APK Downloader is a Chrome extension that allows you to download APK files from within your browser without installing the app on your Android device.
This original version of this Chromium extension can be found on codekiem.com/2012/02/24/apk-downloader. Improvements have been made by Bexton. This version is based on apkdownloader-1.3.4.zip as found on xda-developers: [Extension] Updated version of the APK Downloader Chrome Extension. Use that thread for support. This project was started because the 1.3.4 version became broken with Chromium 23 and because I (Lekensteyn) prefer a public git repository to work on code instead of some obscure zip package from a random forum.
The source code is hosted on GitHub. Contributions are welcome.
Beware: apps.evozi.com hosts a version of this extension which contains spyware. Although they do attribute my fixes for 1.4, there is no link to the GitHub repository. Originally only the GitHub repository was set up, but due to this infected extension, I decided to package my own extension. When linking, please use the Github repository or this page. As of February 2014, the attributions are gone but the spyware still exist. The version numbering of their app is independent of this one!
For security reasons, Chrome does not allow you to install a Chrome extension directly from a random Internet site. This means that installation is not a one-click-install action, but nevertheless the installation process is very trivial:
After the installation has finished, set-up your Google Account at Options (click the Options link on the Extensions page).
Version 2.1 - 2014-07-28 (crx)
Version 2.0 - 2014-02-11 (crx)
Version 1.5.0 - 2013-07-27 (crx)
Version 1.4.2 - 2013-02-03 (crx)
Version 1.4.1 - 2013-01-13 (crx)
Version 1.4 - 2012-12-09
For changes before and including 1.3.4, see the XDA thread linked above.
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
For the full history, credits and description, please look at the README file located on GitHub.