The build steps of the latest Apktool is detailed below
It uses something called gradlew to build the latest version of the binary.
The instructions are as follows:
We use gradle to build. Its pretty easy. First clone the REPO. git clone git://github.com/iBotPeaches/Apktool.git Move into the directory. cd Apktool Issue the build. ./gradlew build Then look in /brut.apktool/apktool-cli/build/libs/apktool-xxxxx.jar Other commands such as clean are ./gradlew clean
If you attempt that and dont have JDK installed, it will error out.
You need to download the latest version of the JDK available as a .tar.gz file at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
I used jdk-7u9-linux-i586.tar.gz
Once extracted, set the path as the path of the folder containing the bin folder (which contains javac). Note that the path should be the parent of the bin folder, and not include the bin folder itself.
Here, jdk1.7.0_09/bin contains javac.
The final file will be produced in a location brut.apktool/apktool-cli/build/libs/ relative to the parent and named of the form apktool-cli-1.5.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
cp brut.apktool/apktool-cli/build/libs/*jar ./
should get you the latest file.
Note that you need the wrapper too.
wget http://android-apktool.googlecode.com/files/apktool-install-linux-r04-brut1.tar.bz2 tar -jxvvf apktool-install-linux-r04-brut1.tar.bz2
Finally since the apktool refers to a file named apktool.jar, create a symlink.
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: brut/apktool/Main : Unsupported major.minor version 51.0 at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method) at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(ClassLoader.java:634) at java.security.SecureClassLoader.defineClass(SecureClassLoader.java:142) at java.net.URLClassLoader.defineClass(URLClassLoader.java:277) at java.net.URLClassLoader.access$000(URLClassLoader.java:73) at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(URLClassLoader.java:212) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(URLClassLoader.java:205) at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:321) at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Launcher.java:294) at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:266) at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClassInternal(ClassLoader.java:334) Could not find the main class: brut.apktool.Main. Program will exit.
That happens when your main system version java is older than version 7.
You can solve it either by:
1. Upgrading your main java version
2. Setting the PATH of your local java to override your system java.
Eg: If PATH is :/usr/bin:~/bin, make it ~/bin:/usr/bin
3. Creating a symlink in /usr/bin, point it to your version
cd /usr/bin su mv java java.old ln -s /home/droidzone/android/java/jdk1.7.0_09/bin/java java
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