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ProGuard is a free shrinker, optimizer, obfuscator, and preverifier for Java bytecode:

The resulting applications and libraries are smaller, faster, and a bit better hardened against reverse engineering. ProGuard is very popular for Android development, but it also works for Java code in general.

🚀 Quick Start

ProGuard is integrated in Google's Android SDK. If you have an Android Gradle project you can enable ProGuard instead of the default R8 compiler:

  1. Disable R8 in your

  2. Override the default version of ProGuard with the most recent one in your main build.gradle:

    buildscript {
        configurations.all {
            resolutionStrategy {
                dependencySubstitution {
                    substitute module('net.sf.proguard:proguard-gradle') with module('com.guardsquare:proguard-gradle:7.0.0')
  3. Enable minification as usual in your build.gradle:

    android {
        buildTypes {
            release {
                minifyEnabled   true
                shrinkResources true
                proguardFile getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android-optimize.txt')
                proguardFile 'proguard-project.txt'
  4. Add any necessary configuration to your proguard-project.txt.

You can then build your application as usual:

gradle assembleRelease

The repository contains some sample configurations in the examples directory. Notably, examples/android has a small working Android project.

✨ Features

ProGuard works like an advanced optimizing compiler, removing unused classes, fields, methods, and attributes, shortening identifiers, merging classes, inlining methods, propagating constants, removing unused parameters, etc.

The manual pages (markdown, html) cover the features and usage of ProGuard in detail.

🤝 Contributing

ProGuard builds on the ProGuard Core library.

Contributions, issues and feature requests are welcome in both projects. Feel free to check the issues page and the contributing guide if you would like to contribute.

📝 License

Copyright (c) 2002-2020 Guardsquare NV. ProGuard is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2, with exceptions granted to a number of projects.