How To Install apksigner on Kali Linux

In this guide, we’ll discuss How To Install apksigner on Kali Linux. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update apksigner.

One-liner install command

For those in a hurry, here's a one-line installation command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt -y install apksigner

But if you are interested in the detailed steps with descriptions, the following information is for you.

What is apksigner and what are the ways to install it?

Before beginning this tutorial, you will need access to a server or computer running Kali Linux. This guide was written specifically with a server running Kali Linux in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install apksigner on Kali Linux. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install apksigner using apt-get

First, update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt-get database, You can install apksigner using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install apksigner

Install apksigner using apt

Because apksigner is available in Kali Linux’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the apt packaging system.

To begin, update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, You can install apksigner using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install apksigner

Install apksigner using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Kali Linux. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating aptitude database, You can install apksigner by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install apksigner

How to upgrade (update) a single package apksigner using apt-get?

First, you will need to update packages index. Run update command as usual:

sudo apt-get update

Next, to upgrade only the apksigner, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install apksigner

Note that this command will not install any new packages! If you wish to install the package if it doesn't exist you may leave out --only-upgrade part.

How To Uninstall apksigner from Kali Linux

To uninstall only the apksigner package you can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get remove apksigner

Uninstall apksigner and all its dependencies

To uninstall apksigner and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Kali Linux, you can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove apksigner

Remove apksigner with all configurations and data

To remove apksigner configuration and data from your system you can run the following purge command:

sudo apt-get -y purge apksigner

Remove apksigner completely (configurations, data and all of its dependencies)

And lastly, you can run the next command to remove absolutely everything related to apksigner package, e.g.: configurations, data and all of its dependencies. Just use this command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge apksigner

Extra info and code examples

apksig is a project which aims to simplify APK signing and checking whether APK's signatures should verify on Android. apksig supports JAR signing (used by Android since day one) and APK Signature Scheme v2 (supported since Android Nougat, API Level 24). The key feature of apksig is that it knows about differences in APK signature verification logic between different versions of the Android platform. apksig can thus check whether a signed APK is expected to verify on all Android platform versions supported by the APK. When signing an APK, apksig will choose the most appropriate cryptographic algorithms based on the Android platform versions supported by the APK being signed. apksigner command-line tool offers two operations: * sign the provided APK so that it verifies on all Android platforms supported by the APK. Run apksigner sign for usage information. * check whether the provided APK's signatures are expected to verify on all Android platforms supported by the APK. Run apksigner verify for usage information. The tool determines the range of Android platform versions (API Levels) supported by the APK by inspecting the APK's AndroidManifest.xml. This behavior can be overridden by specifying the range of platform versions on the command-line.

Conclusion

You now have a full guide on how to install apksigner using apt, apt-get and aptitude tools. Also, we showed how to update as a single package and different ways to uninstall the apksigner from Kali Linux.

See also:

How To Install apksigner on Debian 11

How To Install apksigner on CentOS 8

How To Install apksigner on Kali Linux

How To Install apksigner on Fedora 34

How To Install apksigner on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install apksigner on Ubuntu 21.04

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