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Creating Buildbox android APK without Eclipse (part 2/2) [Buildbox like a boss serie]

In the previous article , we created a script to automate the creation of a debug APK from Buildbox Android export.

We also added a shell extension (right click menu option) to run the build script automatically from windows explorer.

In this article, we’ll configure the exported project and add shell extension  option to build a release APK.


Creating the keystore

The keystore allow you to sign your release APK, this is the unique identifier which allow you to prove the ownership of your application, and be able to upgrade it.

We well use the command line to create a release keystore.

once created, keep it in a safe place, and make backups of it ; if you loose it you’ll not be able to upgrade your application on Google Play store

To create a release keystore, open a command prompt window and type

replace mybbkey occurences with the name of your game, or something speaking to you.

you’ll be asked to fill some information (name, organization, country ….etc)

you’ll also be asked to enter two passwords, one for the keystore and another for the alias, you can use the same password for both. (here I used “bbpassword”)

at the end of the proccess you’ll obtain a keystore file.




Configuring Buildbox project

Assuming you exported your buildbox Android project to c:\bbgames\exports\MyGame

go to android folder under MyGame folder, and edit the file called

assuming the keystore is exported to C:\Users\Ezelia\keystores\mybbkey.keystore

and the password for keystore and alias is bbpassword

you should add the following lines to your file

Note. you have to edit of each exported project before being able to generate a release package.



Adding entry to the shell extension

edit the file c:\bbscripts\apkbuild-install.reg created in the part 1 of this tutorial 

and add the following lines :

save it, close it, and double-click on it.
accept the modifications.

at this point, you can right-click the android folder of exported Buildbox project you’ll see a new entry under BBBuilder called “Build Release APK”.

click on it, it’ll create and install the relase package on your connected device.



In this two parts tutorial, we created a script which help us generate APK packages quickly, without using Eclipse.

This is the first tutorial of “Buildbox like a boss” serie.

In the next tutorial, I’ll explain how to implement achievements for a Buildbox Android export.


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