.APKS File Extension

Android Package File

An APKS file is an archive of Android app packages (APKs). It is generated by Google's bundletool utility from an Android App Bundle (AAB) file. Bundletool creates optimized APK files for different de...

General Information

Title APK File Extension
Extension .apk
Full Form Android Package File
File Type Package File
Developer Google
MIME Type application/vnd.android.package-archive

File Function

Primary Function Distribute, install apps
Additional Functions Bundle resources, compiled code
Features Platform-specific, Encapsulated

File Characteristics

Quality Varies with app
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes, with tools

Use Cases

App Installation Yes
Software Testing Yes
App Sharing Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious code, Piracy
Best Practices Official sources, Verify signatures

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2008
Latest Version Varies with app

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .aab, .xapk, .jar, .zip

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Android Studio Free Windows, Mac, Linux
Google Play Store Free Android
BlueStacks Free Windows, Mac