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Android: Solution "install parse failed no certificates"

07.03.2014
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When I am trying to install third party apk using ADB tool, I have faced "Failure [INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_NO_CERTIFICATES]" error.

To resolve the issue, I have followed few steps.

Open command prompt; Go to your debug.keystore location.

For eg:

You can find the debug.keystore file in the following location

C:\Documents and Settings\User\.android

1.Using Zip align copied apk.

zipalign -v 4 D:\Test.apk D:\Testc.apk

2.keytool -genkey -v -keystore debug.keystore -alias sampleName -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -validity 20000

Now a prompt will ask for

  • Password
  • First and lastname
  • Name of Organization unit
  • Name of Organization
  • City
  • State
  • Country
After entering these fields we get our Certificate

3. jarsigner -verbose -keystore debug.keystore D:\Testc.apk sampleName

In some cases we need add -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 arguments to work out the step 3

jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore debug.keystore D:\Testc.apk sampleNameNow it will ask for the password and then it will replace the apk with the signed one.

To check whether it is working or not, you can check using the following command.

jarsigner -verify D:\Testc.apk

Then I have installed apk using ADB.

Adb install D:\Testc.apk


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