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buildNumber in mobile-config.js does not change versioncode in android build. #6978

jb1999 opened this issue May 5, 2016 · 17 comments


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@jb1999 jb1999 commented May 5, 2016

_2 Upvotes_ Hi -

I'm trying to upload a new version of my app to the play store and ran into the "You need to use a different version code for your APK because you already have one with version code" error. Looking closer I found that the versioncode was not being updated with the buildNumber specified in the mobile-config.js. I reproduced the issue using the vanilla meteor todos app, repro steps below:

$ git clone 
$ cd todos
$ meteor --version
Meteor 1.3               
$ meteor npm install --save faker # to address build error "unable to resolve some modules"
$ meteor npm install --save autoprefixer # to fix "error: Can't load npm module 'autoprefixer' from ..."

#--------------------- baseline -------------------#
$ meteor build ../buildtodos --server
$ cp ../buildtodos/android/project/build/outputs/apk/android-armv7-release-unsigned.apk ../buildtodos/android/release-unsigned.apk # for some reason the apk file did not get copied to the top build directory

$ /Users/justme/Library/Android/sdk/build-tools/23.0.2/aapt dump badging ../buildtodos/android/release-unsigned.apk 
package: name='com.idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb' versionCode='12' versionName='0.0.1' platformBuildVersionName='6.0-2438415'

The buildNumber is not specified in the original mobile-config.js and defaults to versionCode='12'

To repro issue added buildNumber and updated version to '1.0.0'

#--------------------- modified mobile-config.js with version/build # -------------------#
$ git diff
diff --git a/mobile-config.js b/mobile-config.js
index e256b90..bc9be1a 100644
--- a/mobile-config.js
+++ b/mobile-config.js
@@ -7,7 +7,8 @@{
   author: 'Percolate Studio Team',
   email: '',
   website: '',
-  version: '0.0.1',
+  version: '1.0.0',
+  buildNumber: '1'

diff --git a/package.json b/package.json
index 30a0235..be6f62e 100644
--- a/package.json
+++ b/package.json
@@ -8,8 +8,8 @@
     "chimp-watch": "chimp --ddp=http://localhost:3000 --watch --mocha --path=tests"
   "dependencies": {
-    "autoprefixer": "^6.3.1",
-    "faker": "^3.0.1"
+    "autoprefixer": "",
+    "faker": ""
   "devDependencies": {
     "eslint": "^2.3.0",

$ meteor build ../buildtodos --server
$ /Users/justme/Library/Android/sdk/build-tools/23.0.2/aapt dump badging ../buildtodos/android/release-unsigned.apk
package: name='com.idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb' versionCode='12' versionName='1.0.0' platformBuildVersionName='6.0-2438415'

versionName updates correctly to 1.0.0 but versionCode is unchanged

$ find ../buildtodos/android -type f -print |xargs grep -I -i versioncode
../buildtodos/android/project/AndroidManifest.xml:<manifest android:hardwareAccelerated="true" android:versionCode="1" android:versionName="1.0.0" package="com.idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb" xmlns:android="">
../buildtodos/android/project/build/intermediates/exploded-aar/android/CordovaLib/unspecified/release/aapt/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="1"
../buildtodos/android/project/build/intermediates/exploded-aar/android/CordovaLib/unspecified/release/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="1"
../buildtodos/android/project/build/intermediates/exploded-aar/org.xwalk/xwalk_core_library/17.46.448.10/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="1"
../buildtodos/android/project/build/intermediates/manifests/full/armv7/release/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="12"
../buildtodos/android/project/build/intermediates/manifests/full/x86/release/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="14"
../buildtodos/android/project/build/intermediates/res/merged/armv7/release/xml/config.xml:<widget android-versionCode="1" id="com.idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb" ios-CFBundleVersion="1" version="1.0.0" xmlns="" xmlns:cdv="">
../buildtodos/android/project/build/intermediates/res/merged/x86/release/xml/config.xml:<widget android-versionCode="1" id="com.idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb" ios-CFBundleVersion="1" version="1.0.0" xmlns="" xmlns:cdv="">
../buildtodos/android/project/build/outputs/logs/manifest-merger-armv7-release-report.txt:  android:versionCode
../buildtodos/android/project/build/outputs/logs/manifest-merger-x86-release-report.txt:    android:versionCode
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:    // Sets the versionCode to the given value.
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:    if (!project.hasProperty('cdvVersionCode')) {
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:        cdvVersionCode = null
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:ext.cdvVersionCode = cdvVersionCode == null ? null : Integer.parseInt('' + cdvVersionCode)
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:    println('cdvVersionCode=' + cdvVersionCode)
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:    println('computedVersionCode=' + android.defaultConfig.versionCode)
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:        println('computed' + + 'VersionCode=' + flavor.versionCode)
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:        versionCode cdvVersionCode ?: Integer.parseInt("" + privateHelpers.extractIntFromManifest("versionCode") + "0")
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:                versionCode defaultConfig.versionCode + 2
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:                versionCode defaultConfig.versionCode + 4
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:    } else if (!cdvVersionCode) {
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:      // Vary versionCode by the two most common API levels:
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:        defaultConfig.versionCode += 9
../buildtodos/android/project/build.gradle:        defaultConfig.versionCode += 8
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/AndroidManifest.js:AndroidManifest.prototype.getVersionCode = function() {
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/AndroidManifest.js:    return this.doc.getroot().attrib['android:versionCode'];
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/AndroidManifest.js:AndroidManifest.prototype.setVersionCode = function(versionCode) {
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/AndroidManifest.js:    this.doc.getroot().attrib['android:versionCode'] = versionCode;
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/build.js:        versionCode: String,
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/build.js:    if (options.argv.versionCode)
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/build.js:        ret.extraArgs.push('-PcdvVersionCode=' + options.argv.versionCode);
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/build.js:    console.log('    \'--versionCode=#\': Override versionCode for this build. Useful for uploading multiple APKs. Requires --gradle.');
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:        .setVersionCode(platformConfig.android_versionCode() || default_versionCode(platformConfig.version()))
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:// Consturct the default value for versionCode as
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:function default_versionCode(version) {
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:    var versionCode = 0;
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:        versionCode += +nums[0] * 10000;
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:        versionCode += +nums[1] * 100;
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:        versionCode += +nums[2];
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/lib/prepare.js:    return versionCode;
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/node_modules/cordova-common/src/ConfigParser/ConfigParser.js:    android_versionCode: function() {
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/node_modules/cordova-common/src/ConfigParser/ConfigParser.js:        return this.doc.getroot().attrib['android-versionCode'];
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova/node_modules/cordova-common/src/ConfigParser/    android_versionCode()
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview/idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb-xwalk.gradle:                    versionCode defaultConfig.versionCode + 6
../buildtodos/android/project/cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview/idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb-xwalk.gradle:                    versionCode defaultConfig.versionCode + 9
../buildtodos/android/project/CordovaLib/AndroidManifest.xml:      package="org.apache.cordova" android:versionName="1.0" android:versionCode="1">
../buildtodos/android/project/CordovaLib/build/intermediates/bundles/debug/aapt/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="1"
../buildtodos/android/project/CordovaLib/build/intermediates/bundles/debug/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="1"
../buildtodos/android/project/CordovaLib/build/intermediates/bundles/release/aapt/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="1"
../buildtodos/android/project/CordovaLib/build/intermediates/bundles/release/AndroidManifest.xml:    android:versionCode="1"
../buildtodos/android/project/res/xml/config.xml:<widget android-versionCode="1" id="com.idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb" ios-CFBundleVersion="1" version="1.0.0" xmlns="" xmlns:cdv="">

From looking through the Cordova build files android/project/build/intermediates/manifests/full/*/release/AndroidManifest.xml is not being updated correctly even though config.xml has android-versionCode set correctly.

This was all working till recently - I upgraded to Meteor not sure if that changed something.


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@dude-awesome dude-awesome commented May 5, 2016


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@jb1999 jb1999 commented May 6, 2016

One workaround is to create build-extras.gradle with an appropriate cdvVersionCode but this would be reverting back to the pre- buildNumber process.

# executed in the todos directory in repro instructions above
$ mkdir -p cordova-build-override/platforms/android
$ echo cdvVersionCode = \'-1\'  >  cordova-build-override/platforms/android/build-extras.gradle
$ meteor build ../buildtodos --server
$ cp ../buildtodos/android/project/build/outputs/apk/android-armv7-release-unsigned.apk ../buildtodos/android/release-unsigned.apk
$ /Users/justme/Library/Android/sdk/build-tools/23.0.2/aapt dump badging ../buildtodos/android/release-unsigned.apk 
package: name='com.idvqze4o4fmojp1vxyybb' versionCode='1' versionName='1.0.0' platformBuildVersionName='6.0-2704002'

In the example above, I wanted versionCode as 1, but the build process was adding 2 to the versionCode, I set cdvVersionCode to '-1' so that final versionCode was '1'

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@timbrandin timbrandin commented May 27, 2016

@jb1999 I can't get your workaround to work, only one time it did, but I can't confirm the reason for it.

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@timbrandin timbrandin commented May 27, 2016

I'm also using crosswalk, if that makes any difference.

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@miri-am miri-am commented May 27, 2016

I am also having this problem when submitting an app. However, after I ran the exact same build process a second time it works. I dont know the reason for this, but for me it does work every second build.

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@timbrandin timbrandin commented May 27, 2016

Ah Alright, so double it works

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@jb1999 jb1999 commented May 27, 2016

Hmm - I just uploaded my app to the play store and did not have any issues with the workaround. Glad the second time worked perhaps some files are not being overwritten the first time(?).

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@timbrandin timbrandin commented May 28, 2016

Yeah, for me it's not like every time it works, I'm just getting used to
building and building until the versioncode gets right, very frustrating!

2016-05-27 18:56 GMT+02:00 jb1999

Hmm - I just uploaded my app to the play store and did not have any issues
with the workaround. Glad the second time worked perhaps some files are not
being overwritten the first time(?).

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@atulmy atulmy commented Nov 23, 2016

This problem still exists. Anyone found any good solution!?

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@jackkav jackkav commented Nov 24, 2016


It appears to fixed in 1.4.2

Set buildNumber in your mobile config, or update your version before you build and let it generate one for you. Be warned that generating versionCode would not work well if you have already published an app with a build number with an 8 or 28 appended and it would be best to just manage the buildNumber manually in you mobile-config.js


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@atulmy atulmy commented Nov 24, 2016

@jackkav thanks, buildNumber worked.{
    id: '...',
    name: '...',
    version: "1.8",
    buildNumber: '108008'
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@abernix abernix commented Nov 24, 2016

I do believe this is fixed in 1.4.2, however as @jackkav outlined in #7205 (comment), there could be some issues with that. I'm closing this in favor of that issue for wrapping up the conversation, but it does appear that this is fixed if you actually set buildNumber.

It is best if you manage your build number manually due to some strange decisions Cordova (itself) makes when building for various architectures. If you read the Cordova source code (apache/cordova-android@dc57941) you might understand why better, but it's still a bit unclear. Again, use buildNumber to provide the number as part of your build process. If you do this, using Meteor 1.4.2 or higher (which was upgraded for Cordova 6.2) you will avoid all the extra changes that Cordova tries to intelligently make and it will just use your version.

Thanks for reporting this issue originally. And thank you @jackkav for your followthrough on this.

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@JWPapi JWPapi commented Dec 7, 2016

I used buildNumber, but it still didnt work. I dont even know whats the version code

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@jackkav jackkav commented Dec 7, 2016

It gets set in your AndroidManifest.xml during the meteor build process. It should match your buildNumber.

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@c316 c316 commented Jan 11, 2017

@atulmy The buildNumber didn't do anything for me. For it to take the change I had to make an actual change to my code, then the versionCode updated in my app.

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@rafaelrglima rafaelrglima commented Feb 7, 2017

I am having the same problem here. I can change the buildNumber or the version and do the apk build again, but still can not upload apk because of the buildNumber is the same. But on the androidManifest the version is updated normally. So I am thinking is something else after the build process.

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@abernix abernix commented Feb 9, 2017

Please read my comments here #6978 (comment) and the related thread here #7205 (comment) which essentially provides an explanation, reasoning and a solution. This particular issue is closed.

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