I am happy to announce the APK Editor Studio v1.5.0! It's been a long time since the previous release, and finally, the big update containing lots of new stuff is out.
- Added APK cloning
- Added signature viewer
- Added command line parameters
- Added ability to sign and optimize APK without unpacking
- Added support for multi-window mode
- Added support for system dark mode
- Added support for relative tool paths
- Added explicit toolbar customization
- Added RTL UI support
- Added Android 11 support
- Added 12 new languages
- Updated Apktool to 2.5.0
- Updated Android SDK Build Tools to 29.0.3
- Fixed installation of an unsaved project
- Fixed confirmation when closing modified tabs
- Fixed crash on empty application title
- Fixed potential duplicates in recent list
- Added Explorer integration
- Updated Qt to 5.15.2
- Removed bundled Visual C++ Redistributable
- Updated minimum version to 10.13 (High Sierra)
- Updated Qt to 5.15.2
One of the most anticipated features, the ability to clone APK, is finally here! It allows you to install multiple copies of an Android application on your device by changing the package name.
Currently, this function is in an experimental state, which means that certain applications cannot be cloned or might have unexpected behavior. Developing this feature took a very long time since there is no consistent algorithm for renaming disassembled packages. However, a good start has been made, and we hope that our community will make its contribution.
You can join the discussion and share your knowledge, thoughts, and ideas here.
Now you can easily browse through the list of certificates used to sign an APK. Currently the signature viewer verifies the following signature schemes:
- JAR Signature (v1)
- APK Signature (v2)
- APK Signature (v3)
Command Line Parameters
Run APK Editor Studio with certain arguments to immediately start optimizing, signing, and/or installing your APK.
apk-editor-studio -o your.apkor
apk-editor-studio -z your.apkor
apk-editor-studio --optimize your.apkor
apk-editor-studio --zipalign your.apk
apk-editor-studio -s your.apkor
apk-editor-studio --sign your.apk
apk-editor-studio -i your.apkor
apk-editor-studio --install your.apk
apk-editor-studio your.apk– unpack your APK
apk-editor-studio -os your.apk– optimize and sign your APK
apk-editor-studio -osi your.apk– optimize, sign, and install your APK
apk-editor-studio first.apk second.apk– unpack multiple apps
apk-editor-studio -i first.apk second.apk– install multiple apps
Sign and Optimize APK Without Unpacking
Previously, if you just wanted to sign or optimize your APK, you had to wait for the unpacking process to completely finish. Now there are dedicated options similar to the existing "Install External APK" action – "Sign External APK" and "Optimize External APK".
APK Editor Studio now allows you to open multiple instances of the main window. Each instance reuses the project pool and other shared components, so the extra system load is reduced to a minimum. To open a new window, press Ctrl + N (⌘ + N on macOS). On Windows and Linux platforms, you can also turn on the multi-window mode in case you want to open subsequent APK files in separate windows by default.
System Dark Mode Support
APK Editor Studio for Linux and macOS now follows the system dark mode setting.
APK Editor Studio dark mode on macOS
On a Linux environment, applying a dark theme resulted in an inconsistent appearance since some of the in-app colors were based on the light GUI. So now, instead of using fixed color values, APK Editor Studio checks the system theme and adjusts the custom application colors dynamically. Revised elements:
- Welcome screen gradient and buttons
- Log panel success and error lines
- Code editors color scheme
- Contrast icons
APK Editor Studio dark mode on KDE
Note that some platforms and environments don't (fully) support the dark mode. For example, Windows doesn't apply the corresponding system setting for Win32 applications, and a GNOME environment might need additional configuration to make Qt apps follow the GTK theme. However, there are plans on adding the custom in-app dark theme in future releases.
Relative Tool Paths
Now you can specify relative paths to the third-party tools. This is especially important for the APK Editor Studio portable builds, where relying on absolute paths reduces the portability of the application.
This release brings you lots of new translations. Some of these languages are right-to-left, so for a better user experience, APK Editor Studio will properly place the UI elements according to the script direction.
12 New Languages
Our amazing community has prepared 12 new translations for APK Editor Studio. You can see the list of the contributors here. Thank you!
- Chinese (Simplified)
- English (British)
Windows Explorer Integration
This useful new feature for Windows users adds the APK Editor Studio actions to the context menu for the APK files. It allows you to sign, optimize, or install applications directly from your Explorer.
This release became available with generous support of these people. Thank you all for your contribution!