How to Decrypt, Unpack, and Edit .apk files (Android, Eclipse, APKTOOL) – Easy as Pie

yes you can view or decrypt the

XML

files of an

Android APK

file. There is a tool

android-apktool

 

It is a tool for reengineering 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: cmd_pic

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