Apache Cordova Plugin splashscreen

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

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This plugin is required to work with splash screens. This plugin displays and hides a splash screen during application launch.

Report issues with this plugin on the Apache Cordova issue tracker.


// 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

  • Amazon Fire OS
  • Android
  • BlackBerry 10
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone 7 and 8
  • Windows (cordova-windows version >= 4.4.0 is required)
  • Browser

Note: Extended splashscreen does not require the plugin on Windows (as opposed to Android and iOS) in case you don't use the plugin API, i.e. programmatic hide/show.

Example Configuration

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

Please notice that 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 whatever you like. The internal name in the app is determined by Cordova.

Directory structure:

<platform name="android">
    <!-- you can use any density that exists in the Android project -->
    <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-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"/>

<platform name="ios">
    <!-- images are determined by width and height. The following are supported -->
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default~iphone.png" width="320" height="480"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default@2x~iphone.png" width="640" height="960"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-Portrait~ipad.png" width="768" height="1024"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-Portrait@2x~ipad.png" width="1536" height="2048"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-Landscape~ipad.png" width="1024" height="768"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-Landscape@2x~ipad.png" width="2048" height="1536"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-568h@2x~iphone.png" width="640" height="1136"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-667h.png" width="750" height="1334"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-736h.png" width="1242" height="2208"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/ios/Default-Landscape-736h.png" width="2208" height="1242"/>

<platform name="windows">
    <!-- images are determined by width and height. The following are supported -->
    <splash src="res/screen/windows/splashscreen.png" width="620" height="300"/>
    <splash src="res/screen/windows/splashscreenphone.png" width="1152" height="1920"/>

<platform name="blackberry10">
    <!-- Add a rim:splash element for each resolution and locale you wish -->
    <!-- http://developer.blackberry.com/html5/documentation/rim_splash_element.html -->
    <rim:splash src="res/screen/blackberry/splashscreen.png"/>

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



  • AutoHideSplashScreen (boolean, default to true). Indicates whether to hide splash screen automatically or not. Splash screen hidden after 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" />

Note also that this value used to be seconds, and not milliseconds, so values less than 30 will still 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"/>

iOS Quirk: to disable the splashscreen on ios platform you should also add <preference name="FadeSplashScreenDuration" value="0"/> to config.xml.

  • 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 delay will still be 3 seconds.

Note: This only applies to the app startup - you need to take the fading timeout into account when manually showing/hiding the splashscreen in the code:

window.setTimeout(function () {
}, splashDuration - fadeDuration);
  • ShowSplashScreenSpinner (boolean, defaults to true): Set to false to hide the splash-screen spinner.
    <preference name="ShowSplashScreenSpinner" value="false"/>

Android Quirks

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

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

“SplashMaintainAspectRatio” preference is optional. If set to true, splash screen drawable is not stretched to fit 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 plugin reloads splash drawable whenever orientation changes, so you can specify different drawables for portrait and landscape orientations.

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

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="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" -->

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.

iOS Quirks

  • In iOS, the splashscreen images are called launch images. These images are mandatory on iOS.

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"/>


  • splashscreen.show
  • splashscreen.hide


Dismiss the splash screen.


BlackBerry 10, WP8, iOS Quirk

The config.xml file's AutoHideSplashScreen setting must be false. To delay hiding the splash screen for two seconds, add a timer such as the following in the deviceready event handler:

setTimeout(function() {
}, 2000);


Displays the splash screen.


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