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Tools Release: August 13th, 2015
13 Aug 2015

New versions of cordova tools are now live!

Release highlights:

  • CB-9330 Removed Plugman publish, unpublish, addUser and owner add/rm commands due to switching to read only. Plugin authors are encouraged to publish to npm instead. Learn more at
  • CB-5578 Adds clean command to cordova-cli. This cleans the build artifacts for your project. Run cordova clean -h for more information.
  • CB-9177 Use tilde instead of caret when saving to config.xml via --save flag.
  • CB-9225 Add Windows platform support to plugman platform add
  • CB-9114: Deprecation Warning for --usegit flag.
  • Browserify flag for adding plugins at build time vs run time has all tests passings. Please try it out via --browserify. EX. cordova run android --browserify.

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-9436 Removes require-tr bundle transformation
  • CB-9278: Restoring multiple platforms fails. This closes #266
  • CB-9421 Added a test for plugin fetch with searchpath parameter
  • CB-9421 Fixed searchpath parameter being ignored. This closes #269
  • Update xcode dependency to latest stable version. This closes #272
  • CB-9420 Fixes malformed require calls in browserify bundle. This closes #270
  • CB-9405 limit author/description to 256 char per WMAppManifest schema
  • CB-9414 plugin fetching now defaults to npm, CPR fallback
  • CB-9384 Added tests that test plugin fetch from github branch|tag|sha
  • added comment outlining the types of things git_ref can be : commit SHA | branch | tag
  • actually checkout git_ref because it may be a branch OR a commit SHA
  • CB-9332 Upgrade npm and semver to actual versions
  • CB-9330 updated wording for warning messages for removal of publish/unpublish commands
  • Adds stubs for publish/unpublish commands. This closes #254
  • CB-9330 Removes 'plugman publish' related functionality
  • CB-9335: Windows quality-of-life improvements. To align with the change in Cordova-Windows which removes the Windows 8 project from the solution file used by Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, the same is done in the spec.
  • Fix prepare to wait the promise from plugman prepare.
  • CB-9362 Don't fail if superspawn can't chmod a file
  • CB-9122 Added tests for platform/plugin add/rm/update with --save flag. This closes #246
  • Fixed ios node-xcode related tests failing on Windows according to version update
  • Added webOS parsers for project creation/manipulation
  • CB-8965 Prevent cli from copying cordova.js and cordova-js-src/ multiple times
  • CB-9114: Log deprecation message when --usegit flag is used. This closes #234
  • CB-9126 Fix ios pbxproj' resources paths when adding ios platform on non-OSX environment.
  • CB-9221 Updates cordova serve command to use cordova-serve module.
  • CB-9225 Add windows platform support to plugman platform add
  • CB-9163 when engine check isn't satisfied, skip that plugin install
  • CB-9162 Adds support for default values for plugin variables.
  • CB-9188 Confusing error after delete plugin folder then prepare.
  • CB-9145 prepare can lose data during config munge
  • CB-9177 Use tilde instead of caret when save to config.xml.
  • CB-9147 Adding a platform via caret version adds latest rather than the latest matching.
  • CB-5578 Adds clean module to cordova. This closes #241
  • CB-9124 Makes network-related errors' messages more descriptive.
  • CB-9067 fixed plugman config set registry and adduser
  • CB-8993 Plugin restore ignores search path. This closes #224
  • CB-9108 Handle version ranges when add platform with --usegit.
  • CB-8898 Makes error message descriptive when requirements is called outside of cordova project.
  • CB-8007 Two cordova plugins modifying *-Info.plist CFBundleURLTypes
  • CB-9065 Allow removing plugins by short name.
  • CB-9001 Set WMAppManifest.xml Author, Description and Publisher attributes based on config.xml
  • CB-9073 Allow to add platform if project path contains & symbol


  • CB-9114: Deprecation Warning for --usegit flag.
  • CB-9171 Support Plugin Variables with =
  • CB-5578 Adds clean command to cordova-cli.
  • CB-8993 Plugin restore ignores search path. This closes #213
  • CB-9121 Add support for build configuration to be specified using the CLI
  • CB-8898 Adds missing section about requirements to general cordova help


  • CB-9429 Removes tests from resultant bundle
  • CB-9436 Removes require-tr bundle transformation
  • CB-9429 Enables jsdom/browser tests for browserify.
  • Fix webOS SmartTV/wearable detection
  • Add webOS as a platform to build from/for.
  • Fixed issues with data transforms when using browserify
  • CB-9370 Fixes failing tests on Node 0.12 due to stale dependency
  • CB-9291 Removes the requirement for specific NodeJS version
  • Added common 'activated' channel
  • CB-9156 added support for absolute platform paths
  • CB-9156 platform version grabbing supports custom paths
  • CB-9156 added ability to pass in custom path via command line for platforms
  • CB-8468 - Application freezes if breakpoint hits JavaScript callback invoked from native


Pinned Platform Versions for Cordova CLI 5.1.1

  • Cordova Amazon-FireOS: ~3.6.3
  • Cordova Android: ~4.1.0 (4.1.1)
  • Cordova BlackBerry10: ~3.7.0
  • Cordova Browser: ~3.6.0
  • Cordova FirefoxOS: ~3.6.3
  • Cordova iOS: ~3.9.0 (3.9.1)
  • Cordova Ubuntu: ~4.0.0
  • Cordova Windows: ~4.0.0
  • Cordova WP8: ~3.8.1