Buck: apk_genrule()


An apk_genrule() rule is used to post-process an APK. What separates an apk_genrule from a genrule is apk_genrules are known by BUCK to produce APKs, so commands like buck install or buck uninstall still work. Additionally, apk_genrule() rules can be inputs to other apk_genrule() rules.


  • name (required) #

    The name of the rule.

  • apk (required) #

    The input android_binary() rule. The path to the APK can be accessed with the $APK shell variable.

  • srcs (defaults to []) #

    Either a list or a map of the source files which Buck makes available to the shell command at the path in the SRCDIR environment variable. If you specify a list, the source files are the names in the list. If you specify a map, the source files are made available as the names in the keys of the map, where the values of the map are the original source file names.

  • cmd (defaults to None) #

    The shell command to run to generate the output file. It is the fallback of bash and cmd_exe. It will be subject to the following environment variable substitutions:

    A string expansion of the srcs argument delimited by the environment_expansion_separator argument where each element of srcs will be translated into an absolute path.
    The absolute path to a directory to which sources are copied to prior to running the command.

    The output file or directory for the genrule(). This variable will have whatever value is specified by the out argument. The value should be a valid filepath. The semantics of the shell command determine whether this filepath is treated as a file or a directory. If the filepath is a directory, then the shell command needs to create it.

    The file or directory specified by this variable must always be written by this command. If not, the execution of this rule will be considered a failure, halting the build process.

    A temporary directory which can be used for intermediate results and will not be bundled into the output.

    It is also possible to expand references to other rules within the cmd, using builtin string parameter macros. Note that all build rules expanded in the command will be automatically considered to be dependencies of the genrule().
    $(classpath //path/to:target)
    Expands a build rule for something that has a java classpath to the transitive classpath of that rule. If the rule does not have (or contribute to) a classpath, an exception will be thrown and the build will break.
    $(exe //path/to:target)
    Expands a build rule that results in an executable to the commands necessary to execute that command. For example, a java_binary() may expand to a call to java -jar path/to/target.jar. Files that are executable (perhaps generated by a genrule()) will also be expanded. If the build rule does not generate an executable output an exception will be thrown and the build will break.
    $(location //path/to:target)
    Expands to the location of the output of the build rule. This means that you can refer to these without needing to be aware of how Buck is storing data on the disk mid-build.
    $(maven_coords //path/to:target)
    Expands to the Maven coordinates for the build rule. This allows you to access the Maven coordinates for Maven-aware build rules. The format of the expansion is: <groupId>:<artifactId>[:<extension>[:<classifier>]]:<version>

  • bash (defaults to None) #

    A platform-specific version of the shell command parameter cmd. It runs on Linux and UNIX systems—including OSX—on which bash is installed. It has a higher priority than cmd. The bash argument is run with /bin/bash -c. It has access to the same set of macros and variables as the cmd argument.

  • cmd_exe (defaults to None) #

    A platform-specific version of the shell command parameter cmd. It runs on Windows and has a higher priority than cmd. The cmd_exe argument is run with cmd.exe /c. It has access to the same set of macros and variables as the cmd argument.

  • type (defaults to None) #

    Specifies the type of this genrule. This is used for logging and is particularly useful for grouping genrules that share an underlying logical "type".

    For example, if you have the following cxx_genrule defined in the root directory of your Buck project

      name = 'cxx_gen',
      type = 'epilog',
      cmd  = 'touch finish.txt; cp finish.txt $OUT',
      out  = 'finish.txt'

    then the following buck query command

    buck query "attrfilter( type, 'epilog', '//...' )"



  • out (defaults to None) #

    This argument only exists for historical reasons and it does not have any effect. It will be deprecated and removed in the future.

  • environment_expansion_separator (defaults to " ") #

    The delimiter between paths in environment variables, such as SRCS, that can contain multiple paths. It can be useful to specify this parameter if the paths could contain spaces.

  • tests (defaults to []) #

    List of build targets that identify tests that exercise this target.

  • visibility (defaults to []) #

    List of build target patterns that identify the build rules that can include this rule as a dependency, for example, by listing it in their deps or exported_deps attributes. For more information, see visibility.

  • licenses (defaults to []) #

    Set of license files for this library. To get the list of license files for a given build rule and all of its dependencies, you can use buck query.

  • labels (defaults to []) #

    Set of arbitrary strings which allow you to annotate a build rule with tags that can be searched for over an entire dependency tree using buck query attrfilter().


Here is an example of a couple apk_genrule() open up an APK, do some super signing, and then zipalign that APK again.

# Building this rule will produce a file named messenger.apk.
  name = 'messenger',
  manifest = 'AndroidManifest.xml',
  target = 'Google Inc.:Google APIs:16',
  keystore = '//keystores:prod',
  package_type = 'release',
  proguard_config = 'proguard.cfg',
  deps = [

  name = 'messenger_super_sign_unalign',
  apk = ':messenger',
  bash = '$(exe //java/com/facebook/sign:super_sign) --input $APK --output $OUT',
  cmd_exe = '$(exe //java/com/facebook/sign:super_sign) --input %APK% --output %OUT%',
  out = 'messenger_super_sign_unalign.apk',

  name = 'messenger_super_sign',
  apk = ':messenger_super_sign_unalign',
  bash = '$ANDROID_HOME/tools/zipalign -f 4 $APK $OUT',
  cmd_exe = '%ANDROID_HOME%\\tools\\zipalign -f 4 %APK% %OUT%',
  out = 'messenger_super_sign.apk',