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I am developing a small application that lists all the applications present/ installed on the android device. But I’m getting the below error while i’m trying to run the code.


Please can any one help me to sort out this error.

How to&Answers:

There could be another reason for this error. The attribute


Should always start with a dot, like:



Activity name should be prefixed with “.” in your manifest file.


I was having this error because i had capital letters in my package name like this


after i had changed it to something like


it was solved


The INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_MANIFEST_MALFORMED error code is returned by PackageParser.java
when it detects any of a large number of errors in the manifest.xml file.

To isolate the error, look in logcat (when you do the ‘adb install foo.apk’ command). In the problem I encountered, logcat contained:

W/ActivityManager(  360): No content provider found for permission revoke: file:///data/local/tmp/foo.apk
D/Finsky  (32707): [1] PackageVerificationReceiver.onReceive: Verification requested, id = 6
D/Finsky  (32707): [1] WorkerTask.onPreExecute: Verification Requested for id = 6,   data=file:///data/local/tmp/foo.apk flags=112 fromVerificationActivity=false
W/PackageParser(32707): /data/local/tmp/foo.apk (at Binary XML file line #214): <provider> does not include authorities attribute
D/Finsky  (32707): [716] PackageVerificationService.getPackageInfo: Cannot read archive for file:///data/local/tmp/foo.apk in request id=6
D/Finsky  (32707): [1] PackageVerificationReceiver.onReceive: Verification requested, id = 6
W/ActivityManager(  360): No content provider found for permission revoke: file:///data/local/tmp/foo.apk
I/PackageManager(  360): Copying native libraries to /data/app-lib/vmdl1205566381
W/PackageParser(  360): /data/app/vmdl1205566381.tmp (at Binary XML file line #214): <provider> does not include authorities attribute

In the fourth line above, you can see that PackageParser complains that line #214 of the manifest.xml file “<provider> does not include authorities attribute”. See the listing below of all the cases in PackageParser that returns that error code. (PackageParser is the only class that produces the PackageManager.INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_MANIFEST_MALFORMED error code)

In my case the message “<provider> does not include authorities attribute” is produced by line 2490 of PackagerParser.java in the parseProvider function called by parseApplication.

From the 4.1.1 version of frameworks/base/core/java/android/content/pm/PackageParser.java, PackageManager.INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_MANIFEST_MALFORMED is referenced on these lines in these methods. If the source code line number is followed by a quoted string that is the message printed in logcat. if the line number is followed by a Java expression that is the code that caused that error code to be returned that that function should be investigated to see what caused the error message to be returned. In a couple cases I couldn’t isolate the error cause to one specific method call.

in parsePackage:
  536:  (only used in 'core apps' with no 'pkg')
  973:  "<manifest> has more than one <application>"
  1275: "Bad element under <manifest>: "      --if RIGID_PARSER

in parsePermissionGroup:
  1464: !parsePackageItemInfo(owner, perm.info, outError,
    "<permission-group>", sa,
  1482: !parseAllMetaData(res, parser, attrs, "<permission-group>", perm,

in parsePermission:
  1506: !parsePackageItemInfo(owner, perm.info, outError,
    "<permission>", sa,
  1530: "<permission> does not specify protectionLevel"
  1541: "<permission>  protectionLevel specifies a flag but is not based on signature type"
  1548: !parseAllMetaData(res, parser, attrs, "<permission>", perm, outError)

in parsePersmissionTree:
  1572: !parsePackageItemInfo(owner, perm.info, outError,
    "<permission-tree>", sa,
  1585: "<permission-tree> name has less than three segments: "+perm.info.name
  1595: !parseAllMetaData(res, parser, attrs, "<permission-tree>", perm, outError)

in parseInstrumentation:
  1625: new Instrumentation(mParseInstrumentationArgs, new InstrumentationInfo())
  1648: "<instrumentation> does not specify targetPackage"
  1654: !parseAllMetaData(res, parser, attrs, "<instrumentation>", a, outError)

in parseApplication:
  1678: buildClassName(pkgName, name, outError) == null
  1851: (Set by various other functions)
  1869: parseActivity(owner, res, parser, attrs, flags, outError, false, hardwareAccelerated) == null
  1878: parseActivity(owner, res, parser, attrs, flags, outError, true, false) == null
  1887: parseService(owner, res, parser, attrs, flags, outError) == null
  1896: parseProvider(owner, res, parser, attrs, flags, outError) == null
    2484: "Heavy-weight applications can not have providers in main process"
    2890: "<provider> does not incude authorities attribute"
  1905: parseActivityAlias(owner, res, parser, attrs, flags, outError) == null
  1917: parseMetaData(res, parser, attrs, owner.mAppMetaData, outError) == null
  1969: "Bad element under <application>: "+tagName

It’s regrettable that you have to poke around in logcat and the source to figure out what causes a problem.


Check your Activity name in manifest file

or the Package name in main activity/class

<activity android:name="MainActivity"></activity>


I have the same issue but when i call process like this:

    android:process="screen" >

When i change to:

    android:process=":screen" >

Everything starts working.


I ran into the same problem time ago, in the android docs they said that if you don’t use “:” as prefix in android:process you should use a lower case letter, but they never said that, then it should be a package like process name, like com.company.app.services.MyService


Any name such as android:name, android:process should be in form of package name: starts with a..z, combines with others with ., do not end with .


My issue was that I had written (Notice the – vs. the _):

<meta_data ... /> 
<!-- instead of -->
<meta-data ... />

under an activity. This might be the cause of your issue as well.


Got the same error!
had empty permission tag and that was causing the problem!


I run into the same problem after adding localizations

<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:versionName="@string/version_name" >

The string @string/version_name accidentally passed into one of new added localized string-file (it appeared only in the new files).
After checking all the localizations and removing @string/version_name from every file except eng locale everything worked again


Read your Android device logs to diagnose this error. Expect a “W/PackageParser” line explaining the problem.



must be defined BEFORE



I had this error because the code below

                <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
                <data android:mimeType="*" android:host="*" android:scheme="content" />

When I changed android:mimeType="*" to android:mimeType="*/*" fixed this error.


activity created name folder must be small letters, Dont use capital letters for activity folder name…. its always better to use small letters.


If you are using multidex in manifest then it should be added with value or resource.

<meta-data android:name="android.support.multidex.MultiDexApplication"
android:value="@string/yourValue" />


<meta-data android:name="android.support.multidex.MultiDexApplication"
android:resource="@string/yourValue" />

then clean the project and reinstall the app.


In my case I was referring to an icon using an attribute like this:

<meta-data android:name="com.google.firebase.messaging.default_notification_icon" android:resource="?attr/ic_notify" />

instead of the drawable:

<meta-data android:name="com.google.firebase.messaging.default_notification_icon" android:resource="@drawable/ic_notify" />

I am using this attribute in several places but it seems it does not work in manifest.


this can be for many reasons , but for me it was solved by changing the name of package with lowercase name (package name was Activities , solved with activities) .


Target <activity> needs to be specified before the <activity-alias>.


There could be other files that are malformed but aren’t highlighted in the IDE, for example the res/values/strings which the manifest may reference for things like labels.


In my case the cause was absence of android:name attribute in < activity-alias >.
It is obligatory for < activity-alias > although it must not name an existing class.
Funny thing is – the project compiles without problems.


My problem was as follows:

I was specifying my permissions in the following way and it was not working.

<permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET">
    <meta-data />
<permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE">
    <meta-data />

It was working fine when I changed it to be as follows:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" />


I was having this error because i had the line below.


After I’ve changed it to


issue was solved


After struggling with this issue i found out that all values which are used as a string resource value (aka @string/) in the manifests (of the libraries you are using too), are not allowed to be part of strings.xml of localizations.
Example: if your manifests file using @string/app_name, the definition of string/app_name is allowed only in your default values/strings.xml and not in the alternate string.xml file which you provide for localizations.
I hope that helps..


I had the very same error. i didn’t have uppercase character in my package/application name and clean the project and other solutions also didn’t help me out. after all i created new project and copy my stuff to the new one step by step and check if the problem pops up. after all i had a nice and error free project without any redundancy.
sometimes it is hard to find source of this error so it is easier to take another approach.

i hope this helps somebody!


I faced this error when I put Application class in a wrong package!


You probably have not followed the syntax rules of a tag.
for example:


This tag is incomplete and causes this error.

App Manifest Overview


Use android:resource in <meta-data> instead of android:src and android:srcCompat


I know it’s late to answer here but i do strange mistake so post my answer if it help someone,In my case by mistake I Added Main launcher activity as alias


            <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"/>

So When I try to run my app getting error

Error while Installing APK


I just remove “-alias” word from activity registration and my app launch successfully.


I create a new application and target it to Android Pie. Everything was working well and good then lately I found that my application don’t installs to Android Naught and below version of Android OS.

While installing, I see failure message

Installation failed with message INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_MANIFEST_MALFORMED.

So what fixes which I made are as follow and they all need to be done in AndroidManifest.xml file only.

For activity, service, receiver and all

Instead of:


For Manifest permissions

Instead of: 
     <uses-permission android:name="{applicationId}.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE" />
         android:protectionLevel="signature" />

     <uses-permission android:name="com.complete.appicationID.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE" />
         android:protectionLevel="signature" />

That were all changes which I had to perform to make it work for lower version devices as well.