POSTS TAGGED: apktool
Posted November 2, 2014 at 04:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
What’s an APK? This question may sound trivial, but it’s actually significant. You may think that an APK is just the format of those fancy files that you can install on your phone. You’d be right, but there is a while lot more that can be done with Android’s application format in addition to (hopefully not blindly) installing them.
Android applications are nothing more than archives with various folders encrypted during the compilation process. With proper tools like the legendary Apktool, you are able to decompile them, make your changes, and compile them back–though this last part doesn’t always work in every case. You can learn more about the APK, its structure, . . . READ ON »
Posted April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am by Will Verduzco
If you’ve ever modified precompiled applications, you have undoubtedly spent time with XDA Recognized Developer Brut.all‘s APKTool or one of its variants. APKTool works quite well, which is why after so many years, people still use it. However, using APKTool then requires you to use a separate app such as Notepad++ to edit the decompiled binaries. Once that’s done, you then have to go back to APKTool to recompile the modified app.
In order to streamline things significantly, XDA Forum Member vaibhavpandeylive created APK Studio. Perhaps the best way to classify APK Studio would be to call it an IDE for .smali files, complete with syntax highlighting. But rather than simply allow yo. . . READ ON »
Posted March 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that building a custom ROM from source is much preferred to starting from a manufacturer-provided firmware and then adding on a few modifications. Building from source allows users much more freedom to merge commits and change practically anything they’d like. However, there are times when some users would prefer to start from stock firmware in order to keep OEM-specific functionality. Sony Xperia devices are no different, as for the most part one must choose between OEM-specific functionality and source-built goodness.
Those who have taken to modifying OEM-provided ROMs on Sony Xperia devices may have noticed a few issues recently. Ever since the latest round of officia. . . READ ON »
Posted January 16, 2014 at 03:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
If you ever thought of modding an application, you’ve undoubtedly heard about smali and baksmali. These two tools can convert an APK into editable files, which can then be converted into more readable Java files by a tool such as the one we will cover today. Decompiling can be done with binary files only. But for your own comfort, some kind of kitchen is recommended.
In the past, we’ve talked about many tools able perform various operations with precompiled applications. One such tool was created by XDA Senior Member ricky310711, author of Android Kitchen and multi-tool for Nexus 5. With Quick Mod Tool 2.0, you can easily decompile, compile, and sign an application. But those are just a small porti. . . READ ON »
Posted January 11, 2014 at 05:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
In the past few weeks, we’ve talked about several tools to decompile application and convert the output Java code. These tools, however, are for Windows and Linux PCs, and not Android devices. Naturally, these tools are very useful if you want to modify an application for your personal use or learn how to improve your own project.
Recently, yet another tool popped up to accomplish this task, but it has a unique twist. Show Java written by XDA Senior Member niranjan94 can decompile an application and show the code directly on your Android device. It’s a perfect solution for when curiosity takes hold, and you don’t have access to your PC.
The application uses two external tools: Class File Re. . . READ ON »
Posted September 11, 2013 at 09:30 pm by Will Verduzco
If you’re a fan of the notification toggles found in XDA Senior Member lidroid‘s series of ROMs for various Samsung devices, you may be hesitant to switch to a different ROM or even a different device. After all, as we discussed earlier, notification toggles are quite useful, and having more of them is never a bad thing. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Adi Aisiteru Reborn has created a guide showing you how to port the toggles over to various non-Samsung Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM.
The guide first instructions you to decompile SystemUI.apk, and then it walks you through the values you will need to modify. Naturally, you need to know how to decompile and recomp. . . READ ON »
Posted August 30, 2013 at 02:30 pm by Will Verduzco
If you fancy creating and applying themes for your applications, you no doubt have become well acquainted with APKTool. The application, originally created by XDA Recognized Developer Brut.all has become a staple in application modification on Android. It enables the modification of app resources by allowing users to easily decompile and recompile applications.
We’ve recently featured a few tools aimed at streamlining the APKTool experience, as well as a few guides on the subject. However, sometimes a script with some optimized use-cases can useful as well. This is where XDA Senior Member dfkt_ and his script BatchAPKTool come in.
BatchAPKTool isn’t intended to take care of every . . . READ ON »
Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm by Will Verduzco
A couple of months ago, we wrote about a tool that allows users to easily decompile and recompile APKs. Similar in functionality to the legendary APKTool (thread) by XDA Recognized Developer Brut.all, Android APKTool by XDA Forum Member Flextrick made the process extremely user friendly by adding a simple and easy-to-use GUI.
In the time since our last posting, Flextrick’s utility has been given a major overhaul in its upgrade to version 2. As before, it runs on Windows computers with Java and .Net framework installed. A temporary quirk, however, is that only the Windows 8 version of the app has been updated to version 2. The Windows 7 version is still on 1.2. Luckily, the Windows 8 version runs j. . . READ ON »
Posted June 23, 2013 at 04:00 pm by Samantha
Using a command line interface is a daunting task for many novice developers and themers. So its unfortunate that one of the most popular tools for modding and theming, APKtool, requires such input. This is why we’ve featured some noteworthy guides on how to use APKtool for its many purposes, such as decompiling and recompiling APKs. However, if you are looking for a simpler, more efficient way to decompile and recompile APKs without command line, you may want to check out Android Apktool.
Developed by XDA Senior Member Flextrick, Android Apktool is a free program requiring Java that performs the simple function of decompiling and recompiling your APKs. It allows you to install your framework, de. . . READ ON »