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.
- decoding resources to nearly original form
smali debugging: SmaliDebugging
- helping with some repetitive tasks
See this document for information: http://code.google.com/p/android-apktool/
See this document for information regarding smali: http://code.google.com/p/smali/
See this for the XDA Topic: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=28366939
Original Author: brut.all
Updated by: iBotPeaches (@iBotPeaches)
Last Update: February 2nd, 2013
GOOGLE PAGE: http://code.google.com/p/android-apktool/
(all this information on this page could be out of date)
- Fix bugs located here: https://github.com/iBotPeaches/Apktool/issues?state=open
- Change the way public.xml is decompiled. Some elements are hardcoded in the java and have to retain the same ID, while others are strictly resources and aapt can re-generate. This method would be cleaner and decrease the amount of failures, but is a big rewrite.
I sit in Freenode. You can find me (iBotPeaches/iBot-Genesis/iBotPikmin) in #apktool
The link below will auto connect to the #apktool channel. Remember IRC rules.
- I’m not always there. Leave a message and wait.
- Use the Bug Tracker for bugs: http://code.google.com/p/android-apktool/issues/list