Thursday, December 5, 2013

Android: How to inject Android compiled .apk package into its Device Emulator from the command line.

I am developing multi-platform (iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry) hybrid mobile application for fuel stations finder, I am developing on Adobe Dreamweaver CC, and using Cordova, and PhoneGap tools as well for compilation and final apk, ipa, exe binaries.

I am using Cordova for compiling the mobile application on both windows and Mac. Moreover, I want to test my compiled (.apk) application on Android ADT AVD emulator directly instead of opening ADT eclipse, then run emulator from inside.

Note: my unzipped ADT package on the following path on my machine "E:\Utilities\Android ADT bundle", it may differ on your machine.

If you face a slow Android emulator, please refer to this post "Boost up the Android emulator speed up to 400% on Intel based architecture".

The following are the steps to inject .apk file into the emulator directly to test it:

  1. Go to "E:\Utilities\Android ADT bundle\sdk", and run SDK Manager.exe, after it opens, choose Tools then manage AVDs.

  2. On AVD manager click on your android platform, then click start from right panel.

  3. Based on your machine speed, you should see the emulator up starting Android platform.

  4. After a while, the platform should be started and ready for usage.

  5. Click on application menu as illustrated in point 4 image, then app menu should open.

  6. Under your ADT/SDK folder point to platform-tools folder.

  7. Create new folder called apps, and copy your appName.apk (in my case Banzenty.apk) into that folder.

    Note: Apps folder creation is an optional step, you can past it into the directory directly, but it is for manageability if you have many apps to test.

  8. Open your command line tool cmd on windows, terminal on Mac, and go to platform-tools.

  9. With emulator running, run the following command to check that we have the correct device:

    if everything is okay you should see the following output

    List of devices attached
    emulator-5554 device

    Otherwise nothing appears just

    List of devices attached

  10. After we checked that we have the following emulator device attached run the following command to inject the app to platform.

    If app successfully installed then output will be on console as the following:

    212 KB/s (8756736 bytes in 40.265s)
    pkg: /data/local/tmp/Banzenty.apk

  11. And into emulator platform you should find your application installed

  12. Click on the application and test it:

Happy testing :) Enjoyed it share it.

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