React Native Build APK Generate release mode APK for React-Native project to publish on PlayStore

zilurrane profile image Zilu Ramkrishna Rane ・1 min read

Good Day All! I hope you are doing Good.

From last couple of days, Me and my friends were doing comparative study of ionic3 and react-native. During that period, we were struggling to generate release mode APK for React-Native project.

Finally, we came across following solution:

Create and then copy a keystore file to android/app

keytool -genkey -v -keystore mykeystore.keystore -alias mykeyalias -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -validity 10000

Setup your gradle variables in android/gradle.properties


Add signing config to android/app/build.gradle

android {
signingConfigs {
release {
buildTypes {
release {
signingConfig signingConfigs.release

Generate your release APK:

cd android && ./gradlew assembleRelease

Your APK will get generated at: android/app/build/outputs/apk/app-release.apk

Special Thanks to Tyler Buchea : http://blog.tylerbuchea.com/react-native-publishing-an-android-app/

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Thanks for the tutorial! I've put up an article containing several errors that I encounter when building a release APK for React Native pretty frequently.


I love your article, thanks


Thanks mrcflorian


Hi Zilu. Follow your instructions, obtain error:

Unable to load script. Make sure you're either running a Metro server (run 'react-native start') or that your bundle 'index.android.bundle' is packaged correctly for release.


don't run debug version, to create apk release version first you must run:
npx react-native run-android --variant=release
react-native run-android --variant=release

Then APK can be found in android/app/build/outputs/apk/release


You get this error after running which command?
Could you please provide more details.


Hello my friend, i did the procedure above, but dont work, it show me the next message :
"Deprecated Gradle features were used in this build, making it incompatible with Gradle 6.0"
Could you Please help me whit that.


Thanks for the article. The app was built without errors. But when I install it on my device and run the app, App keeps stopping with the message "App keeps stooping"


Hi Zilu,

If you are in Windows the last command is cd android && gradlew assembleRelease

whitout the "./"


Thanks for your sharing. Thanks to that, I can create apk game mods for mobile phones. You can see hapmod.com/


build successfull,
but there is no release build,
there is only debug apk

I got only app.aab


You can easily download apk files with apk downloader in uptofast.com


Hey, I have enabled proguard and it generated 4 different apks. How can I publish those on Google Plasystore.???


Hi, i have an issue when i run last command in terminal it show Build successful but my release folder is empty
can you help me to figure it out?


The online APK downloader I found at the best Apk2Down provider for you, a reliable address for every device used.

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