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I have updated as of April 1, 2022 to the most recent libpd package for iOS and Android. You can of course always update the libp packages manually if you like, but you would need to know a little bit about how a cordova plugin works.


This plugin is meant to unite the libpd and cordova frameworks so app developers can also have the power of Pure Data for audio and music synthesis.

I assume the following:

  1. You already know how to use Pure Data.
  2. You are familiar with the Cordova framework and how to use and install plugins.
  3. You have at least some basic knowledge of programming in different languages like Obj-C, Java and web languages.

Installing the library

To clone the repository to the root plugins folder try:

cordova plugin add org.urbanstew.cordova.pd 
cordova plugin add

Instructions for iOS

Right now you can only use the library on an iOS device. The iOS simulator seems to have changed how it handles static libraries. I'm looking into it, but will not get to it anytime soon. I've left the old static lib (libpd-ios-simulator.a) in the distribution in case it is useful.

  1. Check the config.xml to make sure org.urbanstew.cordova.pd has been added for example (cordova should do this automatically:
<plugin name="org.urbanstew.cordova.pd" spec="0.0.8" />
  1. Then either add the iOS platform or try:
cordova prepare ios
  1. Open the Xcode project in Xcode. Under the "Build Phases" add a new "Headers Phase" You can do this by pressing the '+' icon.

  2. Add all the .h files in the plugin root folder ../org.urbanstew.cordova.pd/src/ios/headers/ to the "Project" headers phase.

  3. Build your application using Xcode. The cordova build option does not currently work when linking the static library.

  4. Add your pd patch(es) to the project's Resource folder in Xcode. (right-click on the Resources folder and "Add Files..."). The patch should be in the root /www folder.

  5. If you want to test in the simulator see the file in the x86_64 folder.


This project uses dependencies that are maintained by other developers. These include:


git clone

pure data (source)

git clone git://

You can of course build your project manually cloning libpd yourself. You would just need the PdPlugin.m, PdPlugin.h files and cordova-pd.js file that comes with this distribution.

Using Custom Externals

To add any custom externals you need to follow the libpd protocol here: libpd iOS wiki

Using your patches in iOS

Your main patch needs to be called cordova.pd and located in the root /www folder. You can use other abstractions or folders, look at the [declare] object. Make sure you added the patch to your Xcode project, see above.

Passing and Receiving Data

In general you should try to only pass data to Pd and not rely too much on receiving data from Pd.
This is in part because it can be slow, and unreliable. But if you do need to get data from Pd then make sure it is not data that needs to be handled quickly.

Messages and Lists: Right now the API for these is still not fully tested. Since libpd type checks every argument or every element of a message or list it is very slow.

Instructions for Android

The Android version is now stable. After adding the platform and plugin:

  1. Check the config.xml to make sure org.urbanstew.cordova.pd has been added for example (cordova should do this automatically:
<plugin name="org.urbanstew.cordova.pd" spec="0.0.9" />
  1. Then either add the android platform or try:
cordova prepare android

The plugin looks for a patch named cordova.pd in the res/raw/ directory. When the plugin installs it will copy the demo cordova.pd patch to this directory. Just make sure to keep track of this if you plan to release both iOS and Android.

If you want cordova to copy your .pd file from /www you can try uncommenting the line:

<hook type="before_prepare" src="scripts/copyPdFile.js" />

This should automatically update your patch for the Android build when you execute:

cordova prepare android

If you need to use abstractions or externals look at the commented out code in the and alter it accordingly. It seems to work if the patches are .zip then extracted by Android.

You will need to edit the three Java files, line:

import io.cordova.hellocordova.R

to reflect the package name of your app. I found the package name in the /platforms/android/android.json. Change the name respectively and add the .R at the end.

Using ng-cordova-pd (deprecated)

The Angular JS wrapper for this plugin allows you to use cordova-pd in Ionic projects and any other projects that use Angular JS. Currently, the plugin only supports Angular JS version 1, not the newer version 2 or However, if you have a good example of using this plugin with I will accept pull requests.

To use the plugin add ng-cordova-pd.js to your root /www/js and to your index.html:

<script src="js/ng-cordova-pd.js"></script>

Add 'ngPd' to your app.js modules, and inject $puredata into your controller.

Then in your controllers follow this style:

$scope.test = function () {
                $ionicPlatform.ready(function() {
                        $puredata.sendBang("start").then(function (result) {
                            console.log("bang: " + result);
                        }, function (err) {
                        // error
                            console.log("Error: " + err);
                });//end platform ready
            };//end $scope.test

Make sure to wrap your plugin function calls in $ionicPlatform.ready() and to use the .then() method. This is especially if you are trying to receive data from Pd.

Typescript and Ionic 2 (deprecated)

It appears that Ionic 2 is relying heavily on typescript. To interface with this plugin directly in typescript use this syntax:


Just replace the 'sendBang' portion with the appropriate method.


###Sending Data to Pd

Send a bang to a receiver


Send a float to a receiver

window.plugins.pd.sendFloat("receiveName", float)

Send a symbol to a receiver

window.plugins.pd.sendSymbol("receiveName", symbol)

Send a message to a receiver, make sure your arguments are a single string '1 2 3'

window.plugins.pd.sendMessage("receiveName", message, argumentList)

Send a list to a receiver, make sure your list is a single string '1 2 3'

window.plugins.pd.sendList("receiveName", list)

###Receiving Data from Pd

Receive a bang from a sender (returns a bool set as true)

window.plugins.pd.receiveBang("sendName", success, fail)

//example code for most receives from libpd:
function success(e) {
 console.log(e);//this is the return value from Cordova
function fail() {
 console.log("It failed.");

Receive a float from a sender (returns a float)

window.plugins.pd.receiveFloat("sendName", success, fail)

Receive a symbol from a sender (returns a String)

window.plugins.pd.receiveSymbol("sendName", success, fail)

Receive a message from a sender (returns a String)

window.plugins.pd.receiveMessage("sendName", success, fail)

Receive a List from a sender (returns a JSON)

window.plugins.pd.receiveList("sendName", success, fail)


A libpd plugin for Apache Cordova.







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