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ApkAnalyser is a static, virtual analysis tool for examining and validating the development work of your Android app. It's a complete tool chain which supports modification of the binary application with more printouts. You are then able to repack, install, run and verify the result from logcat. ApkAnalyser also supports resource analysis, and you can decode XML, look up resource references and detect potential issues in your app.

Its a stand-alone J2SE application, released under Apache 2.0 license, 100% written in Java.

Open Source Projects

Some code of following OSS projects are imported and modified:

  1. smali, dalvik assembler/disassembler, http://code.google.com/p/smali/
  2. apktool, reengineering binary Android apps, http://code.google.com/p/android-apktool/
  3. Android4ME, J2ME port of Google's Android, http://code.google.com/p/android4me/
  4. Android Open Source Project

Following OSS projects are used as jar library:

  1. ASM, Java bytecode manipulation and analysis framework, http://asm.ow2.org/license.html
  2. Jgraphx, Java Graph Visualization Library, http://www.jgraph.com/jgraph.html
  3. Xpp3, a streaming pull XML parser, http://www.extreme.indiana.edu/dist/java-repository/xpp3/distributions
  4. L2fprod, extended swing components, http://www.l2fprod.com/common/

Build Infomation

Firstly, the latest ApkAnalyser is available at:


ApkAnalyser includes two open source projects, smali and apktool. The projects must be built in sequence of:

  1. smali
  2. apktool
  3. apkanalyser

All of the projects are managed by Maven2 build system.


The project could be built on JDK1.5, 1.6 or 1.7.

Build Steps

  1. Get the latest code git clone git://github.com/sonyxperiadev/ApkAnalyser.git

  2. Build smali project cd smali mvn install

  3. Build apktool project cd ../apktool mvn install

  4. Install jgraphx into local Maven repository cd ../apkanalyser mvn install:install-file -Dfile=lib/jgraphx.jar -DgroupId=com.mxgraph -DartifactId=jgraphx -Dversion= -Dpackaging=jar -DgeneratePom=true

  5. Build and package ApkAnalyser mvn assembly:assembly

  6. The executable jar file should be at apkanalyser\target\apkanalyser-{version}-exec.jar

Optionally, Eclipse project could also be generated by "mvn eclipse:eclipse" command.

Launch ApkAnalyser

To launch it, just execute:

java -jar ApkAnalyser.jar

Sometimes, ApkAnalyser consumes lots of memory for analysing the dalvik bytecodes. It may run out of memory expecially for loading more than one big odexed APK files. In that case, the max heap size should be explicitly incrased by "-Xmx1024m" parameter:

java -Xmx1024m -jar ApkAnalyser.jar


Zhang Bojie, Sony Mobile Communications [email protected]