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    Android binary XML format

    This is a bit of a long shot:

    Android applications comes as a .apk (which is a zip), and inside there is a file called manifest.xml. You might reasonably think this was an XML file, but in fact it's a "binary XML" file - a mysterious format that the Android SDK tools magic up out of a real XML file. I'm trying to rewrite / modify that file, but I can't find anything on the format, other than some odd mention of some python code in a repository somewhere that maybe decodes it.

    Does anyone have the slightest idea where I can find the details of this format?
    Will work inside IR35. Or for food.

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    Originally posted by VectraMan View Post
    This is a bit of a long shot:

    Android applications comes as a .apk (which is a zip), and inside there is a file called manifest.xml. You might reasonably think this was an XML file, but in fact it's a "binary XML" file - a mysterious format that the Android SDK tools magic up out of a real XML file. I'm trying to rewrite / modify that file, but I can't find anything on the format, other than some odd mention of some python code in a repository somewhere that maybe decodes it.

    Does anyone have the slightest idea where I can find the details of this format?
    Have you looked at XDA Developers?
    Coffee's for closers

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      [Q] Reverse Enginner and edit Manifest problem! - xda-developers

      [UTIL][Feb 02 2013] Apktool v1.5.2 - a tool for reverse engineering apk files - xda-developers
      Coffee's for closers

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        #4
        Thanks. That does look like it might work.
        Will work inside IR35. Or for food.

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