If you develop apps, you might have to debug APK to present the app development to your client. Here you will find different ways to generate a debug APK in React Native. Generating debug apps using this framework is a lot easier than you think and just requires few steps. Read further to know how you can do that. But first, understand about debugging APK.
Debug .apk files enable installation of applications and testing of it before publishing it to application stores. APK files are formats are utilized in the Android operating system to distribute and install mobile apps. It is quite the same as .exe files of Windows OS, and .apk is just for android users. But the debug .apk files are only for testing and installation purposes and are not ready to publish. You will require certain things to do before publishing the file.
Nevertheless, these files are best for testing and initial distribution. You can hire React Native developer who will enable debugging options on the phone and run the apk for your Android project. To generate a debug .apk, it is essential to have a React Native version greater than 0.58. (react-native version > 0.58)
For generating the debug APK, one needs to follow four simple steps. These are mentioned below.
The first thing developers have to do is to make the asset directory. After that, open the terminal YourProject/android/app/src/main. Run the command given below in that.
You can also run the below command directly from the root directory of your project.
Select only a single method for creating the asset and always remember that it is just a step for one time. You will not need to create the asset folder again.
After making an asset directory, build one empty file inside the assets folder you created in the first step. If you are creating a file using a terminal or command prompt, you can include the below command from the project’s root directory.
This step is also one-time, and you will not have to create the index.android file.
This is the third step where the developers will bundle the app and its entire files. To fulfill this purpose, they have to run the below commands.
This is an important step of React Native app development as here, the bundle for an app is created.
In this step, you will generate your project’s APK file. Ensure that you have followed all the previous steps. For creating APK, you need to change the directory from your Project folder to the Android folder. After that, execute the command gradlew assembleDebug.
It is a command that will take a certain time to create the APK file. One can get the APK file in Project/android/app/build/outputs/apk/debug/ having the name app-debug.apk. Then you have to copy the file and do the installation on an Android device.
When you hire React Native developer for your Android app project, they keep attention to detail throughout the process from debugging to release. First, the developer will require a signing key generated using Java. The signing key is used to create the executable binary in React Native. You can also make one through the keytool present inside the terminal, and to get it, look through the below command.
After developers execute the keytool utility, they will then be prompted for the password typing, which can be changed again as you want.
You have to copy this file your_key_name.keystore. After that, you have to paste it inside the android/app file in the project folder.
Then on the Terminal, you have to follow the command.
You require to open the file android\app\build.gradle and add Keystore configuration in it. There are few ways of project configuration with Keystore. The first one is build.gradle-keystore configuration. But this way is not secure. So, you can stipulate the passwords rather than keeping them in the .gradle file.
Simply place the terminal directory into android through the cd android command.
For Windows, you can do gradlew.assembleRelease.
For Mac OSX and Linux, follow the command /gradlew.assembleRelease. Now, the APK making process is finished.
You can access the file at android/app/build/outputs/apk/app-release.apk. It is a real app that can be uploaded to application stores.
By following the entire process, you can successfully generate and release APK with much ease. If anywhere you feel stuck in the middle, then look through this and complete it.
Jatin Panchal is Founder & Managing Director of Rlogical Techsoft Pvt. Ltd, a custom web & mobile app development company specialized in Outsourcing Web Development Services, Android, iOS and IoT App development.
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