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.APK File Extension

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File TypeAndroid Package File

DeveloperGoogle
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CategoryExecutable Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is an APK file?

An APK file is an application package created for Android, the Linux-based mobile phone platform developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. APK files are generated using Google's Android SDK, a Java-based development kit.

More Information

Android packages contain all the necessary files for a single Android program. These include the code (.DEX) files, resource (.ARSC) files, and the AndroidManifest.xml file. When opened on an Android device, the application files are installed automatically. You can install APK files from unknown sources by following these instructions.

NOTE: APK files are saved in a compressed .ZIP format and can be opened by any Zip decompression tool. You can either rename the file extension to ".zip" and open the file, or you can open the file directly through the Zip application's open dialog box.

Programs that open APK files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Google Android SDK
BlueStacks
Corel WinZip 20
7-Zip
WinRAR 5
Genymotion
Mac
Google Android SDK
Apple Archive Utility
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Genymotion
BlueStacks
Linux
Google Android SDK
Genymotion
Android
Google Android
Updated 7/14/2016

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