Configure ARC welder to access local folder

ARC Welder is an amazing tool. It’s a chrome extension that allows you to take an android APK file and convert it into a chrome extension. This means you can run android apps on any device with Chrome installed. Sweet!

I came across a need for an arc welder app to access my local filesystem. I wanted to share a file that was on my host system with the android app. After some digging I came across this forum post which details what you need to do.

The solution is specify a certain option when using arc welder:

{"enableExternalDirectory": true}

You do this on the final screen before you click test app / download zip.

Screenshot 2016-01-28 at 1.24.25 PM

Arc welder will prompt you to pick a folder. Once that’s done, you can navigate to the Downloads folder in your app and your linked folder will be there. Pretty slick.

(No, OpenVPN ended up not working, but I wanted to save this knowledge in case I want to try a different app that needs / creates files.)

8 thoughts on “Configure ARC welder to access local folder”

  1. I downloaded arc welder but I don’t know how to pick a folder or what that even means I don’t know much about a laptop at all so I’m lost on how to do this please help someone it’s so frustrating

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