VirtualAPK

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Language
Java
Version
0.9.0 (Sep 14, 2017)
Created
Jun 29, 2017
Updated
Nov 24, 2017
Owner
DiDi (didi)
Contributors
singwhatiwanna
Half Stack (chenenyu)
superqiaopu
huandu
zhengtao620
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Announcement

VirtualAPK is a powerful yet lightweight plugin framework for Android. It can dynamically load and run an APK file (we call it LoadedPlugin) seamlessly as an installed application. Developers can use any Class, Resources, Activity, Service, Receiver and Provider in LoadedPlugin as if they are registered in app's manifest file.

Supported Features

Feature Detail
Supported components Activity, Service, Receiver and Provider
Manually register components in AndroidManifest.xml No need
Access host app classes and resources Supported
PendingIntent Supported
Supported Android features Almost all features
Compatibility Almost all devices
Building system Gradle plugin
Supported Android versions API Level 15+

Getting started

Host Project

Add a dependency in build.gradle in root of host project as following.

dependencies {
    classpath 'com.didi.virtualapk:gradle:0.9.1'
}

Apply plugin in application module of build.gradle.

apply plugin: 'com.didi.virtualapk.host'

Compile VirtualAPK in application module of build.gradle.

compile 'com.didi.virtualapk:core:0.9.1'

Initialize PluginManager in YourApplication::attachBaseContext().

@Override
protected void attachBaseContext(Context base) {
    super.attachBaseContext(base);
    PluginManager.getInstance(base).init();
}

Modify proguard rules to keep VirtualAPK related files.

-keep class com.didi.virtualapk.internal.VAInstrumentation { *; }
-keep class com.didi.virtualapk.internal.PluginContentResolver { *; }

-dontwarn com.didi.virtualapk.**
-dontwarn android.content.pm.**
-keep class android.** { *; }

Finally, load an APK and have fun!

String pluginPath = Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory().getAbsolutePath().concat("/Test.apk");
File plugin = new File(pluginPath);
PluginManager.getInstance(base).loadPlugin(plugin);

// Given "com.didi.virtualapk.demo" is the package name of plugin APK, 
// and there is an activity called `MainActivity`.
Intent intent = new Intent();
intent.setClassName("com.didi.virtualapk.demo", "com.didi.virtualapk.demo.MainActivity");
startActivity(intent);

Plugin Project

Add a dependency in build.gradle in root of plugin project as following.

dependencies {
    classpath 'com.didi.virtualapk:gradle:0.9.1'
}

Apply plugin in application module of build.gradle.

apply plugin: 'com.didi.virtualapk.plugin'

Config VirtualAPK. Remember to put following lines at the end of build.gradle.

virtualApk {
    packageId = 0x6f             // The package id of Resources.
    targetHost='source/host/app' // The path of application module in host project.
    applyHostMapping = true      // [Optional] Default value is true. 
}

Developer guide

Known issues

  • Notifications with custom layout are not supported in plugin.
  • Transition animations with animation resources are not supported in plugin.

Contributing

Welcome to contribute by creating issues or sending pull requests. See Contributing Guide for guidelines.

Who is using VirtualAPK?

License

VirtualAPK is licensed under the Apache License 2.0. See the LICENSE file.