Written on Monday, 13 December 2021 at 22:15. Last Modified on Sunday, 2 January 2022 at 09:42.
Tags: Android, Continuous Integration.
Just like many roads, bring you to Bruges, there are number of methods to update your Android build code.
If I hear you think; “Android build code, what’s that again?”, let’s explain shortly. Every android apk or aab you make, has a version name and a version code. While the version name can be any string you want, and will be used to show in the Play Store, the version code has to be a number. There is also an important requirement for when uploading your app to the Play Store. The number has to be higher than your previous upload!
There’s a few strategies to hold on to regarding this number:
And I’ve used many ways to increase this number. From simply increasing and committing it to writing Gradle code to parse a gradle.properties or using a fastlane plugin.
Recently I came across the best way to do it. I was so puzzled this isn’t known any better that I had to write about it!
You can just while building (on ci) increase this code with whatever you want, with a gradle property!
./gradlew assembleRelease -Pandroid.injected.version.code=32 -Pandroid.injected.version.name="1.0.0"
I’m really hoping this get used a little more in the future. Cause this really is the best way to dynamically update the number while building on your continuous integration system! I try to get the word out:
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