Windows-Based GUI Tools Makes APK Manipulation a Breeze
If you spend a lot of time taking apart APK files, you’re probably already intimately acquainted with APK Tool. For the unaware, it’s the go-to tool for decompiling, recompiling, and generally tinkering with APK in any way you want. Despite it’s incredible functionality, some people still prefer to use a nice simple GUI when performing basic tasks, as opposed to the menu driven interface of APK tool. It’s for this very reason that XDA Senior Member elesbb has put together a couple of simple little applications to allow basic APK editing from a GUI.
- The first is a GUI tool for the decompiling and recompiling of APK files. It allows the user to sign either .zip files or APKs as well as selecting .jar files for editing.
- The second is a GUI smali tool for more advanced APK editing. It will allow you to perform the smali/baksmali commands and clean up unnecessary files once finished.
Both of these programs require Microsoft’s .NET Framework 4.5 to be installed. If you don’t already have it, links to the installer are provided in the forum threads for each program. Be sure to check out the threads linked above for each tool for more info and download links.