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GitLab app distribution for Android builds

GitLab CI/CD can be used to deploy Android apps with the API Upload (curl) to Updraft.

Quick Start

  • Login into our app distribution tool
  • Go to your Profile within the sidebar
  • Copy your API Key as well as the App Key of your App
    • Your API Key you find in your Profile.
    • The App Key you will find on the application overview. The App key differs for each environment.

Configure Gitlab CI/CD Settings & Variables

As soon you have your Updraft account created, you are ready to configure the CI/ CD pipeline with GitLab.
  1. 1.
    Open your Gitlab Project
  2. 2.
    Go to the Settings
  3. 3.
    Select CI/CD
  4. 4.
    Go to the section Variables
  5. 5.
    Add your Variables from Updraft (API key and App Key) in two separate fiels

Add .gitlab-ci.yml file for Android app distribution

  1. 1.
    Head over to the root directory (files) of your Android app project in GitLab.
  2. 2.
    Add a new file your .gitlab-cy.yml file
  3. 3.
    Copy the below example of .gitlab-ci.yml file

Example of .gitlab-ci.yml file for Android app distribution

- build
- updraft
stage: build
- release
- ./gradlew app:assembleProdRelease
- app/build/outputs/apk/prod/release/*.apk
stage: updraft
- release
- |
curl \
-F whats_new="Gitlab build" \
-F "app=@app/build/outputs/apk/prod/release/android.apk" \