DArkO DArkO - 4 months ago 27
Android Question

Android Gradle replace Package name for a value in manifest

I am using Gradle with Product flavors where I set a different package name for each one.

productFlavors {

appone {
packageName "com.dg.app1"

apptwo {
packageName "com.dg.app2"

appthree {
packageName "com.dg.app3"

appfour {
packageName "com.dg.app4"


I need to be able to replace the package name inside the manifest for each corresponding app.

My manifest has this:

<receiver android:name="com.parse.GcmBroadcastReceiver"
<action android:name="com.google.android.c2dm.intent.RECEIVE" />
<action android:name="com.google.android.c2dm.intent.REGISTRATION" />

<category android:name="com.dg.example" />

So I need to replace com.dg.example for each app flavor's package name. What is the best way to do this?


Gradle Plugin v0.12 and higher:

Use ${applicationId} instead of ${packageName}.

Gradle Plugin v0.11 and higher:

As of v0.11, you no longer need to specify not to use the old manifest merger.

Gradle Plugin v0.10 and higher:

Assuming you're using version 0.10 or higher, this is now officially supported:

buildscript {
    repositories {
    dependencies {
        // Make sure this is at least 0.10.+
        classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:0.10.+'

As of v0.10, you'll also have to manually enable the new manifest merger, although I'd expect that requirement to go away in a version or two whenever the new merger becomes the default:

android {
    useOldManifestMerger false

Then, just use ${packageName} anywhere in AndroidManifest.xml that you would normally hardcode the package name. For example:

<category android:name="my.package.name"/>

would become

<category android:name="${packageName}"/>

Gradle Plugin v0.9 and below:

So, referencing this post, it appears this is not yet officially supported through Gradle. A simple workaround is the following:

  1. Replace the package name with a custom tag (e.g. <category android:name="my.package.name"/> becomes <category android:name="_PACKAGENAME_"/>
  2. Add the following to your build.gradle, under the android scope:

applicationVariants.all { variant ->
    // After processing the manifest, replace all instances of your tag
    // with the variant's actual package name.
    variant.processManifest << {
        def manifestOutFile = variant.processManifest.manifestOutputFile
        def newFileContents = manifestOutFile.getText('UTF-8').replace("_PACKAGENAME_", variant.packageName)
        manifestOutFile.write(newFileContents, 'UTF-8')