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Apache Cordova for Windows Phone 8 ( and Windows Phone 7.1)

The Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 Cordova codebases are being merged to reduce redundancy. This repo includes code to build Apache Cordova applications that target either Windows Phone SDK.

An Apache Cordova based applications is, at the core, an application written with web technology: HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Apache Cordova is a project at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF).


  • Windows Phone SDK 7.1 -- to target Windows Phone 7 devices. (WP7 apps will also run on WP8 devices, in compatibility mode)

  • Windows Phone SDK 8 -- to target Windows Phone 8 devices -- Windows Phone 8 development requires Windows 8 Professional, and Visual Studio 2012 ( express works )

Getting Started

There are 2 ways to go about creating a new Apache Cordova WP7 or WP8 application.

Run the batch file to create and install the templates.

  • The root of the repo contains a file createTemplates.bat. Double clicking this file will generate 2 .zip files. (CordovaWP7_x_x_x.zip + CordovaWP8_x_x_x.zip where x.x.x is the current version number) To easily use these files in Visual Studio, copy them to "My Documents\Visual Studio 2012\Templates\ProjectTemplates" You will then be able to create new Apache Cordova Windows Phone apps from the Visual Studio File->New Project menu.
  • If you run the batch file from the command line, you can also call with a parameter to install automatically

Run the script :

>createTemplates.bat -install

Use the create scripts on the command line

Gettings Started from command line

>.\wp7\bin\create PathToNewProject [ PackageName ] [ AppName ]
>.\wp8\bin\create PathToNewProject [ PackageName ] [ AppName ]

>PathToNewProject : The path to where you wish to create the project
>PackageName      : The namespace for the project (default is Cordova.Example)
>AppName          : The name of the application (default is CordovaWP8AppProj or CordovaWP7AppProj)

>.\wp7\bin\create C:\Users\anonymous\Desktop\MyWP7Project
>.\wp8\bin\create C:\Users\anonymous\Desktop\MyWP8Proj io.cordova.example CordovaWP8App

Launch Visual Studio and open Solution file (.sln) in (C:\Users\anonymous\Desktop\MyWP7Project)

Built and Run it


When you add or remove files/folders in the www folder you will need to do the following :

  • ensure the new item is included in the project ( Content ) This includes ALL images/css/html/js/* and anything that you want available at runtime.
  • For WP7 Projects, do not modify the CordovaSourceDictionary.xml file which is included in the project, it is auto-generated for you when you build.

Known Problem Areas

  • Some of the Media APIs will not function as expected when debugging while connect to the device with the Zune software. To get around this, you need to use the Windows Phone Connect tool. For details, please check out this MSDN blog article.


Further Reading