Android OS implementation of the PhoneGap API
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PhoneGap/Android is an Android application library that allows for PhoneGap based projects to be built for the Android Platform. PhoneGap based applications are, at the core, an application written with web technology: HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Pre Requisites


On any POSIX machine add PhoneGap/Android to your PATH variable like so:

export PATH=$PATH:~/phonegap-android/bin

On Windows add the phonegap-android/bin to your PATH as normal.

DroidGap: PhoneGap/Android Dev Script

Tools for developers building mobile apps using PhoneGap for Android.


droidgap [command] [parameters]


	help ...... See this message. Type help [command name] to see specific help topics.
	gen ....... Generate the example PhoneGap application to current directory (or optionally provide an output directory as parameter).
	create .... Creates an Android compatible project from a WWW folder. 
	classic ... Backwards support for droidgap script. Run "droidgap help classic" for more info.
	update .... Copy a fresh phonegap.jar and phonegap.js into a valid PhoneGap/Android project.
	test ...... Gets edge copy of mobile-spec and runs in first device or emulator attached.


  	$ droidgap gen exampleapp 
  	$ cd exampleapp
	$ ant debug install && adb logcat

DroidGap with JRuby

If you want to use the droidgap command but do not want to install Ruby then you can call it using jruby jar included in the lib folder. All the options are the same and a call looks like this:

java -jar jruby-complete-1.4.0RC1.jar ../bin/droidgap help run

Keep in mind this will be slower due to JVM warmup.

Importing a PhoneGap/Android app into Eclipse

  1. File > New > Project...
  2. Android > Android Project
  3. Create project from existing source (point to the generated app found in tmp/android)
  4. Right click on libs/phonegap.jar and add to build path
  5. Right click on the project root: Run as > Run Configurations
  6. Click on the Target tab and select Manual (this way you can choose the emulator or device to build to)

Common Command Line Tasks

Running Mobile Spec

droidgap test

Compile an APK

Make sure you have a device plugged in (with debugging enabled) or a running emulator. Then:

ant debug install


droidgap run

Converting a W3C Widget into a an APK

Given a Widget called FooBar with an index.html file in it. You navigate to its folder and run:

droidgap create
cd ../FooBar_android
ant debug install

List devices attached

adb devices 
List of devices attached 
0123456789012	device

Install APK onto device

apk -s 0123456789012 install phonegap.apk


Via console.log calls from your apps javascript.

adb logcat


Attach it to a process on the device

$ adb jdwp
adb forward tcp:8000 jdwp: jdb -attach localhost:8000

For more info see