Android Gradle中关于key签名的配置


Handling signing configs with Gradle

If you use the Gradle build system (or Android Studio) to build your apps, you can configure several options to sign your packages (e.g. the signing options for Android apps, or signing maven artifacts for upload).

You most likely don’t want to check in your signing keys, passwords, usernames, etc. into a public repository (and maybe not even into a private one). So you can define username, password, etc. as properties in the users file. That has the problem, that you now have a build file, that will fail, as long as the user doesn’t have the properties set. I will now show you two different methods, how you can handle your signing configs with Gradle in a clean way. To find out where you have to place the file on your system have a look at my other article about gradle.

Extract the whole signing config

First option is, to extract the whole signing config to a separate user file. Create a new property in your

MyProject doesn’t need to match any application names or so, you can in fact name the property whatever you like. Also if you’re on windows use \\ instead of /.

Place your keystore at /home/username/.signing/myproject.keystore.

Now create a file name myproject.gradle in /home/username/.signing (create the folder if necessary). This file will contain your signing config, that should be used to sign the package. This could look like the following:

For more information on the signing configuration for android read their documentation.

Now you can also see, why we didn’t put the full path (including extension) into the file. That way we can use the path for the gradle build file and the keystore.

Now its time to configure the actual build.gradle file in the project you want to use this signing config. Just add the following lines to it:

These lines will check if the MyProject.signing property has been set in your config, and if the file it’s pointing to exists. If it does it will include the script into yours.

You can now safely checkin your build.gradle file into your repo. It will be able to sign on your system, and won’t throw any errors on foreign systems. In fact they can also create the MyProject.signing key and a matching .gradle file, and sign with another key.

Only extract some variables from file

If the signing config contains more information, then just the certificate, you might want to have that parts checked into your repo as well (e.g. you configure for maven upload, but want all the pom configuration to stay in your build.gradle). In that case it would make sense to only extract username and password to another file.

In that case you just define some variables in your myproject.gradle file (the include in the build.gradle should be as shown above):

Now make sure you only use the variables if they are available by putting the configuration in the if after you loaded the file. So your build.gradle could look like that:


For an tutorial on how to upload to maven with gradle see a blog post of Vandal Software.

If you don’t need to also reference a keystore, you could of course put the “.gradle” into the file, and don’t need to append it in code.

Only extract some string from file

From Ricardo Amaral

This method is very similar to the one before, you just use a properties file instead a gradle file to extract data. This is better, if you just extract strings (and plain values), but doesn’t give you support for calling other methods (what you might want to do, to determine values dynamically, e.g. ask the user to enter the password instead of storing it).

Again add a path to your (let’s do it a full path this time):

Now add the following to your build.gradle file:

Just generate a plain properties file at /home/username/.signing/

Now you have your actual signing (or uploading) configuration separated to another file. You could also use this mechanism to e.g. create company wide gradle files, or similar external scripts.

This is also just the beginning. Gradle build scripts can be very powerful tools in your build process. So look around what workarounds or manual interaction you have in your current build process and see how you can solve it with gradle.

Password prompt? You don’t want to store your password in plaintext in your files? Go on and read Using password promopts with Gradle build files.

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