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December 12, 2013

PhoneGap Installation and running Sample Application on iOS



     iOS SDK
     Xcode command line tools
     Cordova (Zip)

Setup Environment Variables


PATH Environment Variable Update

1) Open a terminal prompt

2) Type sudo vi /etc/launchd.conf (note: this file might not yet exist)

3) Put contents like the following into the file

# Set environment variables here so they are available globally to all apps
# (and Terminal), including those launched via Spotlight.
# After editing this file run the following command from the terminal to update
# environment variables globally without needing to reboot.
# NOTE: You will still need to restart the relevant application (including
# Terminal) to pick up the changes!
# grep -E "^setenv" /etc/launchd.conf | xargs -t -L 1 launchctl
# See
# and
# Note that you must hardcode the paths below, don't use enviroment variables.
# You also need to surround multiple values in quotes, see MAVEN_OPTS example below.

# Nodejs Installed path. By default the path is your home directory->.npm directory path
setenv NODEJS_HOME $HOME/.npm

# Choose the location where you have unzipped the cordova iOS folder
setenv CORDOVA_IOS /cordova-ios

PATH Environment Variable Update

create .bash_profile file in your home folder
Enter the following content


Install phonegap

If you are behind a proxy please set the proxy to npm (Node.js) command
(For HTTP) $ npm config set proxy
(For HTTPS) $ npm config set https-proxy

Run the install command

$ sudo npm install -g phonegap
$ sudo npm install -g cordova

Note: If you face any errors
  • Remove the .npm directory from the home folder
  • Upgrade npm (sudo npm install -g npm)
  • Clear the global npm cache (sudo npm cache clear)
  • Clear the user npm cache (npm cache clear)

Create Project

Syntax: phonegap create
$ phonegap create hello com.example.hello "HelloWorld"

By default the skeleton folder structure will be created.
Note: if you didn’t get the default skeleton (www, js, css folders and other files), please copy from the sample-hello-world project of phonegap to your www project folder

$ cd hello
$ cordova platform add ios
$ phonegap build ios

Adding Plugins to your project


                       Install Git
Tip: If you are behind a proxy then please add it your configuration
Syntax: git config —global http.proxy
Ex: git config —global http.proxy

                       Add git\bin to your PATH environment variable
                       You need to download the git files from So make sure that the above specified URL is not blocked by your firewall
                       Navigate to your project directory in command prompt by changing the directory

If you have some issues download cordova zip (unzip cordova-ios zip) and copy it to your home directory-> ~/.cordova/lib/ios/cordova/3.2.0/

Install Plugin

Syntax: phonegap local plugin add
Ex:- phonegap local plugin add

Tip: If this doesn’t run then try with cordova
Syntax: cordova plugin add
Ex:- cordova plugin add

Add the Feature to config.xml (Ex: Accelerometer)

        name="ios-package" value="CDVAccelerometer" />

Remove Plugin

Syntax: phonegap local plugin remove
Ex:- phonegap local plugin remove

Tip: If this doesn’t run then try with cordova
Syntax: cordova plugin remove
Ex:- cordova plugin remove

You can install “plugman” to plug and play with plugins by following this link
Using Plugman to Manage Plugins
Note: plugman doesn’t take proxy


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