I need to view the certificate of an Android APK, however when I look in the META-INF folder, there is no CERT.RSA file. I know that somehow the APK must be signed, because I was able to put it on an android emulator and run it, and Android won't install any unsigned apps, so it must be signed. I just really need to actually see the signature but I cannot find it.

I am using Android Studio.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • This seems to be an XY problem: your question isn't where the cert is, but how you can verify the signature, right? The tool for that is apksigner (can be found in Android's build tools), and you run it like apksigner verify --verbose --print-certs *.apk.
    – Izzy
    Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 22:01

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Sometimes the "CERT.RSA" file is called something else. No idea why. I have often found the certificate file to be called something".RSA".

For example, when I decompile the "wp.wattpad" APK, it has its certificate saved as "BNDLTOOL.RSA"

My advice to you would be to find the file in the META-INF folder that has the extension ".RSA". It is probably the certificate.

  • Does every android app has META-INF folder ? I dont find it anywhere Commented Aug 30, 2022 at 16:02
  • In my case it was saved as KEY0.RSA Commented Sep 6, 2022 at 22:55
  1. check your mini sdk version, if it is >23, the v1 scheme signature will be ignored.
  2. Is it only signed in v2?

Only the v1 scheme signature needs *.RSA files. You can use the apk signature tools which under the android sdk dir to verify the apk is signed.

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