How do I shrink Android code with Proguard

By : pebbles

Since I am using many dependencies in my app, I am reaching the 65k Method Limit (I am reaching 76k methods). I've read on android.developer that proguard is used to shrink the code.

So - does proguard only shrink my application code or does it shrink the code of my dependencies too? Do I need to be wary of something when shrinking code with proguard? How do I do that?

My Gradle Build:

apply plugin: ''

android {
compileSdkVersion 21
buildToolsVersion "21.1.2"

defaultConfig {
    applicationId "some.Path"
    minSdkVersion 15
    targetSdkVersion 21
    versionCode 1
    versionName "1.0"

packagingOptions {
    exclude 'META-INF/NOTICE'
    exclude 'META-INF/NOTICE.txt'
    exclude 'META-INF/LICENSE'
    exclude 'META-INF/LICENSE.txt'

buildTypes {
    release {
        minifyEnabled true
        shrinkResources true
        proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), ''
    debug {
        debuggable true
        minifyEnabled true
        shrinkResources true
        proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), ''

configurations {
compile.exclude group:  'org.apache.xmlbeans'

repositories {
maven { url "" }

dependencies {
compile fileTree(include: ['*.jar'], dir: 'libs')
compile ''
compile 'com.github.PhilJay:MPAndroidChart:v2.1.0'
compile 'com.opencsv:opencsv:3.4'
compile 'org.apache.poi:poi:3.12'
compile 'org.apache.poi:poi-ooxml:3.12'
By : pebbles


If you enable minification via ProGuard, it will also minify your dependencies.

Libraries are typically not already obfuscated/minified with ProGuard. Some libraries will not work properly by default if they are obfuscated, so you should check any libraries you use to see if they have any documentation surrounding ProGuard. Butterknife, for example, has a few special ProGuard rules that you need to include to ensure that it continues working properly.

By : Tanis.7x

For me you should rather look for multidex, to go beyond 65k limit, not proguard as in longer run the later is not a solution to your problems.

See docs:

If you enable minification in your build.grade file, then yes it will also shrink your dependencies.

Keep in mind that Proguard may introduce unwanted side effects. Not all libraries/dependencies can be shrunk as Proguard also obfuscates the code. (i.e. turns String name into String n) and removes unused code.

Take a look at this Github project:

As an alternative, you can look into using MultiDex. You can read about it here:

This video can help you solving your question :)
By: admin