Uniform webview on any Android 4.x device.
Switch branches/tags
Clone or download
Latest commit 49db051 Aug 10, 2015
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.
android Update webview+ hook Dec 10, 2014
source full source code added May 8, 2015
README.md Fix typo Aug 10, 2015
changelog.md full source code added May 8, 2015
plugin.xml Update version code Dec 10, 2014


IMPORTANT: This project has been discontinued. For the latest Webview+ for Android, please go to the new Cocoon Cloud at http://cocoon.io.

The new Cocoon cloud is completely Cordova based and has enhanced features that include: the most up to date Webview+, new Cocoon plugins, a better Developer App, support for any Cordova plugin and a revamped UI.

Webview+ for Android

This project is a plugin for cordova/phonegap apps, and provides a uniform webview on any Android 4.x device..

Looking for Webview+ for iOs?

Webview+ Features, Advantages and Benefits

  • V8 Javascript VM
  • Works on Android 4.x
  • Latest HTML5 APIs
  • Compatible with Cordova Plugins
  • Better performance than system webview


You'll need android SDK API level 19 installed in with your SDK tools.

How to install the Webview+ in your current project

Even though it's a cordova-compatible plugin, some steps must be done for the installation. If you prefer, you can install it automatically using the CocoonJS Command Line Interface.

The cocoonjs-cli has the same usage and commands of cordova-cli.

Once the cocoonjs-cli is installed in your system, just type:

// Install Ludei's CLI
$ sudo npm install -g cocoonjs

$ cocoonjs create MyProject
$ cd MyProject
$ cocoonjs platform add ios
$ cocoonjs plugin add com.ludei.webview.plus -d
$ cocoonjs run/emulate

The -d flag is used to activate the verbose mode.

Manual installation

The CocoonJS-CLI automates the installation of the Webview+, but if for some reason you want to install the Webview+ without the CocoonJS-CLI you’ll have to do the following steps.

These steps are specific for Cordova 3.4.0 and higher. If you want to install manually Webview+ in previous versions, please, refer to the hooks in the cocoonjs-cli

Step 1

Clone the Webview+ repository in your computer:

git clone https://github.com/ludei/webview-plus.git

Step 2

Edit the following file by using your favorite text editor


Step 3

Find the following string inside CordovaWebview.java:

public class CordovaWebView extends WebView

Step 4

Replace the string you've found with these two strings:

import com.ludei.chromium.LudeiWebView;
public class CordovaWebView extends LudeiWebView 

Save and close the file

Step 5

Edit the following file:


Step 6

Paste the following string and change the path after “android.library.reference.1=” to the relative path that points to your downloaded Webview+ (It must be a relative path and not an absolute path)


There you go. Now that you have installed the Webview+ in your project you can run the command “$ cordova build” and your app will benefit of the advantages of the Webview+.

If you want to know how the CocoonJS-CLI does these steps programatically, check the sources at android/hooks folder (after_plugin_add / after_plugin_rm).

Known bugs

  • Launching the Webview+ inside android's emulator can lead to an application crash. Use a real device for testing.
  • Current version may not reproduce sound files.
  • In some devices 3D context may not be created, this is due to a memory limitation of the device.
  • As android SDK API level 19 is required, if it is not installed properly in the machine, it will raise an "Unable to resolve project target 'Google Inc.:Google APIs:19'" compilation error. Here it is a step-by-step guide to solve this issue.

About the author

Ludei is a San Francisco based company, creators of CocoonJS. Ludei aims to empower HTML5 industry with a set of tools that eases the adoption of HTML5 as the target platform for every mobile development.