Resolving the ‘apkanalyzer’ Command Not Recognized Issue

Resolving the 'apkanalyzer' Command Not Recognized Issue

5 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

When working with Android applications, comparing the file size of different APK versions can be an essential part of the development process. Automating this task can save valuable time and effort. While the APK Analyzer in Android Studio offers a graphical user interface for this purpose, some developers prefer using command-line tools for automation.

Understanding the ‘apkanalyzer’ Command Issue

Developers may encounter an error when trying to run the ‘apkanalyzer’ command from the command line. The error message typically states that ‘apkanalyzer’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file. This issue can occur even after setting the environment path to \Android\sdk\tools\bin.

This problem arises when the Android SDK Command-line tools are not enabled or properly referenced in the system’s PATH environment variable.

Enabling Android SDK Command-line Tools

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Open Android Studio.
  2. Go to Preferences (on macOS) or Settings (on Windows/Linux).
  3. Navigate to Appearance & Behavior > System Settings > Android SDK.
  4. Switch to the SDK Tools tab.
  5. Ensure that the “Android SDK Command-line Tools” are installed. If not, check the box next to it and click “OK” to install.
  6. After installation, add the tools directory to your PATH environment variable. The typical paths to include are:
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\tools\bin (on Windows)
    • /Users/user_name/Library/Android/sdk/tools/bin (on macOS)
    • /home/username/Android/Sdk/tools/bin (on Linux)
  7. Save the changes and restart your terminal or command prompt to ensure the new PATH settings take effect.

Once the Android SDK Command-line Tools are enabled and the PATH is correctly set, the ‘apkanalyzer’ command should be recognized by the system.

Additional Considerations for Windows Users

If you are using Windows and continue to face issues, it may be necessary to create a batch script to execute ‘apkanalyzer’. Here are the steps to create a simple batch script:

  1. Open a text editor like Notepad.
  2. Copy and paste the provided batch script template into the editor.
  3. Modify the APP_HOME and CLASSPATH variables in the script to match your Android SDK installation paths.
  4. Save the file with the name apkanalyzer.cmd in a directory that is included in your system’s PATH variable.

With the batch script in place, you should be able to run the ‘apkanalyzer’ command from the Windows command prompt.


By following these steps, developers can successfully execute the ‘apkanalyzer’ command from the command line and integrate APK file size comparisons into their automated build processes. If any issues persist, double-check the Android SDK installation, ensure that the Command-line Tools are installed, and verify that the PATH environment variable is correctly configured.

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