The File Extensions Database

.APKS File Extension

  • Developer by: Google
  • Category: Developer Files

What is an .APKS file?

.APKS is APK Set Archive

An APKS file is an APK set archive generated by bundletool, a utility used for creating and managing Android App Bundles (.AAB files). The archive, which is a compressed .ZIP file, contains a set of .APK files that are split based on device characteristics such as architecture, language, screen density, and other device features. bundletool uses the files to install optimized versions of the app on devices based on the device profile.

Android developers use APKS files to test app bundles before uploading them to Google Play. After generating an APKS file from an AAB file, a developer can then create device-specific APKs and examine them or install them on test devices. bundletool provides many different command-line options for generating APKs and includes the option to code sign them as well.

To generate an APKS file from an AAB file, use the following command:

bundletool build-apks --bundle=/path/to/app.aab --output=/path/to/app.apks

If you're a developer and have a connected device, you can install your app from the APKS file using the following command

bundletool install-apks --apks=app.apks

NOTE: bundletool is the official tool that Gradle, Android Studio, and Google Play use for creating and converting Android App Bundles (AAB files) and deploying APKs to user devices.

Maybe you don't have a compatible device, but youre're pretty sure an old device could handle it still. Or the app is not available in your country? APK Downloader or APK Downloader Extension will allow you to download an APK and OBB file from the Google Play directly to your desktop and your device.

Programs that open APK Set Archive
Google bundletool
Google bundletool
Google bundletool

How to solve problems with APKS files

  • Associate the APKS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any APKS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.APKS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the APKS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .APKS is APK Set Archive. Because only the current version supports the latest APKS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Google manufacturer website after an available .APKS is APK Set Archive update.
  • To make sure that your APKS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.