java – How to convert .jar or .class to .dex file?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I’m going to edit Opera Mini v6.5 server because it is blocked in our country.

Now I have unpacked the .apk file extracted classes.Dex then converted it via dex2jar.bat, now modified the server.

My problem is I want to repack the .jar or .class to classes.Dex. How do I do it?

How to solve:

Here is a solution that was helpful in my case…

Suppose .jar file sits in “c:\temp\in.jar”. In command prompt window cd to ..\android-sdk\platform-tools.
To get .apk execute:

dx --dex --output="c:\temp\app.apk" "c:\temp\in.jar"

To get .dex file execute:

dx --dex --output="c:\temp\dx.dex" "c:\temp\in.jar"


For mac, the dx command tool is stored in different directory as said in the top answer. Here is how you do it in mac:

   exampleName$ /Users/exampleName/Library/Android/sdk/build-tools/25.0.2/dx --dex --output="/Users/exampleName/Downloads/classes-dex2jar.jar" "/Users/exampleName/Downloads/name.dex"

More detailed explanation:

  • The dx tool is stored in the android SDK, but in a different directory on macs, the path for a mac is /Users/exampleName/Library/Android/sdk/build-tools/25.0.2/
  • The command is the same for windows and mac, the path is just different
  • The command for both platforms is dx --dex--output="c:\temp\app.apk" "c:\temp\in.jar"
  • The tool may take a few minutes to produce the dex file

If it’s still not working for some reason, make sure you are following these requirements:

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I know this is late, but I had to figure this out on my own after hours of trial and error—hope it helps some other mac user


To dexify a jar file, you would use dx.bat inside of your sdk’s platform-tools folder. You can also look at the -dex task inside of the build.xml file inside of your tools\ant folder in your SDK.


Sounds like you need the apktool, it allows you to repack and resign a apk, without the need to get in to running dx and aapt yourself.

Here’s an article on how to unpack and repack


To avoid downloading the entire Android Studio:
You can go to command-tools download and extract the folder. Then go into it and find your sdkmanager tool. Then on your command-line type sdkmanager "build-tools;28.0.1". You can select which version of build-tools is appropriate depending on the java version you are working with. This will download it into the root directory of your command-line tools. Go into this folder and you should see the dx tool. Then you can type dx --dex --output="nameoffile.dex" nameoffile.jar.

A little extra note: If you are trying to convert a massive jar you might get a OUT OF MEMORY error. In this case you just pass the JVM the increase heap option dx -JXmx256m ....

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