AndroidMechanic AndroidMechanic - 10 months ago 73
Android Question

shrinkResources set to true, but all unused resources (specifically drawables) not getting removed

I'm setting shrinkResources to true as follows:

releasepro {
minifyEnabled true
shrinkResources true
proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), ''
applicationIdSuffix ".pro"

But this is removing only a few unused resources. I am aware that gradle does some guessing and leaves resources that is is not sure are unused. Is there a way to remove all unused resources 100% ?

I read about setting the shrinkMode to strict in another thread. Will that help? I could not try it as I could not figure where to set it. Looked for examples and documents but unfortunately could not get to the right page.

Is there a way to ensure 100% removal of unused resources?

Answer Source

R.raw.Keep (xml file)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<resources xmlns:tools=""
    tools:shrinkMode="strict" />

Dont forget to Reference this Resource from .java source file. For more details see this

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