By default, Gradle expects an AndroidManifest.xml file on the root directory of the main source set of every Android project. But what if for some reason we want to change this?

For me, one such case is the default Kotlin Native project. When creating a new project, the template creates a few source sets for the common, the iOS, and the Android implementation. For the common and the iOS source sets, it uses names like commonMain and iOSMain. But when it comes to the Android source set, the name is not the expected androidMain but rather a plain main.

As I wanted to keep a consistent and more clear naming for the source sets, I decided to rename the name of the folder main to androidMain. And that’s when the problem appeared. When I tried to build the app, I got an error saying "Cannot read packageName from src/main/AndroidManifest.xml".

The good news are that we have the option to change this location on the build.gradle!

Inside the android block, we can set manifest.srcFile to the new location of the AndroidManifest.xml.

sourceSets {
    main {
        manifest.srcFile 'src/androidMain/AndroidManifest.xml'
        java.srcDirs = ['src/androidMain/java']
        res.srcDirs = ['src/androidMain/res']

And voilà!! Gradle uses the AndroidManifest.xml inside the androidMain folder and we are now able to build and run the app again!