Signing an Android Apk via CLI


From time to time I got frustrated with Eclipse (update: I no longer use Eclipse). For those who have buggy software or other problems that hinder you from creating an apk file, you can follow these steps apart from opening Eclipse.

Purpose of this page for newcomers: In the past, I used Cordova/PhoneGap to create the debug version of my apps for testing, then turned to Eclipse to create the final apk that Google Play accepts for the store. Play does not accept debug versions of an app. This article gives the steps to use Cordova CLI to create the final apk version that would be uploaded to Google Play or any other app store that accepts apk files.

The information is divided into two sections. The first section is for new, version 1 apps in which a private key and keystore need to be generated. The second section is for version 2+ apps, in which the keystore is already present and needs to be applied to the apk to sign it. Just follow all these steps in the Terminal app – you need open no other software.  Continue reading

News: Cordova, iPhone 6, and iOS 8


Shazron of Adobe System’s Inc. gives us the latest news about Cordova and Apple’s release of iOS 8. Here’s what we need to change to get our apps ready for iOS 8:

http://shazronatadobe.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/cordova-ios-and-ios-8/

More news:
http://sdtimes.com/guest-view-hybrid-app-developers-love-new-ios-8/
http://www.sitepoint.com/getting-app-ready-ios-8/

Nov. 25, 2014 Need to upgrade iOS apps with Cordova older than 3.4.1 before Feb. 2015: http://cordova.apache.org/announcements/2014/11/25/ios-64bit.html

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Using Cordova CLI on Mac OS X to build iOS apps – updated 4/2017


This article gets you up to speed on how to integrate your HTML/CSS/JS app with PhoneGap/Cordova into an iOS app using a Mac and prepare it for App Store submission. This article assumes you’ve already followed the steps on https://iphonedevlog.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/using-phonegap-3-0-cli-on-mac-osx-10-to-build-ios-and-android-projects/ to:

Download Node.js
Add PATH statements to .profile

In this article, I am referencing Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and Xcode 6.3.1 on a Mac Mini. Cordova CLI 5.4.1 was installed. I am referencing “cordova” in the command-line interface, not “phonegap.” This project will not use the PhoneGap Build service. Any updates to these programs may affect the following instructions.

Download Apple’s latest OS  and Xcode if you haven’t already:
http://www.apple.com/osx/apps/app-store.html  Continue reading

Notes About Using PhoneGap Build


This is not a tutorial, but a list of things a Cordova PhoneGap developer needs to know if he or she wants to start using PhoneGap Build (PGB). PGB will take your www/ assets and create the files needed for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. It doesn’t use native files, such as those ending in .h, .m, .java, etc.; the build may fail if these are included. What follows are the notes I took as I considered whether to use the service. Read this as a FAQ page for preparing an app for PGB. Curious as to whether PhoneGap Build is for you? Read on…

Main site: https://build.phonegap.com/  Continue reading

App testing with the PhoneGap Developer App — see your changes instantly without re-building!


With this software, you can develop your app on the desktop, then see the changes instantly on your mobile device. There’s no need to re-sign, re-compile, or reinstall your app to test your code. You’ll have access to the device APIs that aren’t available in web browsers. Let’s give it a spin!

For more info:
http://phonegap.com/blog/2014/04/23/phonegap-developer-app/  Continue reading

Using PhoneGap 3.3 CLI on Mac OS X Mavericks to Build iOS Projects


This article gets you up to speed on how to integrate  your HTML/CSS/JS app with PhoneGap/Cordova into an iOS app using a Mac and prepare it for App Store submission. This article assumes you’ve already followed the steps on https://iphonedevlog.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/using-phonegap-3-0-cli-on-mac-osx-10-to-build-ios-and-android-projects/ to:

Download Node.js
Add PATH statements to .profile
Install Cordova CLI
Install Homebrew

In this article, I am referencing Mac OS X Mavericks 10.8.5 and Xcode 5.0.2 on a Mac Mini. PhoneGap CLI 3.3.0 was downloaded. I am referencing “cordova” in the command-line interface, not “phonegap.” This project will not use the PhoneGap Build service. Continue reading