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Tools Release
24 May 2016

New updates of cordova, cordova-lib, plugman and cordova-common are now live! We have also released the first version of cordova-fetch, a module used by cordova-lib to fetch plugins and platforms via npm install.

Release Highlights:

  • CB-9858 added --fetch option
  • Telemetry Added telemetry to cordova to collect data for data driven development. Goal is use data to help guide the development of cordova. cordova will issue a prompt on first use providing an option for the user to disable it. Type cordova telemetry -h for more info.
  • CB-11194 Improve cordova load time
  • Added support for node 6 via CB-11200 Bump node-xcode dependency and update tests to past.

The new cordova-fetch feature is behind the --fetch flag. Use it when adding and removing plugins and platforms.

cordova plugin add/rm PLUGINID --fetch
cordova platform add/rm PLATFORM --fetch

This will fetch the plugin/platform and npm install it to your application. You should see a new node_modules directory. This is the first step towards us eventually supporting a package.json in your cordova applications.

To update your tools:

  • If you have cordova installed:

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

    npm install -g plugman@latest

Make sure to report any issues you find at!

Changes include:


  • CB-11259 Improving prepare and build logging
  • Resolve npm run jshint failure due to npm/npm#10343
  • CB-11200 Bump node-xcode dependency and update tests to pass
  • CB-11240 added --fetch support to cordova prepare
  • CB-9858 merging initial --fetch work for plugin and platform fetching
  • CB-11194 Improve cordova load time
  • CB-11174 Resolve symlinked path before getting PlatformApi instance
  • CB-11036 args.slice is not a function when building Windows with other platform
  • CB-10761 Resore plugins saved without spec attribute
  • CB-10981 Remove cordova-common from bundled dependencies
  • CB-11042 Add cordova run option to skip prepare
  • CB-11022 Respect result returned by plugin installation and skip prepare if it is truthy
  • CB-10975 Allow plugin path to be relative to current directory
  • CB-10986 Adding support for scoped npm package plugins
  • CB-10770 Remove cache-min when adding platforms
  • CB-10921 Emit warning in case of plugin restoration failure


  • Telemetry Added telemetry to cordova-cli to collect data for data driven development
  • CB-11250 Fix CLI tests verifying the version
  • CB-9858 added --fetch option
  • CB-10986 Adding note about scoped npm packages for plugins
  • CB-11042 Add cordova run option to skip prepare
  • CB-10062 Error: EACCES: permission denied - update-notifier-cordova.json
  • CB-10679 Documenting how the CLI chooses plugin versions


  • CB-9858 added --fetch option to plugman


  • CB-11259: Improving prepare and build logging
  • CB-11194 Improve cordova load time
  • CB-1117 Add FileUpdater module to cordova-common.
  • CB-11131 Fix TypeError: message.toUpperCase is not a function in CordovaLogger


  • CB-9858 Added jasmine tests
  • CB-9858 Added npm uninstall method to cordova-fetch
  • CB-9858 Initial implementation of cordova-fetch module

Pinned Platform Versions for Cordova CLI 6.2.0

  • Cordova Amazon-FireOS: ~3.6.3
  • Cordova Android: ~5.1.1
  • Cordova BlackBerry10: ~3.8.0
  • Cordova Browser: ~4.1.0
  • Cordova FirefoxOS: ~3.6.3
  • Cordova iOS: ~4.1.0
  • Cordova OSX: ~4.0.1
  • Cordova Ubuntu: ~4.3.3
  • Cordova Windows: ~4.3.1
  • Cordova WebOS: ~3.7.0
  • Cordova WP8: ~3.8.2

Plugin Versions tested with Cordova CLI 6.2.0

  • cordova-plugin-battery-status: 1.1.2
  • cordova-plugin-camera: 2.2.0
  • cordova-plugin-console: 1.0.3
  • cordova-plugin-contacts: 2.1.0
  • cordova-plugin-compat: 1.0.0
  • cordova-plugin-device: 1.1.2
  • cordova-plugin-device-motion: 1.2.1
  • cordova-plugin-device-orientation: 1.0.3
  • cordova-plugin-dialogs: 1.2.1
  • cordova-plugin-file: 4.2.0
  • cordova-plugin-file-transfer: 1.5.1
  • cordova-plugin-geolocation: 2.2.0
  • cordova-plugin-globalization: 1.0.3
  • cordova-plugin-inappbrowser: 1.4.0
  • cordova-plugin-legacy-whitelist: 1.1.1
  • cordova-plugin-media: 2.3.0
  • cordova-plugin-media-capture: 1.3.0
  • cordova-plugin-network-information: 1.2.1
  • cordova-plugin-splashscreen: 3.2.2
  • cordova-plugin-statusbar: 2.1.3
  • cordova-plugin-test-framework: 1.1.2
  • cordova-plugin-vibration: 2.1.1
  • cordova-plugin-whitelist: 1.2.2
  • cordova-plugin-wkwebview-engine: 1.0.3