Raccoon is open source software, licensed under the terms of the Apache License version 2.

Release notes

4.9.0 Sep 24, 2019
  • Split APK apps can now be downloaded from the command line.
4.8.0 Jul 5, 2019
  • Updated the default Android hardware profile to claim that it also supports Bluetooth Low Energy.
  • Updated all the URLs pointing to this website.
  • Reworked the shoutbox to show the Blog’s RSS feed.
4.7.0 Apr 10, 2019
  • Honor -D raccoon.playprofile commandline flag
  • Added missing translation string for –gpa-auth commandline flag
  • Wire protocol updates that may fix an issue with app updates.
4.6.0 Mar 27, 2019
  • Updated URL constants to match the current website structure (no more HTTP redirects)
  • Fixed a few typos
  • Fixed missing window title in the app import dialog
  • The help menu now has a “Support” item.
  • Reworked the “Market|Direct Download” dialog to make it more clear that it’s purpose is to download old app versions. Also removed the “Offertype” parameter. It is not needed for downloading apps.
4.5.0 Mar 1, 2019
  • Updated the search response parser to cope with Google latest changes to the search result data format: The list of search results can now be scrolled down again to load more entries.
  • Speedhack: request server side scaled app icons to make the search result pages load faster on slower internet connections.
  • Fixed a few typos.
  • Fixed download size calculation.
  • Play detects when the user searches for popular apps (e.g. Mozilla Firefox) and returns not one, but two lists of search results. The first contains just the app, the user was likely looking for, the second contains all close matches. Raccoon now merges those two lists instead of just showing the exact match.
4.4.0 Feb 18, 2019
  • Added support for Google’s new publishing format: App Bundles.
  • Added split APK installer.
  • Added a download booster feature to cut down download time.
  • Use the app Icon from Play, if one cannot be extracted from the APK (e.g. because it’s a bundled app).
  • Bumped the default device profile again to support App Bundles.
4.3.0 Feb 8, 2019
  • With this release, the versioning scheme of Raccoon changes to a two digit string. NOTE: for technical reasons, the third digit will be hardwired to 0 for the time being.
  • Updated the build in default device profile to keep up with compatibility demands of apps (this will mostly affect more recent games).
4.2.7 Jan 18, 2019
  • Fixed some typos/phrasing
  • Virtual device should now show up again on the Play “device settings” page (this might have prevented some search results from showing in the past).
4.2.6 Sep 13, 2018

If an APK download does not specify a proper app name in it’s manifest, fall back to the packagename instead of outright rejecting the APK (after downloading it).

4.2.5 May 13, 2018

Switched to a newer version of the APK Parser library. The old one would choke on some APK files under certain circumstances resulting in Raccoon rejecting them as corrupt after download.