bharath bharath - 5 months ago 299
Android Question

How to view AndroidManifest.xml from APK file?

Is it possible to view Androidmanifest.xml file?
I just changed the extension for apk file to zip. This zip file contains Androidmanifest.xml file. But I cant view the Androidmanifest.xml coding. Its fully encrypted.
How to view the Androidmanifest.xml file?

Answer

Yes you can view XML files of an Android APK file. There is a tool android-apktool

It is a tool for reverse engineering 3rd party, closed, binary Android apps

How to do this on your Windows System:

  1. Download apktool-install-windows-* file
  2. Download apktool-* file
  3. Unpack both to your Windows directory

Now copy the APK file also in that directory and run the following command in your command prompt:

apktool d HelloWorld.apk ./HelloWorld

This will create and directory "HelloWorld" in your current directory. Inside it you can find the AndroidManifest.xml file in decrypted form and you can also find other XML files inside the "HelloWorld/res/layout" directory.

Here HelloWorld.apk is your Android APK file.

See the below screen shot for more information: alt text

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