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The PhoneGap Developer app is a testing utility for web developers and designers using the PhoneGap framework. After installing the PhoneGap Developer app you can connect to your PhoneGap desktop app to instantly view and test your project on the device.
For more information, see Developer App Reference Guide on the PhoneGap Docs.
The repository includes everything required to compile the app. You can get setup by:
$ git clone https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-app-developer.git $ cd phonegap-app-developer/ $ npm install
Compile and Run
The app bundles the
phonegap npm module as a dependency. This means that
there is no need for a global installation of
By editing the
package.json, you can specify the exact version of
to compile the project.
Since a global install of the
phonegap module is not required, we use
npm run scripts to compile and run the application. This allows the app's
plugins/ directories to be removed and rebuilt each time,
ensuring a consistent build using the correct PhoneGap, Cordova, platform,
and plugin versions.
The command structure is:
$ npm run phonegap -- <command> [args]
For example, you can check the version of
$ npm run phonegap -- --version
You can compile and run iOS or Android:
$ npm run phonegap -- run ios $ npm run phonegap -- run android
For developers wishing to use the platform SDKs (Xcode, Eclipse, Visual Studio), please build once with the CLI to correctly populate the platform assets:
$ npm run phonegap -- build <platform>
Due to a Windows npm bug, the
-- does not work. Therefore we have created
run script that will build Windows Phone 8, so it can run in Visual Studio.
$ npm run phonegap-wp8
Running the Tests
There are two types of test targets: the local app and served app.
Test the Local Application
The local application is the PhoneGap Developer App. To test the local functionality, we build the application with mobile-spec. This allows us to ensure that each plugin was correctly installed. Eventually, we would like to add functional tests for the app logic.
You can run the local tests with:
$ npm run phonegap -- run android --test $ npm run phonegap -- run ios --test
Again for Windows Phone, we have a run script that will build the app so it can run in Visual Studio.
$ npm run phonegap-wp8-test
Test the Served Application
The served application is the app served by the CLI. To test the server functionality, we serve an instance of mobile-spec. We can then use the manual and automatic tests to ensure that the server provided the correct version of Cordova, the plugins, and the navigation logic.
You can run the served tests with:
$ cd tests/ $ phonegap serve # now connect with the latest build of the PG App
Updating the Tests
It's as easy as a copy and paste.
- Copy all content of
- Paste the content into
On your first run of the tests, you may see some modified files. This is expected
because the test runner invoked by
--test modifies certain files to support
our app's configuration.
Adding Custom Plugins
If you're a developer interested in creating your own custom build of the PhoneGap Developer App, then this section is for you!
Since the PhoneGap Developer app bundles
phonegap as a npm dependency and
plugins/ as artifacts, you'll find that it is very
easy to add your own plugins and alter other aspects of the app.
You may visit the PhoneGap docs for a more in-depth guide or follow the steps below.
First, Setup the project on your local system.
Second, edit the
config.xml to add a custom plugin, change a preference, or
configure the app's name. You should also change the app's id to your own
unique app bundle id:
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?> <widget id="org.mycompany.phonegap.app" version="1.6.2" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/ns/widgets" xmlns:gap="http://phonegap.com/ns/1.0">
Third, follow the Compile and Run section to get the app onto your device.
If you run into any problems, feel free to submit an issue.
Releases are also generated using the npm scripts:
$ npm run release-android $ npm run release-ios $ npm run release-wp
In order to properly code-sign Android and iOS, you must setup the signing key. This is accomplished by cloning the signing key repository and sym-linking each platform directory with the PhoneGap Developer App repository:
# in your development directory $ git clone https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-app-developer-keys.git $ cd path/to/phonegap-app-developer/ $ ln -s /path/to/phonegap-app-developer-keys/keys/ios resources/signing/ios $ ln -s /path/to/phonegap-app-developer-keys/keys/android resources/signing/android
Contributing, Commits, and Tags
See the CONTRIBUTING.md file for details.