phonegap

PhoneGap command-line interface and node.js library.

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PhoneGap command-line interface and Node.js library.

Command-line

Requirements

Install

$ npm install -g phonegap

Getting Started

$ phonegap create my-app    # create a PhoneGap project
$ cd my-app                 # change to project directory
$ phonegap run ios          # build and install the app to iOS

Usage

Usage: phonegap [options] [commands]

Description:

  PhoneGap command-line tool.

Commands:

  create <path>        create a phonegap project
  build <platform>     build a specific platform
  install <platform>   install a specific platform
  run <platform>       build and install a specific platform
  local [command]      development on local system
  remote [command]     development in cloud with phonegap/build
  platform [command]   update a platform version
  help [command]       output usage information
  version              output version number

Options:

  -d, --verbose        allow verbose output
  -v, --version        output version number
  -h, --help           output usage information

Platforms:

  keyword            | local environment | remote environment
  -------------------|-------------------|-------------------
  android            | ✔                 | ✔
  blackberry10       | ✔                 | ✖
  ios                | ✔                 | ✔
  wp8                | ✔                 | ✔


Examples:

  $ phonegap help create
  $ phonegap help remote build
  $ phonegap create path/to/my-app
  $ phonegap remote build android

Local Usage

Usage: phonegap local [command]

Description:

  Executes the command on the local system.

  This requires that platform SDK is correctly installed.

Commands:

  build <platform>     build a specific platform
  install <platform>   install a specific platform
  run <platform>       build and install a specific platform
  plugin <command>     add, remove, and list plugins

Examples:

  $ phonegap local build android
  $ phonegap local run android
  $ phonegap local plugin list

Remote Usage

Usage: phonegap remote [command]

Description:

  Executes the command remotely using the cloud-based PhoneGap/Build service.

Commands:

  login                login to PhoneGap/Build
  logout               logout of PhoneGap/Build
  build <platform>     build a specific platform
  install <platform>   install a specific platform
  run <platform>       build and install a specific platform

Examples:

  $ phonegap remote login
  $ phonegap remote build android
  $ phonegap remote run android

Node Library

Usage

var phonegap = require('phonegap');

FAQ

phonegap: command not found

Problem

The PhoneGap CLI installs successfully but you do not have a command phonegap.

Reason

Depending on how node and npm were installed, your globally installed npm modules may not be in your PATH.

Solution

At the bottom of your npm install -g phonegap installation log, you will see the following:

...
/usr/local/share/npm/bin/phonegap -> /usr/local/share/npm/lib/node_modules/phonegap/bin/phonegap.js
...

(Your path may be slightly different)

Open ~/.profile or ~/.bashrc, depending on what exists on your system, and add following line:

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/share/npm/bin

Open a new terminal tab or type the following command:

$ source ~/.profile
or
$ source ~/.bashrc

The command phonegap should now be available to you.

The provided path is not an Android project

Problem

You receive the following error message when building an Android project:

throw new Error('The provided path "' + project + '" is not an Android

Reason

The first time that you build for a platform, the framework is downloaded from Apache Cordova.

The framework is stored locally in your home directory, such as ~/.cordova/lib.

Sometimes the framework is corrupted during the download. It can exist for two know reasons:

  1. Your Android SDK environment is not properly configured.
  2. Unknown issue related to Apache's servers or the untar operation.

Solution

First, you must properly configure your Android environment by following the platform setup guide.

Next, you must delete the cached Cordova Android framework (x.x.x is your version):

~/.cordova/lib/android/cordova/x.x.x

Next, you can try to rebuild the project. Enabling verbose mode is sometimes helpful:

$ phonegap build android --verbose

Upgrading Cordova

There are a few steps that should be taken when upgrading to a new version of the cordova-cli.

  1. Update the package.json dependencies version for cordova.

     {
       "dependencies": {
         "cordova": "3.1.0"
       }
     }
    
  2. Update the package.json version.

     {
       "version": "3.1.0-0.15.0"
     }
    
  3. Run the tests.

     $ npm test
    
  4. Commit stating the version increment.

     $ git commit -am "Version 3.1.0-0.15.0"
    
  5. Tag the version commit.

     $ git tag 3.1.0-0.15.0
    
  6. Update the PhoneGap Hello World App to match the new version.

  7. Manually test that the latest Hello World app is lazy-loaded.

     # Link the phonegap-cli for easier development (only need to do once).
    
     $ cd phonegap-cli/
     $ [sudo] npm link .
    
     # Manually test and verify hello world app is lazy-loaded.
    
     $ phonegap create my-app
     [phonegap] missing library phonegap/www/3.1.0
     [phonegap] downloading https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-app-hello-world/archive/3.1.0.tar.gz...
     [phonegap] created project at /Users/mwbrooks/Development/sandbox/my-app
    
     $ cd my-app/
     $ phonegap run ios
    
  8. Push the git commit after the Hello World has been updated.

     $ git push phonegap master
    
  9. Publish the npm release.

     $ npm publish
    
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