I'm trying to inspect an APK of an Android app I'm developing. I was able to open and decompress APK files using the Archive Manager application (file-roller, the standard app for compressed files), but I don't know if it's because of the latest Android Studio IDE changes or if it has to do with Ubuntu 18.04 that now I can't.

If I try to open an APK file with this Archive Manger I fails with a dialog saying:

Could not open "app-debug.apk"

Archive type not supported.

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    I've got another machine with Ubuntu 16.04 on it and the archive manager can open the same APK there.
    – Akronix
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 14:59

2 Answers 2


Workaround: copy [whatever].apk to [whatever].zip

cp whatever.apk whatever.zip

Then Archive Manager will work with the .zip version

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  • Well it doesn't work just by changing the extension from apk to zip. Yes I remember it worked sometimes before but now with the latest Android Studio, SDK it doesn't work. Only default archive app of Windows can open it but not Ubuntu's....
    – user924
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 10:53
  • @user924 odd, it still works for me. Updated answer to include screenshot. Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 17:02
  • Do you have the latest version of Android Studio and SDK 28/29 for building?
    – user924
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 17:56
  • or I have to copy and not rename?
    – user924
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 17:57
  • I don't use Android Studio or SDK. The apk's I have were downloaded from various sources. Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 17:59


It is the perfect tool for opening and analyzing apk files, and it is cross-platform and open source :D

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