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APK Editor Studio combines the ease of simple utilities and the power of IDE-like editors. It can be used to either quickly replace APK icon and title without any specific technical knowledge or create major APK mods by changing the internal resources, editing the reverse-engineered code and tweaking the Android manifest.
APK Editor Studio is a next-step project aimed at expanding the ideas from its predecessor, APK Icon Editor. Users of the latter can read this post containing the comparison of these tools in order to get an idea of feature highlights and key differences.
This software is totally free, open source and is available for all major platforms:
- Windows (7 – 10)
- macOS (10.7 – 10.14)
APK Editor Studio automatically detects the corresponding APK resources letting you to easily change Android app icon. It supports Android qualifiers (e.g. different DPI values) and automatic conversion between the numerous image formats (see the “Image Editor” section).
APK Editor Studio also automatically parses the proper string resources, which makes it really easy to change Android app title. Multilingual interfaces are supported: you can change application title for different locales and other qualifiers.
Internal image viewer/editor supports PNG, SVG, JPEG, BMP, ICO, GIF, WebP, ICNS, TIFF, TGA and many other image formats. APK Editor Studio provides automatic behind-the-scenes conversion between them so there is no need to waste your time converting your image to the needed format using third-party software and external editors.
You can quickly edit XML and YAML files in the internal code editor. Syntax highlighting support for other formats is also planned. You can become a contributor (check out our project at GitHub) and write one by yourself following the Qt QSyntaxHighlighter docs and the APK Editor Studio XML highlighter example.
Besides the file browser for APK contents, APK Editor Studio also includes intelligent resource inspector which automatically categorizes Android resources by type and qualifiers. This makes it really easy to browse through them, edit, replace, export, etc.
For those who doesn’t want to dive deeply into all the advanced features for APK modding, the project hub provides a quick access to the most used and relevant functions, letting users to reach the needed actions just in one click:
- Edit Android application icon
- Edit Android application title
- Explore APK contents
- Install APK on device
Instead of manually editing the Android manifest XML file, users can change the most important and crucial application properties quickly and easily using APK Editor Studio:
- Change version code
- Change version name
- Change minimum API level
- Change target API level
More manifest parameters are planned for future releases.
The inbuilt APK installer and device manager are really handy when it comes to instant APK installation. No need to manually copy the resulting APK on your device and install in from there: applications can be installed on the connected Android devices just in a couple of clicks.
APK Editor Studio automatically signs APK using the standard Android apksigner tool. The pre-created key is provided by default to make the repacking process as smooth as possible, without having to set up anything. However, users can also provide their own existing keys or even create one right from the APK Editor Studio using the internal key manager.
Saved passwords are encrypted using the native platform-specific methods.
Additional APK optimization is performed through the standard Android zipalign tool which is executed after the APK is packed. This improves the Android application stability and reduces the RAM usage.
APK Editor Studio is a totally free and open source software licensed under GNU GPL v3. You can support this project:
What’s New in APK Editor Studio v1.4.0
- Added Android Explorer
- Added AAPT2 support
- Added ability to take screenshots
- Added ability to set Java heap size
- Added support for UTF-16 and UTF-32
- Added 4 new translations
- Fixed GUI freezes and crashes
- Fixed project modified state triggers
- Updated QtKeychain to 0.10.0
- Updated action icons
- Improved Key Manager layout
- macOS: Updated minimum version to 10.11 (El Capitan)
- macOS: Updated Qt to 5.11.2
- Linux: Improved image format support
- Linux: Released first AppImage package
The major feature of this release is the Android Explorer. It includes the Android file manager which allows you to easily browse through the files on your device, manage, download, and upload them.
Many other improvements and features for Android Explorer are planned to be introduced in the future APK Editor Studio releases.
As a part of the newly introduced Android Explorer, you can now easily take screenshots from your device and save them to the computer.
Added 4 new translations
Thanks to our volunteer contributors, APK Editor Studio international community is getting bigger on every release. In addition to 6 already available translations (English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish), 4 new languages were added to the APK Editor Studio v1.4.0:
Fixed freezes and crashes
Previously, the time-consuming processes and synchronous initializations had a negative effect on the user experience. Since v1.4.0, the GUI is not being blocked on these operations anymore, and the spinner loading animation is displayed instead.
This release fixes and improves the responsiveness of the following processes and dialogs:
- APK initialization
- Title Editor
- Key Manager
- Device Manager
- About Dialog
AAPT is a tool used for building Android applications. Since the first version of AAPT is deprecated, many modern applications are moving to AAPT2. The underlying Apktool has an option to enable AAPT2, and now APK Editor Studio also supports this switch.
Minimum required macOS
According to our statistics, more than 97% of APK Editor Studio macOS users are running 10.11 and newer. As a result, we decided to bump the minimum required macOS version to 10.11 El Capitan. This allows to compile APK Editor Studio against the newer Qt 5.11.2 which includes lots of improvements and bug fixes.
If you still need support for the older Mac systems, you can download the previous APK Editor Studio releases or manually build the newer ones from the source code since the codebase still allows you to compile against the older macOS and Qt versions.
AppImage is a self-contained standalone binary package for Linux which provides an ability to run an application on most distributions without having to dive into dependencies, configuration, and compilation. From now on, in addition to DEB, APK Editor Studio for Linux also comes as an AppImage package instead of plain ELF packed into tar.xz.
What’s New in APK Editor Studio v1.3.1
This minor APK Editor Studio release introduces the following changes:
- Updated Apktool to 2.4.1
- Added support for Android 10
- Windows: Fixed missing icons
What’s New in Apktool v2.4.1
Highlights from the Apktool update:
- Added support for Android Q (Android 10)
- Updated baksmali/smali to v2.3.4
- Updated gradle to 5.6.2
- Fixed Java 32 bit support on Windows
- Other changes
What’s New in APK Editor Studio v1.3.0
The previous major APK Editor Studio update was released recently, so you also may want to take a look at the APK Editor Studio v1.3.0 changelog.
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