Now in its 6th year, Tickle My Android is the only decompiling and deodexing tool you'll ever need!
(Please remove any existing previous versions of TMA from your PC before installing.)
Click The Box Below For The Changelog:
Version 15.2.0 - Added An Option To Keep A Modified Manifest When Recompiling With Original Signature
Version 15.1.0 - Improved Deodexing Options, Faster WorkArea Changing, De/recompiling Without Framework Warning
Version 15.0.0 - Improved Deodexing, WorkArea Renaming, Improved Framework Installing, Assorted Changes
Version 14.4.0 - Updated Pull Menu, Nougat Deodexing, Bug Fixes
Version 14.3.0 - Dynamic Deodexing, ZIP Creating Fix, Improved De/Recompile Logs
Version 14.2.0 - Corrected V2 Signature Handling, Improved & Updated Deodexing, Compatibility With Apktool Improved
Version 14.1.0 - V2 Signature Handling, Improved Deodexing
Version 14.0.0 - Faster ZIP Creating, Vector Icon Compatibility, Debug Mode, Multiple Code Changes
Version 13.30 - Marshmallow Deodexing, Marshmallow Xperia Sqsh Processing
Version 13.2.0 - Dalvik Cache Wiping Options Available In Advanced ZIP
Version 13.1.0 - Improved Icon Changing, Greater Flexibility In Selecting apktool Versions, Two New apktool Versions, Updated Indonesia Strings
Version 13.0.0 - Batch Decompiling And Recompiling, Small Code Changes
Version 12.0.1 - Spanish Language, New apktool, New Smali, New Baksmali, New oat2dex
Version 12.0.0 - Completely Rewritten Deodexing Menu, Verbose Option Added, Theming Menu Layout Changes, Improved History Logging, Apktool 2.0.2., New Versions Of adb, aapt, smali, baksmali, oat2dex
Version 11.1.1 - Deodexing Improvements, 'Dirty' Apktool
Version 11.1.0 - Removed Quick Menu Option, Fixed Boot Animation Resizing, New Theming Menu Layout
Version 11.0.0 - New Quick Menu Option, Corrected Thinking Display, Experimental APKTool, Minor Fixes
Version 10.4.4 - Small Bug Fixes
Version 10.4.3 - Minor Update With Improved Logging And Corrected APK Install Feedback
Version 10.4.2 - Improved History Logging
Version 10.4.1 - Improved Icon Changing
Version 10.4 - Improved Lollipop Deodexing
Version 10.3 - Added ability to generate logcat files
Version 10.2 - Improved Lollipop deodexing, bug fixes
Version 10.1 - Extra theming menu options
Click The Box Below To See The Credits:
(All The People I Have To Thank)
@Brut.all, @iBotPeaches, @scrosler and @JesusFreke.
I actually have a lot more people to thank than that.
So many, in fact, that it now crashes the website if I try to list them all!
So thank you so much to everybody who's helped over the years. You're all amazing people!
Click Here For Frequently Asked Questions And Help
TMA is a quick, powerful and easy-to-use tool that can pull apps from your phone or tablet. It can then use a very clever bit of java called apktool to decompile them and recompile them.
Which is cool, but it do so much more. Tickle My Android can....
- decompile and recompile multiple files in a batch,
- unzip image files from apk files,
- zipalign apk files,
- sign recompiled apk files in the same way as the original,
- create backup-generating flashable zip files,
- create standard flashable zip files,
- take screenshots of your device,
- let you choose between which version of Apktool you want to use,
- lets you theme up to six different roms or devices at the same time,
- generate logcat files,
- come in several different languages
- ..and can be controlled by keyboard or MOUSE!
To use Tickle My Android, you will need:
- - a rooted Android phone or tablet with USB Debugging enabled and a recovery installed (either ClockworkMod or TWRP) ,
- - any version of Android on that device,
- - a Windows PC (XP or above) with the phone or tablet's drivers installed,
- - Java Runtime Environment 8.0 or above installed to your PATH (http://www.java.com/en/download/help/path.xml),
- - a USB cable to connect your device to the PC,
- - patience and a little common sense
(Thanks to @carl1961 for the picture)
Download the tool to the root of 'c:' from the link at the top of this post and run it. This is a self-extracting archive which, once it's extracted everything, will put on your PC a new folder called "Tickle My Android". This is where the tool runs from.
The "_WorkArea1", "_WorkArea2", "_WorkArea3", "_WorkArea4", "_WorkArea5", "_WorkArea6", "_WorkArea7" and "_WorkArea8" folders we'll talk about later.
The "tool_files" folder contains various files Tickle My Android needs to run. Don't touch these!
The "user_files" folder will hold your icons backups, boot animations and fonts. In here are your log files as well, you might need those later.
And the "Tickle My Android" exe file starts the tool. Double click on that and away we go!
How To Decompile An Application
The very first thing you need to do is backup your device. If you don't know how to do this, it's worth finding out first before going any further. Tickle My Android lets you change the very workings of your device and if you don't know what you're doing, it's possible to get things wrong. If you haven't made a backup, you could lose everything.. And that would be bad.
Next, you need to install your resource apks.
No idea what this means? Files with the '.apk' extension are the actual Android app's and some apks contain information that TMA will need before it can decompile any others.
Those apks are known as "resource" or, sometimes, "framework" files. The most common resource file is "framework-res.apk" but there are others.
First pick your WorkArea.
There are eight WorkAreas in total, which means you can easily work on up to eight different rom's or devices without having to reset the tool everytime you want to change from one to the other.
Each WorkArea is completely separate from the others and you can easily change which one you're using in the Settings Menu.
You can even rename them! Click below to find out how..
Just make sure you don't use any spaces in the name, don't make the name too long and make sure it starts with an underscore or TMA won't recognise it.
Inside each WorkArea are five folders. The '_deodex' folder is used for deodexing files (this is covered in the next few posts), the '_in' folder is where files about to be decompiled go, the '_working' folder contains the results of that decompiling and the '_out' folder contains the recompiled files. There's also a "Frameworks" folder, which will contain the framework files you've installed. You can pretty much ignore that most of the time.
For now though, you can actually ignore all this. When you first use TMA, you'll be in WorkArea 1 by default and we'll cover the other folders later.
So, to begin decompiling your application, go to the Theming Menu.
Next select the Pull Menu.
This gives you the option of pulling (copying from your Android device to the PC) one of the most commonly modified system files, or any other file you wish.
Pull and install 'framework-res.apk'. This is the most common resource apk. Depending on your device or rom, you may need to install others as well. You'll normally find these in your framework folder with "resources" or "res" in the filename, and I've listed the most common ones.
If in doubt, use the 'ADB Shell' option in the Title Menu and enter the command 'ls system/framework' to see what files you actually have in the framework folder.
IF YOU DON'T INSTALL ANY RESOURCE APKS, YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS LATER!!
Once you've installed the relevant resource apks, you'll need to decompile some apks. Which ones? Well, that's the tricky bit as it all depends on what sort of mod you want to do. If you're on Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or higher, the chances are you'll need to pull and decompile SystemUI.apk.
Once a file has been decompiled, have a look in the "_WorkArea1_working" folder. You'll see a folder with the same name as that file, this contains all the various files (images, xml, smali, etc) that the file you pulled actually consists of. Now you can make all the changes you desire.
How To Recompile An Application
Once you've finished changing things, go back to the Theming Menu and select the Recompile Files option and put everything in that folder back into a single file.
You'll have the option to recompile with the original signature, new signature or no signature. For most mods you'll want to use the original signature.
Only use a new signature if you've changed the Android manifest. If you have no idea what that means, don't worry about it and just use the original signature.
If you do use the original signature, TMA will ask you if you want to keep the modified AndroidManifest.xml. For now, unless you are changing that file, just say no. This is something you may find useful when you do more modding.
If you're using "apktool_2.3.2.jar" or above, you'll be given to recompile with aapt2 support. Some new APK files are being constructed with aapt2 and you may need this for those. Or you might not.
If your APK doesn't recompile properly, or it does and it doesn't work, try changing this option first. You never know, it might just be what you need to get your app to work..
You'll next be presented with this screen:
Don't worry about it for now, just enter "n". This is a useful shortcut for when you've used TMA a few times. But, for now, we'll ignore it.
The recompiled file will now be in the "_WorkArea1_out" folder. From there you can push it back to the device.
How To Put A Recompiled Application Back On Your Device
This is where your recovery comes in. Select the Create Flashable Zip File option to create a flashable zip. There are two types available:
The 'Advanced Zip' and 'Advanced Zip [Android 4.1+]' use the Universal Flashing Tool by JRsoft and Intronauta. This is an absolutely incredible tool and full credit goes to them.
These zips can do a lot of cool things but the bit that I like most is that they create a flashable backup of every file you've changed.
Don't like what you've changed? Just flash the backup!
However, the advanced zips don't work with all versions and ports of every recovery program. If you find yourself faced with an error message saying that "we need at least one sdcard mounted", the advanced zips aren't compatible with your recovery. That's where the 'Standard Zip' comes in. This doesn't generate a backup, it's just an ordinary flashable zip file.
Just select the option to use files from the "_out" folder. If you've recompiled 'framework-res.apk', put it into 'system/framework'. If you've recompiled 'SystemUI.apk', put it into 'system/app'. Any other files, make sure you took note of where they were pulled from.
Well..it's supposed to be. But if you're having trouble, here is an awesome video by Tomsgt123 on Youtube, showing you what to do.
It's for v5, but the general principles will apply to the later versions as well. Check it out!
What is Tickle My Android compatible with?
Tickle My Android's decompiler function always uses the very latest apktool files, as well as the very best aapt files, available. But, because Android is an open-source OS, there always be some implementations of it that TMA will not be fully compatible with. Click the box below to see the current setups that are causing trouble:
- MIUI apk files are often constructed in a different way to the Google standard..and MIUI aren't sharing how they're made. Which means apktool might struggle to decompile those apk files.
- Apktool also struggles to decompile files from HTC Sense v4.0+ for exactly the same reason.
- And apktool has trouble with Huawei's apks as well.
- Samsung make some amazing phones and tablets and they deserve to be one of the big Android OEM names. However. .they don't like Android very much. It's no secret that Samsung want to get away from Google and use their own software. Until they get to that stage though, they seem determined to make their Android rom's as non-stock as possible. And one of the ways they do this is by having different filenames and even different formats for their image files. As far as I can, I've tried to keep TMA compatible with all of the different Samsung variations but there's always a chance that you won't be able to automatically change the icons on some Samsung rom's.
It is very frustrating that some companies take an open-source OS and use it to make a closed-source rom.
If you can't decompile an apk and all you want to do is change some of the icons, you now have the option to 'Unzip Image Files'. This will take just the image files from an apk and put them into the '_working' folder. Be aware that this option is really for experienced themers only.
What happens if it goes wrong?
Tickle My Android has been designed to be easy to use but the very nature of Android means that things might not always go smoothly.
If you're having problems, look at the 4th post in this thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...tcount=4 This is the FAQ post which should hopefully be able to help you out.
If you're still having trouble, please feel free to post in here. Include your "history.txt" which you'll find in the "user_files/LOGS" folder and I'll try to get to back to you as soon as I can!
How To Say "Thanks"..
TMA is free and always will be. You can use it as much as you like, you don't owe me anything.
But, if you want to give something back, you can help me promote this. Please consider placing one of the banners below somewhere in your signature. Your support lets me know I'm doing something useful and it keeps this tool alive!! Spread the word!
[TOOL] Tickle My Android - Decompile & Deodex With Ease, Tool/Utility for the Android General
Last Updated 2019-03-04