February 1, 2023

    Using Gradle to automate your AppSweep scans

    The AppSweep plugin is published in the Gradle Public Repository and can be easily added to your Android project by adding the following code block to your app/build.gradle.

    plugins { id "com.guardsquare.appsweep" version "latest.release" // Apply other plugins here }

    Note: the dynamic version latest.release requires at least Gradle 7. If you want to build with an older Gradle version, you need to specify a version number.

    Next, you need to configure the plugin by providing an API key for your project.

    🚀 You can create an API key in the API Keys section of your project settings.

    This API key can then either be stored in the environment variable APPSWEEP_API_KEY, or by adding an Appsweep block to your app/build.gradle.

    Initiate the Scan

    When the Gradle plugin is enabled and configured, some multiple uploadToAppSweep* Gradle tasks are registered.

    More specifically, one task will be registered for each build variant of your app. For example, if you want to upload your release build variant, you can run:

    gradle uploadToAppSweepRelease

    in the root folder of your app.

    Moreover, if you have obfuscation enabled for a specific build variant, the plugin will pick up the obfuscation mapping file and upload that alongside the app.

    To see all available AppSweep tasks, use

    gradle tasks --group=AppSweep

    Further Configuration

    In the appsweep-block in your app/build.gradle(.kts) file, you can make additional configurations.

    API key

    Instead of using the environment variable for the API key, you can also specify it in the appsweep-block:

    appsweep { apiKey "gs_appsweep_SOME_API_KEY" }


    By default, the Gradle plugin will tag each uploaded build with the variant name (e.g. Debug or Release). Additionally it will add a Protected tag for builds uploaded using the uploadToAppSweep{variant}Protected tasks. You can override this behavior and set your own tags:

    appsweep { apiKey "gs_appsweep_SOME_API_KEY" configurations { release { tags "Public" } } }

    This will tag all builds of the release variant with Public.

    Commit hash

    By default, the Gradle plugin will keep track of the current commit hash. This will then be displayed along with your build results so you can easily identify which version was analyzed. By default the command git rev-parse HEAD is used to obtain this commit hash.

    If you don't want to keep track of the commit hash, you can turn off this feature by specifying the addCommitHash option:

    appsweep { apiKey "gs_appsweep_SOME_API_KEY" addCommitHash false }

    You can also use an alternative command to retrieve the commit hash by overriding the commitHashCommand option:

    appsweep { apiKey "gs_appsweep_SOME_API_KEY" commitHashCommand "hg id -i" }

    The output of the command is attached to the newly created build, and will be shown in the results to identify that specific commit.

    Irene Corn - Digital Product Manager

    Discover how Guardsquare provides industry-leading protection for mobile apps.

    Request Pricing

    Other posts you might be interested in