APKTOOL Posts on XDA

APKTool 2.4 is now available for decoding Android apps

APKTool is an incredibly useful reverse engineering tool from developer ibotpeaches. It can be used to decode most Android apps into smali, which can then be converted to Java for easier analysis. It's the go-to tool for most independent developers looking to mod apps or uncover their secrets. We frequently use it when analyzing apps...

PrivSet updated with Android Oreo support, makes it easy to modify Android Framework-res

One of the most popular uses of Apktool, a tool which allows you to decompile Android applications so you can make modifications, is to modify the Android framework-res.apk. This app, called the Android Framework, is responsible for providing much of the assets, colors, images, and configuration values on your device. For instance, you can modify...

Apktool v2.3.2 brings support for Android P, experimental AAPT2 rebuilding, and more

Reverse engineering Android applications is a popular hobby on the XDA forums. Decompiling and modifying existing apps is a skill that has been used to produce unofficial versions of apps with new themes, features, and more, and one of the most important tools at a modder's disposal is Apktool. Apktool is the most widely used...

Apktool Project Receives a Sponsorship from Sourcetoad

Apktool is a popular piece of software within the Android community and we've talked about it on many, many occasions here at XDA. For those who are unaware, Apktool is a piece of software that's written in Java which allows you to disassemble/reverse engineer 3rd party, closed, binary Android applications. Apktool does plenty of other things and...

Decompile and Modify APKs on the go with APKTool for Android [XDA Spotlight]

APKTool is a powerful piece of software developed by XDA Senior Member ibotpeaches. The tool allows you to reverse engineer APK files, allowing you to decode resource files so you can modify them and then recompile the application. It is extremely difficult to qualify just how important this tool is to the Android community, but a list...

Apktool v2.0.2 Released With Android Marshmallow Support

Connor Tumbleson aka XDA Senior Member iBotPeaches has released an update to the ever popular Apktool, which now supports Android 6.0 Marshmallow API 23, and it also includes updated v2.0.8 of the smali/baksmali project.You can find the official update blog post here along with a XDA post on the update. Download links for the latest version can...

Basics about APK Files and What You Can Do with Them

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...

Decompile, Edit, and Recompile in One Tool with APK Studio

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....

Advanced APKTool Lets You Modify Newer Xperia Framework Files

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...

Decompile and Compile Your Favorite Apps with Quick Mod Tool 2.0

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...

Port the Lidroid Notification Toggles to Non-Samsung ROMs

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...

Streamline Your App Theming with BatchAPKTool

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...