Exploring the Android Manifest File

The Android manifest file, named AndroidManifest.xml, is an XML file that must be included at the top level of any Android project. The Android system uses the information in this file to do the following:

► Install and upgrade the application package

► Display application details to users

► Launch application activities

Manage application permissions

Handle a number of other advanced application configurations, including acting as a service provider or content provider.

Did you Know?

If you use Eclipse with the ADT plug-in for Eclipse, the Android project wizard will create the initial AndroidManifest.xml file with default values for the most important configuration settings.

You can edit the Android manifest file by using the Eclipse manifest file resource editor or by manually editing the XML.

The Eclipse manifest file resource editor organizes the manifest information into categories presented on five tabs:

► Application

► Permissions

► Instrumentation

► AndroidManifest.xml

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