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Generate an Android App Bundle for your Xamarin.Forms Application with Visual Studio 2017


How to Generate an APK File from Xamarin.Forms Project Using Visual Studio 2017




Xamarin.Forms is a cross-platform UI framework that allows you to create native applications for Android, iOS, and Windows using a single codebase. With Xamarin.Forms, you can share not only your business logic but also your user interface across different platforms.


An APK file is an Android application package that contains all the files and resources needed to run an app on an Android device. Generating an APK file from your Xamarin.Forms project is necessary if you want to distribute your app to users via Google Play Store or other channels.




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In this article, you will learn how to generate an APK file from your Xamarin.Forms project using Visual Studio 2017. You will need the following prerequisites before you start:



  • A Xamarin.Forms project that targets Android as one of its platforms



  • Visual Studio 2017 with Xamarin tools installed



  • An Android SDK with at least one API level installed



  • A valid keystore and alias for signing your APK file



Step 1: Specify the Application Icon




The application icon is a graphical representation of your app that appears on the device's home screen and app drawer. It is strongly recommended that you specify an application icon for your Xamarin.Forms project, as some markets, such as Google Play Store, require it.


To specify the application icon, you can either set the Icon property in the Android manifest section of your project properties, or declare it in the AssemblyInfo.cs file of your Android project. For example:


[assembly: Application (Icon = \"@drawable/icon\")]


In both cases, @drawable/icon refers to an icon file that is located at Resources/drawable/icon.png in your Android project. Note that you should not include the .png extension in the resource name. You can also use different icon files for different screen densities by placing them in subfolders such as drawable-hdpi, drawable-xhdpi, etc.


Step 2: Version the Application




version your application by setting the Version Name and Version Code properties in the Android manifest section of your project properties, or by declaring them in the AssemblyInfo.cs file of your Android project. For example:


[assembly: AssemblyVersion (\"1.0.0\")] [assembly: AssemblyFileVersion (\"1.0.0\")]


The Version Name is a string that represents the user-friendly version of your app, such as 1.0.0 or 2.1.5. The Version Code is an integer that represents the internal version of your app, and it must be incremented for each release. You can use semantic versioning to keep track of your version numbers, such as major.minor.patch.


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