mic_888 · Mar 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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.

For more information and to download the tool, visit the main application thread, or check out his video on youtube.


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mic_888 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I've been around XDA since 2007 when I bought the HTC Touch, well things have moved on a lot since then, and I've tried my hand at developing for WM and Android (still learning), but wanted to contribute more by becoming a News Writer for XDA. I write mainly Android articles, and some Windows Mobile. We're always sifting through the masses of threads for front page news, but do let me or the other guys know if you think anything is newsworthy including any breaking news! View mic_888's posts and articles here.
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