgrade from Android 4.4.4 apps to Android 8.1 apps is a major architectural rework, and depends on a whole new hardware adaptation software (aka baseport) based on Android 8. The Sailfish OS hardware adaptation for Xperia X devices is based on Android 6 baseport, which as such is incompatible with our new Android 8.1 App Support.

With Jolla’s very limited resources, we have the chance to work on either one at a time, and we chose to develop and maturize the new Android 8.1 app support in Xperia XA2 product range. As stated earlier we will look into whether supporting other Sailfish devices (like Xperia X) is feasible only after we’ve got the support in XA2 in good enough maturity level and well stabilized. Also, please note that as communicated we will continue providing Sailfish OS updates for Xperia X, and the above concerns only the Android App Support functionality.

12. I bought the Beta version. What do I need to do in order to get the full version?
You do not need to do anything special. With 3.1.0 update you will get full commercial version for free as we have promised.