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Cordova Signature View plugin

This plugin provides a simple "pad" for requesting a user's signature which you can use in Cordova/Phonegap applications. For efficiency reasons, the pad is implemented natively where available (currently only for Android). A JavaScript fallback is provided for other platforms, as well as for desktop browsers (for ease of testing).

This works best with an "active" pen, to get the most detailed output. It captures normal "touch" events, so you could use it with a pressure pen or fingers, but the results won't be as accurate.

In principle, you could use the plugin as a generic drawing/sketch capturing system, but it provides no drawing "tools" of any kind.


This extension is a little strange in that it installs a file called www/js/signature-view.js directly into your application. You can load this and it will provide the AMD module cordova.signature-view. If you're not using an AMD loader, it will define a global SignatureView variable (a property on "window"). It provides only one method, with the following signature (no pun intended):

SignatureView.getSignature(success, error, [title, [htmlPage]]);

The success argument is a callback function accepting one argument, which is either null (in case the user canceled the dialog) or an ImageData object containing the raw binary image data.

The error argument is a callback function accepting one argument, which is a string containing an error message indicating what went wrong.

The title argument is an optional string which indicates what the dialog should show as a heading.

The htmlPage argument is also an optional string which supplies a full HTML page which will be presented in a webview above the signature pad area. This allows you to place salient parts about the agreement just above the signature, which should help ensure that the user knows what they're signing. The base www directory is configured as its base URI, so you can use assets from your application.

Beware when converting the image data to a data URI: some mobile browsers (and IE) have length limitations on data URIs. It's better to use the image data with the canvas/2dcontext putImageData method or something equivalent.


Here's a minimal working example. It assumes there's a CANVAS element in your HTML document which has an id of signature.

var Signature = cordova.require('nl.codeyellow.signature.Signature');
	function (imgData) {
		/* This is the "success" callback. */
		if (!imgData) return; // User clicked cancel, we got no image data.

		var canvas = document.getElementById('signature'),
		ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
		canvas.width = imgData.width;
		canvas.height = imgData.height;
		ctx.clearRect(0, 0, canvas.width, canvas.height);
		ctx.putImageData(imgData, 0, 0);
	}, function (msg) {
		/* This is the "error" callback. */
		alert('Could not obtain a signature due to an error: '+msg);
	/* This final string is optional and defaults to a similar string. */
	'Please put your signature down below');
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