How to view AndroidManifest.xml from APK file?

The question:

Is it possible to view Androidmanifest.xml file?

I just changed the extension of the apk file to zip. This zip file contains the Androidmanifest.xml file. But I am unable view the contents of Androidmanifest.xml. It is fully encrypted.

How can I view the Androidmanifest.xml file?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Yes you can view XML files of an Android APK file. There is a tool for this: android-apktool

It is a tool for reverse engineering 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 a directory “HelloWorld” in your current directory. Inside it you can find the AndroidManifest.xml file in decrypted format, 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:
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Method 2

Android Studio can now show this. Go to Build > Analyze APK... and select your apk. Then you can see the content of the AndroidManifest file.

Method 3

aapt d xmltree com.package.apk AndroidManifest.xml

will dump the AndroidManifest.xml from the specified APK. It’s not in XML form, but you can still read it.

aapt (Android Asset Packaging Tool) is a built in tool that comes with the Android SDK.

Method 4

Google has just released a cross-platform open source tool for inspecting APKs (among many other binary Android formats):

ClassyShark is a standalone binary inspection tool for Android developers. It can reliably browse any Android executable and show important info such as class interfaces and members, dex counts and dependencies. ClassyShark supports multiple formats including libraries (.dex, .aar, .so), executables (.apk, .jar, .class) and all Android binary XMLs: AndroidManifest, resources, layouts etc.

How to view AndroidManifest.xml from APK file?

Install version 8.2:



java -jar ClassyShark.jar -open <file.apk>

Method 5

In this thread, Dianne Hackborn tells us we can get info out of the AndroidManifest using aapt.

I whipped up this quick unix command to grab the version info:

aapt dump badging my.apk | sed -n "s/.*versionName='([^']*).*/1/p"

Method 6

You can use apkanalyzer, the command-line version of the APK Analyzer bundled with the Android SDK. Just execute the following command on the CLI:

/path/to/android-sdk/tools/bin/apkanalyzer manifest print /path/to/app.apk

You only have to replace /path/to/android-sdk with the correct path to your version of the Android SDK, and /path/to/app.apk with the path to your APK file.

Method 7

You can use this command: save to file AndroidManifest.txt

aapt dump xmltree gmail.apk AndroidManifest.xml > AndroidManifest.txt

Method 8

To decode the AndroidManifest.xml file using axmldec:

axmldec -o output.xml AndroidManifest.xml


axmldec -o output.xml AndroidApp.apk

Method 9

Aapt2, included in the Android SDK build tools can do this – no third party tools needed.

$(ANDROID_SDK)/build-tools/28.0.3/aapt2 d --file AndroidManifest.xml app-foo-release.apk

Starting with build-tools v29 you have to add the command xmltree:

$(ANDROID_SDK)/build-tools/29.0.3/aapt2 d xmltree --file AndroidManifest.xml app-foo-release.apk

Method 10

The AXMLParser and APKParser.jar can also do the job, you can see the link. AXMLParser

Method 11

There is an online tool that lets you upload an APK It decompiles it and finally lets you to download a zip with all sources, manifest XML file and so on decompiled, all of that without having to install any program on your computer:

Also if you wish just to check on some params you can, by their UI

Method 12

You can also use my app, App Detective to view the manifest file of any app you have installed on your device.

Method 13

This is an old thread, but I thought I would mention, of your phone has root, you can view it directly on your phone using the root explorer app. You don’t even have to extract it to see.

Method 14

Another useful (Python-based) tool for this is Androguard, using its axml sub-command:

androguard axml my.apk -o my.xml

This extracts and decodes the app manifest in one go. Unlike apktool this doesn’t unpack anything else.

Method 15

All these answers seem a bit over-engineered!

  1. Just grab this chrome extension:

  2. Download the .apk file you want from the playstore using the above extension.

  3. Upload the .apk to this online tool to grab the manifest.xml:

Method 16

Another option is to use Jadx:

Just open your APK and in treeview select “AndroidManifest.xml”.
It will be readable just like that.

Method 17

The file needs to be decompiled (or deodex’d not sure which one). But here’s another way to do it:

-Download free Tickle My Android tool on XDA:
-Copy APK into _WorkArea1_in folder
-Open "Tickle My Android.exe"
-Theming Menu
-Decompile Files->Any key to continue (ignore warning)
-Decompile Files->1->[Enter]->y[Enter]
-Wait for it to decompile in new window... Done when new window closes
-Decompiled/viewable files will be here: _WorkArea3_working[App]

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