Upload apps from filesystem

In order to test your native and hybrid apps on BrowserStack using Espresso, you first need to upload your app to BrowserStack servers. Its easy to upload an Android app (.apk or .aab file) from your local filesystem or CI/CD server to BrowserStack using the REST API.

Here is an example cURL request to upload an Android app :

curl -u "YOUR_USERNAME:YOUR_ACCESS_KEY" \
-X POST "https://api-cloud.browserstack.com/app-automate/espresso/v2/app" \
-F "file=@/path/to/app/file/application-debug.apk"

A sample response to the above API request is shown below :

{
    "app_url":"bs://f7c874f21852ba57957a3fdc33f47514288c4ba4"
}

Please note the value of app_url in the API response (bs://f7c874f21852.... in the above example). This value will be used later to specify the application under test for your Espresso test execution.

Note:
  1. App upload will take a few seconds to about a minute depending on the size of your app. Do not interrupt the cURL command until you get the response back.
  2. If you upload an unsigned version of android app, we sign them with our certificates before installing them to our devices. Similarly, whenever .aab files are uploaded, we convert them to universal APK and sign them with our certificates. When Browserstack resigns the apps, you won’t be able to use some features like Firebase, Google Maps etc because of android limitations. To avoid this, you can generate the apk and sign with your own certificates so that we avoid signing them on Browserstack.
  3. You can also manage your apps by using our REST API. Use the recent apps API endpoint to list your recently uploaded apps. You can delete your uploaded apps by using the delete app API endpoint. By default, we will delete the uploaded app after 30 days from the date of upload.

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