Jing Li Jing Li - 11 months ago 136
Android Question

How to use a different launcher activity in a product flavor?

I'm working on an Android library project, in the default src/main/AndroidManifest.xml, the MainActivity is the launcher activity.

For the sake of something else, I created product flavors. Yes, it works perfect if I want to trigger / show different activitis inside different product flavors. However, I wanna keep the default launcher activity from src/main/ folder, while register another flavored activity as the new launcher activity. So that for different product flavors, I could have different launcher activities, and from them I could still start original "launcher" activity in src/main/.

Could anyone kindly tell me how to achive that? Thanks a lot.


  1. Adding
    if (BuildConfig.FLAVOR.equals("flavorName"))
    code to original launcher activity is not prefered. Because I don't want to modify the production code from someone else (this is a library project).

  2. I've tried
    , but seems like it doesn't work for
    (I noticed that the element merging policy for intent-filter is always).

<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

If this may work, could you please kindly guide me how to make it work? Thanks.

Answer Source

What I have tried:

  1. Enabling Manifest Merger, which doesn't work;
  2. Using activity-alias, which doesn't work either.

Finally I found out that the problem could be solved by just adding one line:

<category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />


To make it clear, I'll go through the problem and solution one more time:

Under src/main/java there is a MainActivity, and in corresponding src/main/AndroidManifest.xml it specifies MainActivity as the launcher activity:

<activity android:name=".MainActivity"
    android:label="@string/app_name" >
        <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

That is a very easy part. Now we start with the product flavor part.

Due to some reason, in a product flavor, I don't want to overwrite the MainActivity, instead, I have a YetAnotherMainActivity. The goal is to set the YetAnotherMainActivity as the new launcher activity in the product flavor, and it should still be able to call MainActivity.

And here, is how you can set the new activity in product flavor as the new launcher activity:


<activity android:name="com.example.YetAnotherMainActivity"
        <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />

Yep, it turns out deadly easy. Just add android.intent.category.DEFAULT.