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Android resource remover

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android-resource-remover is utility that removes unused resources reported by [Android Lint]( from your project. The goal is to reduce your APK size and keep the app clean from unused stuff.

## Getting started Requirements:

  • Python >= 2.7.*

  • ADT >= 16

To install run:

pip install android-resource-remover

## Usage - general Open the directory where your app is located and run

` android-resource-remover `

Android resources have dependencies to each other. This means that after running resource-remover the first time, it will clean up unused resources file that hold a reference to other resources. You can run this resource remover multiple times until there is no more unused resources to be removed. We’ve been running it up to 4 times in a row.

### Use with gradle android-resource-remover is build on top of android lint. If you have a gradle project you have to run lint within your gradle build scripts and then use the lint-result.xml as the input file for android-resource-remover


./gradlew clean build :lint && android-resource-remover –xml build/outputs/lint-results.xml

### Options

#### –help Prints help message.

#### –lint Full path to the lint tool like: d:DevAndroid SDKtoolslint

This will be executed as the lint command. If not provided it assumes the lint command in available and runs: lint

#### –app Full path to the android app like: d:DevMy_Android_App

If not provided it assumes the current directory is the app’s root directory.

#### –xml

Use existing lint result. If provided lint won’t be run.

#### –ignore-layouts

Ignore layout directory

## Expected behavior ### Resource ID in code not found

If you have references to elements in an old layout that you’re not using anymore, you will get a compile error that the ID (<something>) can not be found. The reason is that the resource file that contained<something> has been removed as it was not used any more. Time to clean up your code.

## FAQ

Q: installing dependency lxml failed with clang: error: unknown argument: ‘-mno-fused-madd’ [-Wunused-command-line-argument-hard-error-in-future] A: [](

## Issues and PR

When opening an issue please include as much info as possible. pip.log, python varsion/info, os version/info might all be help us understanding what’s the problem.

In PR please keep the formatting.

## Release History * 2015-03-31   v0.1.3   Fixes bugs * 2015-03-25   v0.1.2   Fixes bugs * 2014-09-11   v0.1.1   Fixes bugs * 2014-02-14   v0.1.0   Initial release

## Licence Apache version 2.0


0.1.3 (2015-03-31)

  • Executes subprocess in a safe way.

0.1.2 (2015-03-25)

  • Fixes #9. Supports new missing resource message pattern.

0.1.1 (2014-09-11)

  • Fixes #5. Checks if the file exists before trying to remove it.

0.1.0 (2014-02-14)

  • Initial release.

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