Installing & starting with PhoneGap on Windows for cross platform mobile development

Chris Bitting

Build-BotPhoneGap is a great framework for creating cross platform apps (Android, iOS, BB, WM, etc.) using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and uses Apache Cordova™. Installing and testing on Windows takes little setup, below I’ve tried to cover all of the steps needed to get going. My setup / guide below uses Windows 7, 64 bit, it seems like many steps, but in reality is pretty easy.

  1. Install node.js from (use default settings).
  2. Open a command prompt (cmd) and run:
    1. npm install -g phonegap
    2. npm install -g ant
    3. npm install –g cordova
    4. Now add ‘C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\ant\ant\bin’ to the Path system variable
    5. Download and extract the Android SDK from
      1. I extracted to c:\mobile\androidsdk (referenced below as <yoursdkpath>)
      2. Add <yoursdkpath> + \sdk\platform-tools to the Path system variable
      3. Add <yoursdkpath> + \sdk\tools to the Path system variable
      4. Now to setup an Android image to emulate and test with:
        1. In the sdk folder, run

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