Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

Build apps for iOS, Android, and Windows using web technologies.

  • Easy setup and installation
  • Develop faster with nearly 100% shared code
  • Debug on any device or emulator
  • Use the JavaScript framework you love
  • Add offline support for your apps
  • Publish to any App Store

The code you know

Build mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JS

If you know how to build web apps, you’ll quickly feel at-home building mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows using Apache Cordova. Most developers achieve nearly 100% code re-use by leveraging Cordova’s shared JavaScript API to access native device capabilities like the camera, calendar and contacts.

Plus, because hybrid apps make use of native webviews, you can take your favorite JavaScript framework with you – frameworks like Angular, React and Ionic.

Use the Code You Know 

Single install

Everything you need to get started

Our easy-to-use installer performs all the heavy lifting needed to have your computer up and running with the necessary SDKs, tools, libraries, and more for building cross-platform apps.

Single install 

Create code

Code editing made quick and painless

As applications become more complex, you need more than just a text editor. You need a code editor optimized for refactoring, auto-completion and code comprehension. Visual Studio provides all that and more, including:

  • Syntax highlighting to help you visually identify errors
  • IntelliSense to help you better understand and code against new APIs
  • Code peek for in-line reference review

Learn more about editing in Visual Studio.

Create code 

Preview and test

Ensure your app looks and works exactly as you intended

Whether you’re targeting iOS, Android or Windows, Visual Studio provides preview support for a wide variety of emulators and tethered devices. You can even deploy and debug emulators hosted on a remote or virtual machine (e.g. Parallels).

For developers working in an exclusively Windows-based work environment, Visual Studio offers the ability to build for Mac OS remotely via services like MacInCloud.

Preview and test 

Debug and analyze

More time coding, less time finding bugs

Anywhere your code runs, Visual Studio can debug it – whether your code is running on an iOS, Android or Windows device, an emulator or simulator, or a browser-based debug target like Ripple. There's no need to switch tools when you build for a different platform. Visual Studio connects to almost any deploy target.

Visual Studio’s debugger lets you step through code with breakpoints and automatic exception notifications that expose the run-time state of objects and variables. Advanced features like edit-and-continue, conditional breakpoints, tracepoints and hit counts provide the kind of deep analysis you need to make coding enjoyable and not a merciless game of “find the bug.”

Learn more about debugging in Visual Studio.

Debug and analyze 

Web apps evolved

Access native device capabilities

Powered by Apache Cordova, your apps written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can easily access native device APIs not yet available to browsers (e.g. camera, calendar, contacts, barcode scanner, and more!).

Best of all, you can access native device capabilities through a common JavaScript API so you get maximum code re-use throughout your application.

Access native device capabilities 

Connected to data

Deliver a more personalized app experience

Visual Studio and Azure provide the tools and services necessary to deliver a personalized experience across all your devices – phones, tablets, desktops, TVs and “things” running iOS, Android and Windows.

With just a few lines of code, you can:

  • Use push notifications to connect with specific users or entire audiences
  • Enable real-time messaging to spark conversation and sharing among your users
  • Support offline capabilities for those times when a network connection isn’t available
  • Manage Exchange data using Office 365 Service APIs to share and edit calendars, contacts, files and more
  • Most importantly, you have the backing of Azure to scale to millions of devices on-demand.

Build Connected Apps 

Committed to open source

Helping you navigate open source tools, frameworks, and platforms

Did you know that we are committers to Apache Cordova? That we develop and maintain dozens of cross-platform plugins? That we're collaborating with Google to deliver Angular JS 2.0? This is good news for you. If you run into any issues while building your Apache Cordova app, we have the technical depth and breadth to help you navigate the complexity of open source software. We can share workarounds, provide bug fixes, and lend insight into the roadmap of many open-source projects used for cross-platform and mobile web applications.

You can find the product team on StackOverflow, MSDN Forums or Twitter.

Committed to open source 

Get Visual Studio Community 2015

  • Fully-featured integrated development environment
  • Ecosystem with thousands of extensions
  • Windows, iOS, and Android app development*
  • Web and cloud development
  • Multi-language support includes C#, C++, JavaScript, Python and more
  • FREE for individual developers
  • FREE for open source projects, academic research, education and small professional teams

*Free Microsoft extensions available for download for iOS and Android development

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