Archive for September 8th, 2010

Open Source Android Apps for Developers: Android-apktool

Apps Description
Strictly speaking, Android-apktool is not an Android app, but an open source tool for reengineering Android apk files. It is a tool for reengineering 3rd party, closed, binary Android apps. It can decode resources to nearly original form and rebuild them after making some modifications; it makes possible to debug smali code step by step. Also it makes working with app easier because of project-like files structure and automation of some repetitive tasks like building apk, etc.

It is NOT intended for piracy and other non-legal uses. It could be used for localizing, adding some features or support for custom platforms and other GOOD purposes. Just try to be fair with authors of an app, that you use and probably like.

Project Home

Project owners



Source Code
# Non-members may check out a read-only working copy anonymously over HTTP.
svn checkout android-apktool-read-only



* decoding resources to nearly original form (including resources.arsc, XMLs and 9.png files) and rebuilding them
* smali debugging: SmaliDebugging
* helping with some repetitive tasks


* generator of patches for Omnipatcher
* any other things in issues section


* JRE 1.6 (Java Runtime Environment)
* aapt command in a PATH
* basic knowledge of what is SDK, aapt, PATH, smali and Google search engine may be useful

Installation for noobs:

* Windows:
1. Download apktool-install-windows-* file
2. Download apktool-* file
3. Unpack both to your Windows directory
* Linux:
1. Download apktool-install-linux-* file
2. Download apktool-* file
3. Unpack both to /usr/local/bin directory (you must have root permissions)
* Mac OS X:
1. Download apktool-install-macos-* file
2. Download apktool-* file
3. Unpack both to /usr/local/bin directory (you must have root permissions)

Installation of framework files

* See FrameworkFiles


* Open terminal/command line and type “apktool “. Then you should see usage help.

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