How To Unpack / Repack .APK Files On Windows / Mac

Apk Files, if you are an Android user, we will assume that you have some what familiarity with this term. It’s famous among developers and users who like to customize their device like no tomorrow. This file extension denotes an Android Package File (APK). This file format is a variant of JAR format, used to distribute and install bundled components on to an Android device operating system. It can be extracted using archive manager and tools. This guide talks about unpacking and repacking of these .APK files helping developers develop on apps.

Basic requirements to attain this process include:

  • Archive Manager (WinZip, WinRar etc)

How To Unpack .APK File:

1. Open Formatter
2. Choose your file by clicking ‘Choose File’ button.
3. Set format as .rar and set a desired name and click Rename!
4. Locate .APK file folder and you have your file, extract it using any archive manager

How To Repack .APK File:

1. Compress the extracted files in a .RAR archive
2. Open Formatter
3. Set format as .apk and set a desired name and click Rename!
4. Locate .APK file folder and you have your file, extract it using any archive manager

Yes its that simple. Thanks to developers at XDA for creating and enhancing available tools for Android and other platforms. If you’ are a mac user keep on reading:

How To On Mac:

1. Rename .apk file to .zip
2.
Browse it using muCommander as you would on a basic archive manager
Yes now you can install the modified .apk files on your Android device. Same method can be applied for editing update.zip files. (used for customizing rom, boot animation, remove system app)

Enjoy.

Formatter (click here to download)

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