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Upload apps using public URL

In order to test your Fire OS app apps on BrowserStack using Appium, you first need to upload your app to BrowserStack servers. Its easy to upload an app (.apk file) from a public URL to BrowserStack using the REST API. This approach is useful when the app is hosted on a remote server (e.g. S3 bucket) and its downloadable via a publicly accessible URL.

Here is an example cURL request to upload an Android app using a public URL :

curl -u "YOUR_USERNAME:YOUR_ACCESS_KEY" \
-X POST "https://api-cloud.browserstack.com/app-automate/upload" \
-F "url=https://www.browserstack.com/app-automate/sample-apps/smart-tv/firetv/ClassicsKotlin.apk"

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

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

Please note the value of app_url in the API response (bs://f7c874f21852.... in the above example). This value will be used later to set the app capability to specify application under test in your Appium test scripts.

You can manage your uploaded 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.

Note: If you upload an unsigned version of the app, we sign them with our certificates before installing them to our devices. When Browserstack resigns the apps, your app’s integration with third-party libraries may not work if you have restricted the use of API keys based on the SHA-1 certificate fingerprint of the app’s signing key. To avoid this issue, you can sign the APK with your own certificates before uploading the app to BrowserStack.

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