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Apache Cordova CLI 4.0 Release
16 Oct 2014

We are happy to announce that Apache Cordova CLI 4.0 has been released!

We have also released Cordova-Browser 3.6.0, Cordova-Android 3.6.4, Cordova-Windows 3.6.4, and Cordova-WP8 3.6.4.

Most notable changes include:

  • Cordova CLI version bump to 4.0.0 to reflect our changes in release policy.
  • WP8 and Windows both implemented support for --target flag
  • Initial support for Cordova-Browser platform.
  • CB-5390 Uninstall - recursively remove dependencies of dependencies

To upgrade: (replace android with the platform you want to update):

npm install -g cordova
cd my_project
cordova platform update android

For non-CLI projects or for pre-3.0 projects, refer to the upgrade guides.

Cordova CLI bumped to version 4.0

We have recently decided to update our release process to include independent releases for platforms. This means that our platform maintainers can release updates when they need to and not have to wait for other platforms to be ready to release.

Users should expect more frequent releases with bug fixes and new features. Users can always view what versions of platforms they are using in a cordova project with the cordova platform list command. Users workflow is exactly the same and updating existing projects should not be an issue.

Our docs will be released alongside our CLI.

The CLI is released with a set of default platforms pinned. For instance, this release of Cordova-CLI will include Cordova-Android@3.6.4 pinned by default. This means that when you type cordova platform add android, it will fetch and install version 3.6.4 into your project. It is also very simple to install a different version of a platform for a project if you wish by specifying the version of the platform when you are adding. Ex. cordova platform add android@3.5.1. Of course we always recommend using the latest release when possible.

In this release, all of our platforms are still in the 3.6.x range in terms of versions. Expect this to change as we do more releases.

You can read more about our new versioning strategy at

New Platform: Cordova Browser

We have just released Browser as a platform. Add it to your projects with cordova platform add browser. This feature is intended for development purposes. We are working on adding browser support to our core plugins. Ray Camden has put together detailed blog post outlining which plugins we currently support at

Please file any issues and feature requests in our issue tracker. Make sure to fill in the component field as browser.

What's new in Android

  • Update JS snapshot to version 3.6.4
  • CB-7634 Detect JAVA_HOME properly on Ubuntu
  • CB-7579 Fix run script's ability to use non-arch-specific APKs
  • CB-6511 Fixes build for Android when app name contains unicode characters.
  • CB-7460 Fixing bug with KitKat where the background colour would override the CSS colours on the application
  • CB-7674 Preference activation no longer occurs in CordovaActivity.onCreate()

What's new in Windows Phone 8

  • Updated JS snapshot to version 3.6.4
  • CB-7616 partial match support for --target
  • Fixing paths for npm published versions
  • move node_modules up to same level as package.json
  • CB-7455 add bundledDependencies
  • Moves node_modules from package root to bin/ folder
  • CB-7444 Fixes XHR callback failure when requested file doesn't exists

What's new in Windows

  • Update JS snapshot to version 3.6.4
  • CB-7617 partial match support for --target
  • Added bundledDependencies + fixed some whitespace

What's new in Cordova-Browser

  • Update JS snapshot to version 3.6.0
  • added initial Windows run support
  • No longer need to kill Chrome for macOS
  • added create.bat for Windows support

What's new in Cordova-CLI

  • Made version semVer compliant and bumped to 4.0.0
  • Pinned dependencies

What's new in Cordova-Plugman

  • Pinned dependencies

What's new in Cordova-Lib

  • Bumped version to 4.0.0 to be semVer compliant and to match Cordova CLI version
  • Pinned dependencies in package.json
  • Updated platforms.js for 3.6.4
  • CB-5390 Uninstall - recursively remove dependencies of dependencies
  • Fixes HooksRunner test - should run before_plugin_uninstall
  • CB-6481 getPluginsHookScripts to work if plugin platform not defined
  • CB-6481 Context opts should copy not reference
  • CB-6481 Fixed HooksRunner and tests. Avoided issue with parallel tests running. Added checks for handling mocked config.xml and package.json in HooksRunner and scriptsFinder. Addressed jshint issues. Renamed ScriptsFinder to scriptsFinder
  • CB-6481 Addressed community review notes: Removed commonModules from Context. Renamed Hooker and subclasses to HooksRunner and scriptsFinder. Moved scriptsRunner code into HooksRunner
  • CB-6481 Replaced CordovaError throwing with Error per @kamrik review. Extracted prepareOptions Hooker method
  • CB-6481 Docs: deprecated .cordova/hooks + other minor updates
  • CB-6481 Updated hooks documentation
  • CB-6481 Added unified hooks support for cordova app and plugins
  • CB-7572 Serve - respond with 304 when resource not modified
  • computeCommitId for browserify workflow fixed to handle cli and non cli workflows
  • CB-7219 prepare-browserify now supports commitId and platformVersion for cordovajs
  • CB-7615 Read config.xml after pre-prepare hooks fire
  • CB-7578 Windows Fix platform name reported by pre_package hook
  • CB-7576 Support windows merges folder for Windows platform
  • Added tests for browser platform

Plugin versions tested with this release

  • cordova-plugin-battery-status: 0.2.11
  • cordova-plugin-camera: 0.3.2
  • cordova-plugin-console: 0.2.11
  • cordova-plugin-contacts: 0.2.13
  • cordova-plugin-device: 0.2.12
  • cordova-plugin-device-motion: 0.2.10
  • cordova-plugin-device-orientation: 0.3.9
  • cordova-plugin-dialogs: 0.2.10
  • cordova-plugin-file: 1.3.1
  • cordova-plugin-file-transfer: 0.4.6
  • cordova-plugin-geolocation: 0.3.10
  • cordova-plugin-globalization: 0.3.1
  • cordova-plugin-inappbrowser: 0.5.2
  • cordova-plugin-media: 0.2.13
  • cordova-plugin-media-capture: 0.3.3
  • cordova-plugin-network-information: 0.2.13
  • cordova-plugin-splashscreen: 0.3.3
  • cordova-plugin-statusbar: 0.1.8
  • cordova-plugin-vibration: 0.3.11

Pinned Platform Versions for Cordova CLI 4.0.0

  • Cordova Amazon-FireOS: 3.6.3
  • Cordova Android: 3.6.4
  • Cordova BlackBerry: 3.6.3
  • Cordova Browser: 3.6.0
  • Cordova FirefoxOS: 3.6.3
  • Cordova iOS: 3.6.3
  • Cordova Ubuntu: 3.6.3
  • Cordova Windows: 3.6.4
  • Cordova WP8: 3.6.4

Plugins Release: September 22, 2014
22 Sep 2014 - By Marcel Kinard

The following plugins were updated today: cordova-plugin-battery-status: 0.2.11 cordova-plugin-camera: 0.3.2 cordova-plugin-console: 0.2.11...


Plugins Release: October 17, 2014
17 Oct 2014 - By Steve Gill

The following plugins were updated today: cordova-plugin-camera: 0.3.3 cordova-plugin-contacts: 0.2.14 cordova-plugin-file-transfer: 0.4.7...