Step by step guid for compiling and installing React Native Android app [ bundled release version ] to your test device.
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The instructions are the collective efforts from a few places online. Nothing here is my original. But I want to put them together in one place to save people from spending the same time.

First off, bundle.

  1. Go to the project directory cd
  2. Start the react-native packager if not started
  3. Download the bundle to the asset folder:
$ curl "http://localhost:8081/" -o "android/app/src/main/assets/"

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Note: make sure there is assets folder under android/app/src/main beforehand, and check if there is any error in the packager terminal window after curl.

Secondly, compile release version.

  1. cd to {YOUR_PROJECT}/android
  2. Build release version
$ ./gradlew assembleRelease

Thirdly, sign the apk.

  1. To generate keystore
$ keytool -genkey -v -keystore my-keystore.keystore -alias name_alias -keyalg RSA -validity 10000
  1. To sign an apk
$ jarsigner -verbose -keystore <path of my-keystore.keystore> <path of apk>  alias_name
  1. To zip align an apk
$ zipalign -f -v 4 <your.apk >  <your_aligned.apk>

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Lastly, install apk to device.

  1. Connect your phone to computer
  2. Install apk
$ adb install {PATH_TO_APK}

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