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It is a tool for reverse engineering 3rd party, closed, binary Android apps. It can decode resources to nearly original form and rebuild them after making some modifications; it makes possible to debug smali code step by step. Also it makes working with app easier because of project-like files structure and automation of some repetitive tasks like building apk, etc.


It is NOT intended for piracy and other non-legal uses. It could be used for localizing, adding some features or support for custom platforms, analyzing applications and much more.



Decoding resources to nearly original form (including resources.arsc, XMLs and 9.png files) and rebuilding them

smali debugging: SmaliDebugging

helping with some repetitive tasks




JRE 1.7

aapt command in a PATH

basic knowledge regarding Android SDK, aapt, smali and how to use Google may be useful





Open terminal/command line and type "apktool <enter>". Then you should see usage help.

Or view ApktoolOptions





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u need aapt binary as well to use apk tool which has api to decompile the classes adn other resources

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