Checkey is a utility for getting information about the APKs that are installed on your device. Starting with a list of all of the apps that you have installed on your device, it will show you the APK signature with a single touch, and provides links to virustotal.com and androidobservatory.org to easily access the profiles of that APK. It will also let you export the signing certificate and generate ApkSignaturePin pin files for use with the TrustedIntents library.
Building Checkey is quite straightforward since it is a simple, pure Java project with very few external dependencies.
git clone https://github.com/guardianproject/checkey cd checkey ./setup-ant ant clean debug
Once that has completed, you can install it however you would normally install an .apk file. You will find the .apk in the bin/ folder. An easy way to install it via the terminal is to run:
adb install bin/Checkey-debug.apk
Having a deterministic, repeatable build process that produces the exact same APK wherever it is run has a lot of benefits:
makes it easy for anyone to verify that the official APKs are indeed generated only from the sources in git
makes it possible for FDroid to distribute APKs with the upstream developer's signature instead of the FDroid's signature
To increase the likelyhood of producing a deterministic build of Checkey, run
the java build with
faketime. The rest is already included in the
Makefiles. This is also included in the ./make-release-build.sh
script. Running a program with
faketime causes that program to recent a
fixed time based on the timestamp provided to
faketime. This ensures that
the timestamps in the files are always the same.
git log -n1 --format=format:%ai"
ant clean debug
To reproduce your own version of the official releases, use
./make-release-build. WARNING: this will wipe out any changes to the git
repo in the process to ensure that the release build is only built from data
that is committed to git, so it is probably best to run it in a clean clone.
Then you can compare your release build to the official release using the
./compare-to-official-release script. It requires a few utilities
to work. All of them are Debian/Ubuntu packages except for
what to install:
apt-get install unzip meld bsdmainutils
Or on OSX with brew:
brew install apktool unzip
The app itself it released under the GNU GPLv3+. Here are some specific credits:
app icon: Ada Lovelace as a child (public domain)
app feature graphic: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SZ42-6-wheels-lightened.jpg