Obtain the Linux UID of an Android App

I would like to be able to get the Linux UID (user ID) of an installed Android application.

Excerpt from Security and Permissions: "At install time, Android gives each package a distinct Linux user ID. The identity remains constant for the duration of the package's life on that device."

Is there a way to retrieve this UID?


Use PackageManager and getApplicationInfo().

adb shell dumpsys package com.example.myapp | grep userId=

  • The ā€¨packages.xml file present in /data/system
  • The packages.list file present in /data/system

Contain the list of applications installed and their corresponding UID's.

PackageManager packageManager = getPackageManager();
try {
    applicationId = String.valueOf(packageManager.getApplicationInfo("com.example.app", PackageManager.GET_META_DATA));
} catch (PackageManager.NameNotFoundException e) {

As CommonsWare already wrote, you can use PackageManager to get the UID.

Here's an example:

int uid;
try {
    ApplicationInfo info = context.getPackageManager().getApplicationInfo(
            context.getPackageName(), 0);
    uid = info.uid;
} catch (PackageManager.NameNotFoundException e) {
    uid = -1;
Log.i(LOG_TAG, "UID = " + uid);

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