Apache Cordova Plugin splashscreen

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title: Splashscreen description: Control the splash screen for your app.

cordova-plugin-splashscreen

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This plugin displays and hides a splash screen while your web application is launching. Using its methods you can also show and hide the splash screen manually.

Installation

// npm hosted (new) id
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-splashscreen

// you may also install directly from this repo
cordova plugin add https://github.com/apache/cordova-plugin-splashscreen.git

Supported Platforms

  • Android Note: Android implementation has been moved to the core framework. If using cordova-android@10.x or earlier, use cordova-plugin-splashscreen@6.x If using cordova-android@11.x or later and exclusively developing for Android, this plugin can be uninstalled.
  • Windows (cordova-windows version >= 4.4.0 is required)
    Note: Extended splashscreen does not require the plugin on Windows (as opposed to Android) in case you don't use the plugin API, i.e. programmatic hide/show.
  • Browser

Platform Splash Screen Image Configuration

Example Configuration

In the top-level config.xml file (not the one in platforms), add configuration elements like those specified here.

The value of the “src” attribute is relative to the project root directory and NOT to the www directory (see Directory structure below). You can name the source image file whatever you like. The internal name in the application is automatically determined by Cordova.

Directory structure:

projectRoot
    hooks
    platforms
    plugins
    www
        css
        img
        js
    res
        screen
            android
            windows
<platform name="android">
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-hdpi.png" density="land-hdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-ldpi.png" density="land-ldpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-mdpi.png" density="land-mdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-xhdpi.png" density="land-xhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-xxhdpi.png" density="land-xxhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-xxxhdpi.png" density="land-xxxhdpi" />

    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-hdpi.png" density="port-hdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-ldpi.png" density="port-ldpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-mdpi.png" density="port-mdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xhdpi.png" density="port-xhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xxhdpi.png" density="port-xxhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xxxhdpi.png" density="port-xxxhdpi" /> 
</platform>

<!-- Configuration using MRT concept (Recommended, see "Windows-specific information" section for details): -->
<platform name="windows">
    <splash src="res/screen/windows/splashscreen.png" target="SplashScreen"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/windows/splashscreenphone.png" target="SplashScreenPhone"/>
</platform>

<!-- Configuration using image size: -->
<!--<platform name="windows">
    <splash src="res/screen/windows/splashscreen.png" width="620" height="300"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/windows/splashscreenphone.png" width="1152" height="1920"/>
</platform>-->

<preference name="SplashScreenDelay" value="10000" />

Android-specific Information

To effectively create your Android SplashScreen assets, it is important to understand the idiom and sizes used for the assets.

Android defined its assets by the image's layout and density.

Image Layout

  • land short for landscape mode
  • port short for portrait mode

density

The image's density refers to the number of pixels per square inch. Android, interchangeably refers to this as DPI.

Not all devices have the same pixel size so it is important to create images for all DPI to ensure that the quality of the image for each device is great.

If not all DPI images are considered, some devices might not show a SplashScreen or will use an incorrect DPI image that can result in a blurry scaled image.

Image Sizing Table

sizeportraitlandscape
ldpi200x320320x200
mdpi320x480480x320
hdpi480x800800x480
xhdpi720x12801280x720
xxhdpi960x16001600x960
xxxhdpi1280x19201920x1280

Dark Mode (API 28+)

You can optionally provide an extra SplashScreen image to be used in dark/night mode when enabled on supported devices. To do this, add the -night keyword in between the layout and size keywords of the image's density attribute value. E.g.: land-night-hdpi

For more examples, please see the Example Configuration section.

Example Android Configuration

<platform name="android">
    <!-- Default 
    Note: You should specify default resources for each density.
      -- For instance, if the device(hdpi) is in landscape orientation and [density="land-hdpi"] 
      -- does not exists, [density="hdpi"] will be selected 
      If you do not declare this you will get MissingDefaultResource lint check errors.
      -->
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-hdpi.png" density="hdpi"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-ldpi.png" density="ldpi"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-mdpi.png" density="mdpi"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xhdpi.png" density="xhdpi"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xxhdpi.png" density="xxhdpi"/>

    <!-- Landscape -->
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-hdpi.png" density="land-hdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-ldpi.png" density="land-ldpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-mdpi.png" density="land-mdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-xhdpi.png" density="land-xhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-xxhdpi.png" density="land-xxhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-xxxhdpi.png" density="land-xxxhdpi" />

    <!-- Portrait -->
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-hdpi.png" density="port-hdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-ldpi.png" density="port-ldpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-mdpi.png" density="port-mdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xhdpi.png" density="port-xhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xxhdpi.png" density="port-xxhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-xxxhdpi.png" density="port-xxxhdpi" />
  
    <!-- Dark Mode -->
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-night-hdpi.png" density="land-night-hdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-night-ldpi.png" density="land-night-ldpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-night-mdpi.png" density="land-night-mdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-night-xhdpi.png" density="land-night-xhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-night-xxhdpi.png" density="land-night-xxhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-land-night-xxxhdpi.png" density="land-night-xxxhdpi" />

    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-night-hdpi.png" density="port-night-hdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-night-ldpi.png" density="port-night-ldpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-night-mdpi.png" density="port-night-mdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-night-xhdpi.png" density="port-night-xhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-night-xxhdpi.png" density="port-night-xxhdpi" />
    <splash src="res/screen/android/splash-port-night-xxxhdpi.png" density="port-night-xxxhdpi" />
</platform>

Windows-specific Information

Splash screen images can be defined using the MRT concept.
If you specify src="res/windows/splashscreen.png" the following files will be copied into the application's images folder:
res/windows/splashscreen.png | res/windows/splashscreen.scale-100.png, res/windows/splashscreen.scale-125.png, etc.

The following are supported:

Scale, %ProjectWidthHeightFilename
100Windows 10/8.1620300splashscreen.png | splashscreen.scale-100.png
125Windows 10775375splashscreen.scale-125.png
150Windows 10930450splashscreen.scale-150.png
200Windows 101240600splashscreen.scale-200.png
400Windows 1024801200splashscreen.scale-400.png
140Windows 8.1868420splashscreen.scale-140.png
180Windows 8.11116540splashscreen.scale-180.png
100Windows Phone 8.1480800splashscreenphone.png | splashscreenphone.scale-100.png
140Windows Phone 8.16721120splashscreenphone.scale-140.png
240Windows Phone 8.111521920splashscreenphone.scale-240.png

Note: SplashScreens size for Windows 10 project should not exceed 200 KBytes.
Note: Supported formats are .png, .jpg, .jpeg. Mixing of the extensions within a target is not supported. I.e. you can have splashscreen.jpg and splashscreenphone.png but not splashscreen.scale-100.png, splashscreen.scale-400.jpg.
Note: You may need to reopen Visual Studio solution after changing the images and doing a cordova prepare for the changes to take effect.

Preferences

config.xml

  • AutoHideSplashScreen (boolean, default to true). Indicates whether to hide splash screen automatically or not. The splash screen is hidden after the amount of time specified in the SplashScreenDelay preference.

    <preference name="AutoHideSplashScreen" value="true" />
    
  • SplashScreenDelay (number, default to 3000). Amount of time in milliseconds to wait before automatically hide splash screen.

    <preference name="SplashScreenDelay" value="3000" />
    

    This value used to be in seconds (but is now milliseconds) so values less than 30 will continue to be treated as seconds. (Consider this a deprecated patch that will disapear in some future version.)

    To disable the splashscreen add the following preference to config.xml:

    <preference name="SplashScreenDelay" value="0"/>
    

    Windows Quirk: You should disable the splashscreen in case you are updating the entire document body dynamically (f.e. with a SPA router) to avoid affecting UI/controls.
    Note that you should also directly reference WinJS/base.js in the page HTML in this case to avoid the issues with activation context (CB-11658).

  • FadeSplashScreen (boolean, defaults to true): Set to false to prevent the splash screen from fading in and out when its display state changes.

    <preference name="FadeSplashScreen" value="false"/>
    
  • FadeSplashScreenDuration (float, defaults to 500): Specifies the number of milliseconds for the splash screen fade effect to execute.

    <preference name="FadeSplashScreenDuration" value="750"/>
    

    Note: FadeSplashScreenDuration is included into SplashScreenDelay, for example if you have <preference name="SplashScreenDelay" value="3000" /> and <preference name="FadeSplashScreenDuration" value="1000"/> defined in config.xml:

    • 00:00 - splashscreen is shown
    • 00:02 - fading has started
    • 00:03 - splashscreen is hidden

    Turning the fading off via <preference name="FadeSplashScreen" value="false"/> technically means fading duration to be 0 so that in this example the overall splash screen delay will still be 3 seconds.

    Note: This only applies to the application startup - you need to take the fading timeout into account when manually showing/hiding the splash screen in your application's code:

    navigator.splashscreen.show();
    window.setTimeout(function () {
        navigator.splashscreen.hide();
    }, splashDuration - fadeDuration);
    
  • ShowSplashScreenSpinner (boolean, defaults to true): Set to false to hide the splash screen spinner.

    <preference name="ShowSplashScreenSpinner" value="false"/>
    

    Note: Does not work on Browser or Windows platforms.

Quirks

Android Quirks

In your config.xml, you can add the following preferences:

<preference name="SplashMaintainAspectRatio" value="true|false" />
<preference name="SplashShowOnlyFirstTime" value="true|false" />
<preference name="SplashScreenSpinnerColor" value="white" />

SplashMaintainAspectRatio preference is optional. If set to true, the splash screen drawable is not stretched to fit the full screen, but instead simply “covers” the screen, like CSS “background-size:cover”. This is very useful when splash screen images cannot be distorted in any way, for example when they contain scenery or text. This setting works best with images that have large margins (safe areas) that can be safely cropped on screens with different aspect ratios.

The splash screen plugin reloads the splash screen whenever the orientation changes so that you can specify different splash screen images for portrait and landscape orientations.

SplashShowOnlyFirstTime preference is optional and defaults to true. When set to true the splash screen will only appear on application launch. However, if you plan to use navigator.app.exitApp() to close the application and force the splash screen appear on the application's next launch, you should set this property to false (this also applies to closing the application with the Back button).

SplashScreenSpinnerColor preference is also optional and is ignored when not set. Setting it to a valid color name or HEX color code will change the color of the spinner on Android 5.0+ devices.

Browser Quirks

You can use the following preferences in your config.xml:

<platform name="browser">
    <preference name="SplashScreen" value="/images/browser/splashscreen.jpg" /> <!-- defaults to "/img/logo.png" -->
    <preference name="AutoHideSplashScreen" value="true" /> <!-- defaults to "true" -->
    <preference name="SplashScreenDelay" value="3000" /> <!-- defaults to "3000" -->
    <preference name="SplashScreenBackgroundColor" value="green" /> <!-- defaults to "#464646" -->
    <preference name="ShowSplashScreen" value="false" /> <!-- defaults to "true" -->
    <preference name="SplashScreenWidth" value="600" /> <!-- defaults to "170" -->
    <preference name="SplashScreenHeight" value="300" /> <!-- defaults to "200" -->
</platform>

Note: SplashScreen value should be absolute in order to work in a sub-page. The SplashScreen value is used only for the browser platform. The value will be ignored for other platforms.

Windows Quirks

  • SplashScreenSpinnerColor (string, defaults to system accent color): hash, rgb notation or CSS color name.

    <preference name="SplashScreenSpinnerColor" value="#242424"/>
    <preference name="SplashScreenSpinnerColor" value="DarkRed"/>
    <preference name="SplashScreenSpinnerColor" value="rgb(50,128,128)"/>
    
  • SplashScreenBackgroundColor (string, defaults to #464646): hex notation.

    <preference name="SplashScreenBackgroundColor" value="0xFFFFFFFF"/>
    

Methods

  • splashscreen.show
  • splashscreen.hide

splashscreen.hide

Dismiss the splash screen.

navigator.splashscreen.hide();

splashscreen.show

Displays the splash screen.

navigator.splashscreen.show();

Your application cannot call navigator.splashscreen.show() until the application has started and the deviceready event has fired. But since typically the splash screen is meant to be visible before your application has started, that would seem to defeat the purpose of the splash screen. Providing any parameters in config.xml will automatically show the splash screen immediately after your application is launched and before it has fully started and received the deviceready event. For this reason, it is unlikely you will need to call navigator.splashscreen.show() to make the splash screen visible for application startup.