apk-parser

Extract Android Manifest info from an APK file.

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apk-parser - Android apk-file parser

Extract Android Manifest info from an APK file.

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While there are some implementations for this out in the wild, none of them handle all of the intricacies of the APK file-format. This module uses the aapt tool from the Android SDK to solve that problem. The tool will be downloaded and installed during npm install. Tested on Linux and OS X.

Getting started

Add apk-parser to your project: npm install --save apk-parser.

Sample usage:

var parseApk = require('apk-parser');
parseApk('myApkFile.apk', function (err, data) {
    // Handle error or do something with data.
});

The returned data object is an object-representation of the AndroidManifest.xml file. Here's a sample file:

{
    "manifest": [
        {
            "@package": "com.example.android.snake",
            "uses-permission": [
                {
                    "@android:name": "android.permission.INTERNET"
                }
            ],
            "application": [
                {
                    "@android:label": "Snake on a Phone",
                    "activity": [
                        {
                            "@android:theme": "@0x1030006",
                            "@android:name": "Snake",
                            "@android:screenOrientation": 1,
                            "@android:configChanges": "(type 0x11)0xa0",
                            "intent-filter": [
                                {
                                    "action": [
                                        {
                                            "@android:name": "android.intent.action.MAIN"
                                        }
                                    ],
                                    "category": [
                                        {
                                            "@android:name": "android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"
                                        }
                                    ]
                                }
                            ]
                        }
                    ]
                }
            ]
        }
    ]
}

Things to note:

  • The top-level element is a key named manifest.
  • Attributes are encoded by prepending their name with @.
  • Child nodes can be accessed by name. The value is always an array, as there might be more than one array.
  • This representation is unaware of the meaning of this file (you might know that there will always only be one application tag, the module does not). This make sure that it never breaks with future Android releases.

Contributing

All code lives in the src folder and is written in CoffeeScript. Try to stick to the style conventions used in existing code.

Tests can be run using grunt test. A convenience command to automatically run the tests is also available: grunt watch. Please add test cases when adding new functionality: this will prove that it works and ensure that it will keep working in the future.

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (C) 2013 by Ruben Vermeersch <ruben@savanne.be>

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