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Tools Release: April 21, 2015
21 Apr 2015

New versions of cordova tools are now live!

Release highlights:

  • Plugins have been renamed and the Cordova-CLI now supports fetching plugins from npm. We highly recommend reading about it in the plugins release blog post.
  • <feature> tags have been renamed to <plugin> tags in your projects config.xml. Adding a <plugin> tag to your config.xml will fetch and install it on cordova prepare if it isn't already installed.
  • Cordova Android@4.0.0 has been released and pinned as the default version for new projects. This includes support for pluggable WebViews! Read about it in the Android 4.0.0 release blog post.
  • Our template app, Cordova App Hello World, has been moved to npm.
  • Added the ability to manage your plugin and platform dependencies in your project's config.xml. When adding plugins or platforms, use the --save flag to add them to config.xml. Ex: cordova platform add android --save. Existing projects can use cordova plugin save and cordova platform save commands to save all previously installed plugins and platforms into your project's config.xml. Platforms and plugins will be autorestored when cordova prepare is run. This allows developers to easily manage and share their dependenceis among different development enviroments and with their coworkers.

To update your tools:

  • If you have cordova installed:

    npm install -g cordova
  • If you have plugman installed:

    npm install -g plugman

Changes include:

Platform updates

When adding these platforms to your project, the following versions are now used by default. These platform versions were released recently, and the tools' defaults were updated:


  • CB-8865 Fixed
  • Pinned Cordova-Android version 4.0.0
  • Fix getPlatformVersion fails for paths with spaces
  • CB-8799 Save plugin/platform src and version to spec attribute.
  • CB-8807 Platform add fails to add plugins with variables.
  • CB-8832 Fix iOS icon copying logic to not use default for every size
  • Updated pinned versions of Windows and wp8.
  • CB-8775 Adding a plugin will copy it to plugins folder, except if the plugin's new or old id is already installed.
  • Fix setGlobalPreference() in ConfigParser
  • Removed mostly unused relativePath checking and added missing cases for isAbsolutePath
  • CB-8791 Recognize UAP as a valid TargetPlatformIdentifier
  • CB-8784 Prepare with no platforms should restore all platforms.
  • Fix plugman install failure on iOS containing &
  • CB-8703 Add support for semver and device-specific targeting of config-file to Windows
  • CB-8596 Expose APIs to retrieve platforms and plugins saved in config.xml.
  • CB-8741 Make plugin --save work more like npm install
  • CB-8755 Plugin --save: Multiple config.xml entries don't get removed
  • CB-8754 Auto-restoring a plugin fails when adding a platform.
  • CB-8651 Restoring platforms causes plugin install to be triggered twice
  • CB-8731 Updated app-hello-world dependency to 3.9.0
  • CB-8757 iOS: Make paths with --link relative to the real project path
  • CB-8286 Fix regression from e70432f2: Never want to link to app-hello-world
  • CB-8737 Available platforms list includes extraneous values
  • Bugfix to json.parse before using cfg
  • Add merges/ by default, now all tests pass
  • Move cordova-app-hello-world dependency to cordova-lib
  • Support the old 4-argument version of cordova create again
  • CB-8286 Update create.js to always require passing in a www
  • Show npm failure message when plugin fetch fails
  • CB-8725 Fix plugin add from npm when authenticated to CPR
  • CB-8499 Remove project_dir from (un)installers signature
  • Add addElement() to ConfigParser
  • CB-8696 Fix fetching of dependencies with semver constraints rather than exact versions
  • CB-7747 Add <allow-intent> for App Store on iOS
  • Export PlatformProjectAdapter from platforms.js
  • Allow subdirs for icons on BB10
  • CB-8670 Error when set engine name to cordova-windows in plugin.xml
  • CB-8521 Adds cordova plugin save which saves all installed plugins to config.xml
  • CB-7698 BugFix: For plugins which require variables, cordova plugin add FOO should fail when no variables specified.
  • Add setGlobalPreference() to ConfigParser
  • CB-8499 Merge platforms.js from cordova and plugman
  • Rename references to feature to plugin
  • Deprecate the old feature syntax from config.xml
  • CB-8634 Adds support for custom branches for cordova platform add
  • CB-8633 BugFix: Support for urls to tarballs was broken
  • CB-8499 cordova platform save: save installed platforms and their sources (versions/git_urls/folders) Into config.xml
  • CB-8499 When deleting a platform, remove it from platforms.json
  • CB-8499 When adding a platform, capture version/folder/url being added to allow us to be able to save all installed platforms and their versions later on by doing cordova platform save
  • CB-7747 Add <allow-intent> to default template
  • CB-8616 Support 9-patch images for default Android splashscreen
  • CB-8551 Fixed regex in isValidCprName
  • CB-8551 Merged fetchNPM and fetchPlugReg into fetchPlugin
  • CB-8551 Updated regex in isValidCprName to exclude matching @version
  • CB-8551 Split up changePluginId into two functions
  • CB-8457 Ignore version specifier when running hooks
  • CB-8578 cordova plugin add <plugin> should be able to restore urls and folders in addition to versions
  • CB-7827 Add support for android-activityName within config.xml
  • Add org.apache.cordova.test-framework to plugman publish whitelist
  • CB-8577 Read plugin variables from correct tag
  • CB-8551 Added plugin-name support for removing plugins.
  • CB-8551 Skip CPR if pluginID isn't reverse domain name style
  • CB-8551 Added npm fetching as fallback


  • Add information on Firefox OS to the README
  • Update link to hooks README
  • CB-8634 Adds docs about support for custom branches for cordova platform add


  • Verify that window.cordova does not already exist and throw error if it does
  • Added appveyor badge
  • CB-8711 Wait for all callbacks before evaluating expectations
  • CB-8223 Adds configparser module for exposing config.xml in the Browser platform
  • CB-8667 Windows Handle case where checking for NORESULT returns falsy
  • Add TravisCI link and banner


Pinned Platform Versions for Cordova CLI 5.0.0

  • Cordova Amazon-FireOS: 3.6.3
  • Cordova Android: 4.0.0
  • Cordova BlackBerry10: 3.7.0
  • Cordova Browser: 3.6.0
  • Cordova FirefoxOS: 3.6.3
  • Cordova iOS: 3.8.0
  • Cordova Ubuntu: 4.0.0
  • Cordova Windows: 3.8.1
  • Cordova WP8: 3.8.0