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APKTool v0.9.2 – Re-engineer apk files
APKTool v0.9.2 is a tool developed by XDA member Brut.all for re-engineering third party Android apps.
It can be used for localising, or adding features for custom platforms – it is not intended for piracy and other illegal uses.
Originally posted by Brut.all
- Helping with some repetitive tasks
- Decoding resources to nearly original form
- Updating resource IDs contained in app code after resources repackaging
- Many apps supported
- Smali, baksmali and Android resources built-in
Currently APKTool only runs on Linux, but Brut.all has started work on a Windows version. Also framework-res.apk cannot be decrypted since it (and other system files) appear to be built using some of Google’s private tools – but hopefully will be fixed in future developments, for example a custom appt-like tool.
In order to use APKTool, a basic knowledge of the SDK, aapt, PATH and smali is required.
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