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RuntimeError: Something is wrong with executable "/usr/share/apktool" (GNU/Linux)

See original GitHub issue


Before opening this issue, I tried the following steps:

  • Installed the tool in a way described in the readme and ran python3 -m obfuscapk.cli --help without any errors

  • Ran the tool using only Rebuild, NewSignature and NewAlignment obfuscators to verify that the app is not using anti-repackaging techniques

  • Ran the tool using --ignore-libs flag to exclude third party libraries from the obfuscation

  • Checked FAQ and troubleshooting

  • Checked for existing similar issues on GitHub


unable to find why or what is causing this error.

└──╼ #python3 -m obfuscapk.cli -p -w /home/USER/temp working dir/ -d /home/USER/obfuscated.apk -o ConstStringEncryption -o Nop -o Goto -o RandomManifest -o Rebuild -o NewSignature -o NewAlignment /home/USER/Obf testing.apk

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3.8/", line 194, in _run_module_as_main
    return _run_code(code, main_globals, None,
  File "/usr/lib/python3.8/", line 87, in _run_code
    exec(code, run_globals)
  File "/home/USER/Obfuscapk/src/obfuscapk/", line 177, in <module>
  File "/home/USER/Obfuscapk/src/obfuscapk/", line 131, in main
  File "/home/USER/Obfuscapk/src/obfuscapk/", line 40, in check_external_tool_dependencies
  File "/home/USER/Obfuscapk/src/obfuscapk/", line 28, in __init__
    raise RuntimeError(
RuntimeError: Something is wrong with executable "/usr/share/apktool"


  • Installation mode (e.g., from source or with Docker): from source
  • Obufscapk version (e.g., commit 0676488): Obfuscapk 1.2.0
  • OS (e.g., Ubuntu 16.04): Parrot OS Security v4.10
  • Python version (e.g., 3.7.4): Python 3.8.5
  • Apktool version (e.g., v2.4.0): Apktool v2.4.1-dirty

Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 3 years ago
  • Comments:6 (3 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

ClaudiuGeorgiucommented, Sep 17, 2020

Well, you have to use quotes for all the paths containing spaces, not only for the last path.

All-io-X-oi-llAcommented, Sep 17, 2020

Thank you for your help. (my mistake)

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