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Export a List of Installed Packages in Android

Before switching to a new ROM, I wanted to keep a list of currently installed packages on my phone for reference. There are two ways to get this done. Both require Android Debug Bridge (adb) to be installed on the system.

  • Use adb to get a list of installed packages and then dump the output to a file.

    adb shell pm list packages > ~/installed_packages.txt

  • The file packages.xml located at /data/system/ contains all information about the installed packages. You can backup this to a safe location

    adb pull /data/system/packages.xml ~/

This thread at android.stackexchange.com saved me.