Windows 8 Platform Guide

This guide shows how to set up your SDK development environment to deploy Cordova apps for Windows 8. See the following for more detailed platform-specific information:

The command-line tools above refer to versions prior to Cordova 3.0. See The Command-Line Interface for information about the current interface.

Microsoft deprecated the name Metro-style apps in Windows 8 and Windows RT. MSDN now refers to this type of app as a Windows Store app, and this guide follows that convention. Also, in this guide Windows 8 signifies both Windows 8 and Windows RT.


  • Windows 8

  • Visual Studio 2012 Professional or better, or Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8

Follow the instructions at to submit your app to Windows Store.

Install SDK and Cordova

Set up your preferred variant of Visual Studio 2012. All of the product's paid versions (Professional, etc.) let you build Windows Store apps. You need Express for Windows 8 to build Windows Store apps using the Express editions.

Download and extract the latest copy of Cordova. These instuctions apply to the lib\windows-8 subdirectory.

Set up a New Project

You can already build Windows 8 apps using the HTML/JavaScript track available in Windows Store apps. Use Cordova in Windows Store apps to expose the same APIs as on other Cordova-supported platforms.

  • Open Visual Studio 2012 and choose New Project.

  • Select Installed → Template → Other Languages → JavaScript → Windows Store from the tree, and then Blank App from the projects list. Enter whatever project name you like, such as CordovaWin8Foo as in this example:

  • Microsoft continues to use default.html as the default home page, but most web developers use index.html. It's a good idea to do so, at least to match other platforms you're likely working on. To fix this, in Solution Explorer rename the default.html file to index.html. Then double-click the package.appxmanifest file and change the Start page value to index.html:

  • To include cordova.js in your project, right-click on the js directory in Solution Explorer and select Add → New Item. Locate the cordova.js file in the lib\windows-8 directory.

  • Edit the code for index.html. Add a reference to cordova.js. You can do this manually, or by dragging the file from Solution Explorer. Add the following other dependencies to the app's home page:

          <!-- WinJS references -->
          <link href="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/css/ui-dark.css" rel="stylesheet" />
          <script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/base.js"></script>
          <script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/ui.js"></script>
          <!-- Cordova -->
          <script src="/js/cordova.js"></script>
          <!-- CordovaWin8Foo references -->
          <link href="/css/default.css" rel="stylesheet" />
          <script src="/js/default.js"></script>
  • Add a [deviceready](../../../cordova/events/events.deviceready.html) handler to demonstrate Cordova is working:

          <p>Content goes here</p>
          <script type="text/javascript">
              document.addEventListener("deviceready", function () {
                  navigator.notification.alert("The device is ready!");

Test the Project

Run the project from Visual Studio. You'll see the message box appear:


That's it. You're now ready to build Windows Store apps with Cordova.