Introducing And Use Dex2jar On Kali Linux

Introducing And Use Dex2jar On Kali Linux

Dex2jar is a free application that allows you to convert APK files to JAR files and view the source code. Converting the classes.dex file of an APK to classes.jar or vice versa is the core feature of Dex2jar. You can view the source code of an Android application by Java decompiler. Also, you can get ”.smali” files directly from the classes.dex file or vice versa, so it is possible to change the source code of an application directly working with this format. This article presents Introducing And Use Dex2jar On Kali Linux. To purchase your own Linux VPS, visit available packages on Eldernode to buy what you need.

Introducing Dex2jar on Kali Linux

Dex2jar is an application that is using to work with android .dex and java .class files. It converts one binary format to another format and not to source. Dex2jar is under Apache2.0 License. In the continuation of this article, join us in learning how to use Dex2jar on Kali Linux.

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Dex2jar Components

Ex2jar contains some components. Look at the below list:

dex-reader is designed to read the Dalvik Executable (.dex/.odex) format. It has a lightweight API similar to ASM.

dex-translator is designed to do the convert job. It reads the dex instruction to

dex-ir format, after some optimize, convert to ASM format.

dex-ir used by dex-translator is designed to represent the dex instruction

dex-tools tools to work with .class files. here are examples: Modify an apk, DeObfuscate a jar

d2j-smali [To be published] disassemble dex to smali files, and assemble dex from

smali files. different implementation to smali/baksmali, same syntax, but we support escape in type desc “Lcom/dex2jar\t\u1234;”

dex-writer [To be published] write dex same way as dex-reader.

How To Use Dex2jar On Kali Linux step by step

To view the file ”classes.dex” on the desktop, open the terminal and write ”d2j-dex2jar –d / file location”.


Dex2jar On Kali Linux


In this way, a JAR file will create, as you see below:




How To Use Dex2jar On Kali Linux


How to install Dex2jar On Kali Linux

Dex2Jar tool is one of Kali Linux’s reverse engineering. It is pre-installed on Kali Linux under reverse engineering tools. To install it on Kali Linux use the following command:

sudo apt-get install dex2jar

How to use Dex2jar

Here is the Dex2jar utilization.

sh -f ~/path/to/apk_to_decompile.apk

You will see an output like apk_to_decompile-dex2jar.jar

How to read dex file using dex2jar

Here is the solution.

DexFileReader r = new DexFileReader(...);
DexFileNode n = new DexFileNode();
DexFileWriter w = new DexFileWriter();
// reade dex to DexFileNode
... // modify DexFileNode here
// copy modified DexFileNode to DexWiter
byte[] data = w.toByteArray();
... // save data

How to convert jar to dex

The dx tool from android sdk can do the job

dx --dex --output=classes.dex abc.jar

And the [d2j-jar2dex] from dex2jar also can do the job --output=classes.dex abc.jar
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In this article, you reviewed Introducing And Use Dex2jar On Kali Linux. Note that you should increase the size of the JVM memory in the d2j_invoke script, otherwise, you may face the Error for the large size DEX file while converting DEX to JAR. Ask your friends on Eldernode Community if they have used this tool or not.

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