Android Command-line Tools
cordova command-line utility is a high-level tool that allows
you to build applications across several platforms at once. An older
version of the Cordova framework provides sets of command-line tools
specific to each platform. To use them as an alternative to the CLI,
you need to download this version of Cordova from
cordova.apache.org. The download contains
separate archives for each platform. Expand the platform you wish to
target. The tools described here are typically available in the
bin directory, otherwise consult the README file for
more detailed directions.
For information on the low-level command-line interface that enables plugins, see Using Plugman to Manage Plugins. See Application Plugins for an overview.
Create a Project
create command, specifying the existing path to the project,
the reverse-domain-style package identifier, and the app's display
name. Here is the syntax for both Mac and Windows:
$ /path/to/cordova-android/bin/create /path/to/project com.example.project_name ProjectName
$ C:\path\to\cordova-android\bin\create.bat C:\path\to\project com.example.project_name ProjectName
This cleans then builds a project.
Debug, on Mac or Windows:
$ /path/to/project/cordova/build --debug
$ C:\path\to\project\cordova\build.bat --debug
Release, on Mac or Windows:
$ /path/to/project/cordova/build --release
$ C:\path\to\project\cordova\build.bat --release
Run the App
run command accepts the following optional parameters:
Target specification. This includes
Build specification. This includes
$ /path/to/project/cordova/run [Target] [Build] $ C:\path\to\project\cordova\run.bat [Target] [Build]
Make sure you create at least one Android Virtual Device, otherwise
you're prompted to do so with the
android command. If more than one
AVD is available as a target, you're prompted to select one. By
run command detects a connected device, or a currently
running emulator if no device is found.
Manual Use of Ant
If you wish to call Ant directly from the command line such as
ant debug install, you need to specify additional parameters to the ant
ant debug install -Dout.dir=ant-build -Dgen.absolute.dir=ant-gen
This is because the directories used by Cordova's Ant scripts are different than the default. This is done to avoid conflicts when Ant is run from the command line versus inside Eclipse/ADT.