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Vue CLI 3.x plugin for Apache Cordova.

Integrate Cordova into Vue Cli App

How To

Create Vue App

$ npm install -g @vue/cli
$ vue create my-app
cd my-app
$ npm install -g cordova # If cordova is not already installed  

Add the plugin to your vue app.

$ vue add cordova



$ npm run cordova-prepare # prepare for build (you can run this command, when you checkouted your project from GIT, it's like npm install) 


$ npm run cordova-serve-android # Development Android 
$ npm run cordova-build-android # Build Android 
$ npm run cordova-build-only-www-android # Build only files to src-cordova 


$ npm run cordova-serve-ios # Development IOS 
$ npm run cordova-build-ios # Build IOS 
$ npm run cordova-build-only-www-ios # Build only files to src-cordova 


$ npm run cordova-serve-osx # Development OSX 
$ npm run cordova-build-osx # Build OSX 
$ npm run cordova-build-only-www-osx # Build only files to src-cordova 


$ npm run cordova-serve-browser # Development Browser 
$ npm run cordova-build-browser # Build Browser 
$ npm run cordova-build-only-www-browser # Build only files to src-cordova 


$ npm run cordova-serve-electron # Development Electron 
$ npm run cordova-build-electron # Build Electron 
$ npm run cordova-build-only-www-electron # Build only files to src-cordova 


  • Path rewriting etc does not work under Cordova, that's why it's important to use router 'hash' mode, if you run or build for Cordova. history mode does not work! The plugin already tries to fix this automatically...

  • Assets and Scripts in vue's public folder need to have a dynamic path, because depending on dev or production build, you have different bases. In dev it's normally '/' and in production it's 'file:///android_asset/www/'. In other words, if you have i.e. an image under 'public/images/me.jpg', the relative url would be img='images/me.jpg'

  • You need some experience with Cordova, to solve many issues, like having the right Java JDK, Android SDK, XTools, Signing an App, Publishing an App etc. If you encounter issues related to Cordova etc, please don't post them this issue tracker.

  • If you are upgrading from an older release, please add <hook type="after_prepare" src="../node_modules/vue-cli-plugin-cordova/serve-config-hook.js" /> to your config.xml

  • The devserver will run under https from now on, so make sure your rest & api endpoints are available under https, and have a correct CORS setup

What is the plugin doing ?

During installation

During installation, the plugin is setting some important variables, modifying the router mode and executing some cordova commands.

  • Setting baseUrl in vue.config.js to '' because in cordova production, files are served from file://android_asset/www/
  • Setting cordovaPath in vue.config.js
  • Checking if router is available and modify router mode to 'hash' if process.env.CORDOVA_PLATFORM is set
  • Adding ignore paths for cordova in .gitignore
  • Executing 'cordova create cordovaPath id appName' (cordovaPath, id and appName will be prompted)
  • Adding cordova before_prepare hook in config.xml
  • Executing 'cordova platform add platform' (platform will be prompted)

In development mode

In development mode (npm run cordova-serve-*), the plugin is starting the dev server, and creating an app with a webview, showing your dev server page.

It is doing this by:

  • Adding cordova.js to your index.html
  • Defining process.env.CORDOVA_PLATFORM to android, ios, osx, browser or electron
  • Starting the Dev Server
  • Executing 'cordova clean'
  • Executing 'cordova run platform'
  • Pointing the cordova config.xml to Dev Server in hook

In Production mode

In production mode (npm run cordova-build-*), the plugin is building the app, with all it's assets and files etc locally in the package. The webview is showing file:///android_asset/www/index.html

It is doing this by:

  • Adding cordova.js to your index.html
  • Defining process.env.CORDOVA_PLATFORM to android, ios, osx, browser or electron
  • Building the app, output to /src-cordova/www
  • Executing 'cordova clean'
  • Executing 'cordova build platform --release'

Please note

  • For a production build, you need to manually sign the app, in order to be able to install it on your device, or publish it in the app store.
  • You need to handle cordova's "deviceready" etc in your app
  • Cordova Plugins can be added under /src-cordova by executing 'cordova plugin add PLUGIN'
  • If you want to debug your build app, using chrome devtools, build your app with 'cordova build platform --debug' and make sure /src-cordova/www has your latest build by running cordova-build-only-www-platform




Credits go to

Because my approach for this plugin, was inspired by theirs!



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