Open APK file

The most commonly used .apk file type: Google Android app - Application Package Kit file

How to open apk files?

apk file icon Have you had trouble opening the apk file on your computer? What are apk files? We explain what they are and recommend software that we know will open them.

What is apk file?

An .apk file extension is primarily a Google Android app. APK (Application Package Kit) files are created for devices running on the Android operating system. Essentially, .apk files are renamed zip files that serve to install apps on Android smartphones and tablets.

Google Android app - Application Package Kit file description

The Android operating system uses APK (Android Package Kit) files to distribute and install mobile applications. APK files contain a program's code, resources, assets, certificates, and manifest files.

APK files can be manually installed on your Android device (a process known as "sideloading") or downloaded from the Google Play Store or other Android app markets.

If you want to make an application for Google Android OS, the best way to start is Android Studio.

Suggested software to open apk file

Google Android

One of the most popular OS for mobile systems

Google Android SDK

All the neccesary SDK development tools for making Android app

Google Play

On-line store and app that allows users to buy Android apps and multimedia content

Android Studio

Integrated development environment for Google Android apps


An emulator of Google Android to play Android games on PC

BlueStacks App Player for Windows

Android apps virtualization software for Windows

Other APK file name extensions using the same .apk suffix

.apk - Active Tutor project

Files with apk file extension might also be found as projects from Active Tutor authoring tool by 4C Soft.

Open apk file with: easy4C Tutor

.apk - Asustor ADM application package

Files with apk file extension may also be application packages for Asustor ADM operating system. Not to be confused with Android files.

Open apk file with: ADM

.apk - Data file for GameSpy Arcade service

Older GameSpy Arcade service for multiplayer gaming also used files with apk file extension.

Open apk file with: GameSpy Arcade

.apk - Microsoft Train Simulator packaged activity data

An apk file extension is related to the Microsoft Train Simulator and used for its packaged activity files. An apk files also uses Quake 2 first person action shooter computer game.

Open apk file with: Train Simulator Quake 2

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the computer file name, so for example document-name.pdf has file extension „pdf“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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