Is there a way to get aab file without using eas

I am using expo development build and I am trying to upload my app to google play but…
If I run npx expo run:android --variant=release I get only .apk file but I need .aab file.
I can’t find anywhere how to generate this file without using eas?

Desperate I tried eas: eas build --platform android but on web dashboard I am getting:

error @react-native/normalize-colors@0.74.0: The engine "node" is incompatible with this module. Expected version ">=18". Got "16.18.1"
error Found incompatible module.

hi there,

this was a regression in react-native core: Unable to create new RN 0.72 project with Node 16 · Issue #39692 · facebook/react-native · GitHub

make sure you’re using the most recent patch version of react-native in your project

I added this in eas config:

"production": {
      "node": "18.16.0",
      "ios": {
        "resourceClass": "m1-medium"

This error is passed.
But I still can’t find a way to use expo to get aap without eas build :confused:

here’s a guide that explains how to build locally: Local app development - Expo Documentation