Change Application Name per Release Type with Gradle

Posted on 09 Sep 2014 by Eric Oestrich

This is a handy techinique when used in conjuction with the previous week's tip with separate builds per release type.

To override the application name (and any other resource really), create a new folder under app/src that matches your release name. In this case we'll be overriding the debug release, so app/src/debug.

Once you have that simply create the same folder structure that is inside app/src/main for overrides. For overriding strings we'll create app/src/debug/res/values.

Inside the new values folder create strings.xml and add the new app_name value.

app/src/debug/res/values/strings.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<resources>

  <string name="app_name">MyApp Debug</string>

</resources>

Now when you install the new debug only application it will have a new name to distinguish between the various release types!

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