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Android : Application Manifest Overview for beginners

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What is AndroidManifest.xml file in Android?

  • The manifest file describes essential information about your app to the Android build tools, the Android operating system, and Google Play.
  • It is responsible to protect the application to access any protected parts by providing the permissions.
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  • This file contains the information regarding your app level packages and different components activities, services, content providers, etc.

sample example of AndroidManifest.xml file

<manifest xmlns:android=""
android:versionName="1.0" >
android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
android:label="@string/title_activity_main" >

<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
  • Now let’s go through the element of AndroidManifest.xml :

(a.) <manifest> : manifest is the root element of the AndroidManifest.xml file.It must contain an <application> element and specify xmlns:android and package attributes.

  • Attributes : xmlns:android , package , android:sharedUserId , android:targetSandboxVersion , android:sharedUserLabel, android:versionCode , android:versionName , android:installLocation

(b.) <application> : This element contains several subelements that declares the application component such as activity etc.It is declaration of the application.

  • Many of these attributes (such as icon, label, permission, process, and allowTaskReparenting) set default values for corresponding attributes of the component elements.

(c.) <activity> : This is the subelement of application and represents an activity that must be defined in the AndroidManifest.xml file. It has many attributes such as label, name, theme, launchMode etc.

(d.) <intent-filter> : intent-filter is the sub-element of activity that describes the type of intent to which activity, service or broadcast receiver can respond to.

(e.) <action> : It adds an action for the intent-filter. The intent-filter must have at least one action element.

  • If there are no <action> elements in an intent filter, the filter doesn't accept any Intent objects.
  • Attribute : android:name

(f.) <category> : It adds a category name to an intent-filter

<category android:name="string" />

These are few reference links for understanding attributes deeply :

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