AndroCompare is a tool which takes two Android Apps (.APK files), compares them on a variety of factors and saves the resulting differences and similarities in a database.



This tool is extremely fast and can be used to do massive comparison of a large number of apps quickly. Two sample apps named app1.apk and app2.apk are provided. These apps have been compared and their results are saved in the database so that you can see how the results are organized.

Moreover if two apps have same package name but differ hugely in the number of permissions requested and the activities etc then there's a strong chance that one of them is repackaged. So, this tool can highlight the extra permissions/activities added to the repackaged version and consequently help in malware detection too.

In order to create a dataset of apps, we wrote another tool: Android Apsp Scraper/Downloader

For details regarding citing/referencing this tool for your research, check the 'Citation' section below.


It compares apps for differences in:

  • permissions requested
  • activities
  • services
  • broadcast receivers
  • content providers
  • apk size
  • version name and code
  • signing certificate

and saves the results in an organized way in a SQLite database.

Schema of Database

    `app1_name`    TEXT,
    `app2_name`    TEXT,
    `app1_package`    TEXT,
    `app2_package`    TEXT,
    `app1_size`    TEXT,
    `app2_size`    TEXT,
    `app1_version_name`    TEXT,
    `app2_version_name`    TEXT,
    `app1_version_code`    TEXT,
    `app2_version_code`    TEXT,
    `perm_analysis`    TEXT,
    `perm_same`    TEXT,
    `perm_added`    TEXT,
    `perm_removed`    TEXT,
    `perm_add_count`    TEXT,
    `app1_cert`    TEXT,
    `app2_cert`    TEXT,
    `cert_diff`    TEXT,
    `app1_main_activity`    TEXT,
    `app2_main_activity`    TEXT,
    `main_activity_diff`    TEXT,
    `same_activities`    TEXT,
    `activities_added`    TEXT,
    `activities_removed`    TEXT,
    `same_services`    TEXT,
    `services_added`    TEXT,
    `services_removed`    TEXT,
    `same_receivers`    TEXT,
    `receivers_added`    TEXT,
    `receivers_removed`    TEXT,
    `same_providers`    TEXT,
    `providers_added`    TEXT,
    `providers_removed`    TEXT

How to Run

In the code file '', change the path variables to the apps to be compared:

# change the paths to the relevant apps to be compared
apk1_path = "./app1.apk"
apk2_path = "./app2.apk"

Its written in Python 2.6 and currently supports Linux only. Moreover it uses the "hurry.filesize" module. So, install it using the following command

pip install hurry.filesize

You can use DB Browser for SQLite to view the database.


This tool is for research purposes only.



If you use this tool for your research, then kindly cite it. Click the above badge for more information regarding the complete citation for this tool and diffferent citation formats like IEEE, APA etc.

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