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android – java.util.zip.ZipException: duplicate entry during packageAllDebugClassesForMultiDex

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I am not sure what this error means.

Execution failed for task ':excelSior:packageAllDebugClassesForMultiDex'.
> java.util.zip.ZipException: duplicate entry: android/support/v4/util/TimeUtils.class

I am currently using android-support-v4.jar for my libraries

dependencies {
    compile project(':addThisSDK')
    compile project(':centeredContentButton')
    compile project(':googleplayservices_lib')
    compile files('libs/adxtag2.4.6.jar')
    compile files('libs/android-support-v4.jar')
    compile files('libs/aws-android-sdk-')
    compile files('libs/commons-lang-2.6.jar')
    compile files('libs/crittercism_v4_4_0_sdkonly.jar')
    compile files('libs/dd-plist.jar')
    compile files('libs/FiksuAndroidSDK_4.1.1.jar')
    compile files('libs/iqengines-sdk-barcode.jar')
    compile files('libs/irEventTracker-1.2.jar')
    compile files('libs/jolt-core-0.0.7.jar')
    compile files('libs/json-utils-0.0.7.jar')
    compile files('libs/jsoup-1.7.2.jar')
    compile files('libs/kooaba-api-v4-java.jar')
    compile 'com.android.support:multidex:1.0.0'

Error does not show up during gradle sync. Just when I try to run the application

What could be the problem?

How to&Answers:

You need to check that you have inserted v4 library and compile library? You must not repeat library in your app or your dependence program.

delete the repeat library so that just one V4 remains.

in your app dir build.gradle file
add this command:


    configurations {
        all*.exclude group: 'com.android.support', module: 'support-v4'
        all*.exclude group: 'com.android.support', module: 'support-annotations'


it works for me! You can try it!


You’ve probably fixed this by now but just so this doesn’t stay unanswered,
Try adding this to your build.gradle:

configurations {
    all*.exclude group: 'com.android.support', module: 'support-v4'


I also came across this kind issue when re import old eclipse project. It occurred some old dependency as jar file in the project.

just remove

compile fileTree(dir: ‘libs’, include: ‘*.jar’)

in gradle file

and add dependency in the gradle file.

It works for me ..


In my case the mentioned “duplicate entry” error arised after settingmultiDexEnable=true in the build.gradle.

In order to fully resolve the error first of all have a look at Configure Apps with Over 64K Methods (espescially “Configuring Your App for Multidex with Gradle”).

Furthermore search for occurences of the class that causes the “duplicate entry” error using ctrl+n in Android Studio. Determine the module and dependency that contains the duplicate and exclude it from build, e.g.:

compile ('org.roboguice:roboguice:2.0') {
    exclude module: 'support-v4'

I had to try multiple module labels till it worked. Excluding “support-v4” solves issues related to “java.util.zip.ZipException: duplicate entry: android/support/v4/*”


My understanding is that there are duplicate references to the same API (Likely different version numbers). It should be reasonably easy to debug when building from the command line.

Try ./gradlew yourBuildVariantName --debug from the command line.

The offending item will be the first failure. An example might look like:

14:32:29.171 [INFO] [org.gradle.api.Task] INPUT: /Users/mydir/Documents/androidApp/BaseApp/build/intermediates/exploded-aar/theOffendingAAR/libs/google-play-services.jar

14:32:29.171 [DEBUG] [org.gradle.api.internal.tasks.execution.ExecuteAtMostOnceTaskExecuter] Finished executing task ':BaseApp:packageAllyourBuildVariantNameClassesForMultiDex'

14:32:29.172 [LIFECYCLE] [class org.gradle.TaskExecutionLogger] :BaseApp:packageAllyourBuildVariantNameClassesForMultiDex FAILED'

In the case above, the aar file that I’d included in my libs directory (theOffendingAAR) included the Google Play Services jar (yes the whole thing. yes I know.) file whilst my BaseApp build file utilised location services:

compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-location:6.5.87'

You can safely remove the offending item from your build file(s), clean and rebuild (repeat if necessary).


check your dependencies versions, you must have compatible versions put attention specially to com.google packages, must have same version like:

compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:8.3.0'
compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-maps:8.3.0'

Both are 8.3.0, if you have another version compilation will throw that exception.


Simple Remove Your Jar file from dependencies gardle.project as v7
and run your project


For Expose.class Error i.e

java.util.zip.ZipException: duplicate entry: com/google/gson/annotations/Expose.class

use the below code

configurations {
    all*.exclude  module: 'gson'


find out the lib depends on the support v4, and exclude it.

code in build.gradle is like this:

androidTestCompile('com.android.support.test.espresso:espresso-contrib:2.2.1') {
    // http://stackoverflow.com/a/30931887/5210
    exclude group: 'com.android.support', module: 'appcompat'
    exclude group: 'com.android.support', module: 'support-v4'
    exclude module: 'recyclerview-v7'

In my situation, the lib ‘espresso’ has a jar called support-v4 and in my project ‘app’ have the same support-v4, exclude the support-v4 when import espresso.

PS: it seems compile project can not work with the exclude


This is because you have added a library and given its dependency on a module more than once.

In my case, I had added a library as a module and as a gradle dependency both.

Removing one source of adding library (I removed gradle dependency) solved my problem.


For Error:Execution failed for task ‘:app:transformClassesWithJarMergingForDebug’ com.android.build.api.transform.TransformException java.util.zip.ZipException duplicate entry com/google/gson/annotations/Expose.class

Here is what I did:

1) Delete the gson-2.5.jar file.
2) configurations { all*.exclude module: ‘gson-2.5’ }


I have faced this issue as i have manually copied the jar in libs as well as mentioned the dependency in gradle file. You also check in your project structure, whether the same jar file is copied in any other folder like libs or in project folder.


I had the same problem after upgrading the android SDK. I was able to run the application in the buildToolsVersion '23.0.1', I got the same error when I changed to buildToolsVersion '24.0.3'

I resolved the problem by updating my java version from 1.7 to 1.8 with compileSdkVersion 24


This problem cost me one whole day. I finally downgraded the firebase-ui library version from 2.0.0 to 1.2.0 and added the following code inside Project level build.gradle file:

allprojects {
    repositories {

        // Add the following code to your project level build.gradle
        maven {
            url 'https://maven.fabric.io/public'


I also have the issue because of i have compile ‘com.android.support:appcompat-v7:24.0.0-alpha1’ but i added recyclerview liberary compile ‘com.android.support:recyclerview-v7:24.0.2’..i changed the version as same as compat like (24.0.2 intead of 24.0.0).

i got the answer..may be it will help for someone.


In my case the mentioned “duplicate entry” error arised after settingmultiDexEnable=true in the build.gradle.

and exact error which i was getting was below :

Error:Execution failed for task 
> com.android.build.api.transform.TransformException: 
java.util.zip.ZipException: duplicate entry: 

So first thing I search for class which causes “duplicate entry” error using ctrl+n in Android Studio and searched for com/google/android/gms/internal/zzqx.class and then it was showing 2 entries for gms class with one version 8.4.0 and 1 with version 11.6.0 .

To fix it i made both to use 11.6.0 and it was fixed example


    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-games:11.6.0"
    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-auth:8.4.0"
    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:11.6.0"


    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-games:11.6.0"
    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-auth:11.6.0"
    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:11.6.0"

Rebuilding Fixed .


In my case exact error was below


com.android.build.api.transform.TransformException: java.util.zip.ZipException: duplicate entry: com/google/android/gms/internal/zzqx.class

I was using another version of google apis i.e. in one modules gradle file

if (!project.hasProperty('gms_library_version')) {
        ext.gms_library_version = '8.6.0'

however in other modules version 11.6.0 as below

   compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:11.6.0"
    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-games:11.6.0"
    compile "com.google.android.gms:play-services-auth:11.6.0"

However to find this i did a ctrl + n in android studio and entered class name zzqx.class and then it displayed 2 jar files being pulled for this class and then i understood that somewhere i am using version 8.6.0 . On changing 8.6.0 to 11.6.0 and rebuilding the project the issue was fixed .

Hope this helps .

More on this here


For me something similar happened when I had accidently added

apply plugin: 'kotlin-android'

to my android library module. Removing the line fixes the issue.


I tried all the above solutions but not working for me. I tried update libraries by goto project structure > app. And it works for me! Hope this answer helpful to someone.


Try this:

android {
configurations {
        all*.exclude  module: 'PhotoView'  //去除重复依赖库


just erase android/support/v4/util/TimeUtils.class