Android: how to share code between projects signed with the same certificate

In Android documentation concerning code signing we can read: “By signing multiple applications with the same certificate and using signature-based permissions checks, your applications can share code and data in a secure manner.

How exactly such code sharing can be done? Is it possible to release main application and multiple exchangeable plugins then discover them at runtime? What does source code looks like and what are advantages over “standard” intents calls from/to different APK packages?

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Android: how to share code between projects signed with the same certificate”

    Use Context.createPackageContext() to instantiate a package for another .apk you are interested in. If it is signed with the same cert as yours, AND you are both using the same shared user ID, then you can use the flag to load its code into your process, allowing you to get the ClassLoader from the context and instantiate whatever classes you want.

    Otherwise, if they are not signed the same and explicitly using the same shared used ID, you can only load its resources.

    Please note that you can not change the shared user ID for an application (to something else or moving between having and not having a shared user ID) once that application is on market.

    Say you want to call a public function of the dynamically loaded class. Use the following code snippet:

    Context friendContext = this.createPackageContext("packageName", Context.CONTEXT_INCLUDE_CODE);
    Class friendClass = friendContext.getClassLoader().loadClass("packageName.className");
    Class noparams[] = {}; //say the function (functionName) required no inputs
    friendClass.getMethod("functionName", noparams).invoke(friendClass.newInstance(), null);
    
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