APK File Type

- The quick facts

What are APK files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an APK file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an APK file?

APK files have multiple uses, and Android Package is one of them.

Android Package

APK files are application packages that have been created for Google's Android mobile operating system.

The Android operating system is based on the Linux OS and was initially developed by the Open Handset Alliance for use on mobile phones, however, the Android OS is now being used for mobile tablet devices in addition to mobile phone usage.

The files that contain the .apk file extension store the files that are needed to run a single Android application on an Android mobile device.

The .apk file itself is a compressed file archive that contains the code files for the application, the AndroidManifest.xml file, and the application resource files.

How to open APK files

Important: Different programs may use files with the APK file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your APK file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single APK opener which you will find listed below.

Last updated: February 27, 2022

More file formats using the APK extension

Through our research of APK files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Oracle Audio Drumkit

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