PhoneGap CLI and Templates

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A few days ago the PhoneGap team announced an update to the CLI: PhoneGap CLI 5.0.0 Released!. To be honest, I don't typically make use of the PhoneGap CLI as I mostly use either Cordova or Ionic. However, I missed an earlier update that I think is pretty cool (and it is one I was able to help out with) - template support.

When creating a PhoneGap project, you can request a template to be used instead of the default PhoneGap project. You've been able to copy from a directory for a while now (using --copy-from or --link-to), but this new feature lets you specify from a set of templates that might be useful for seeding a new project.

To see what templates exist, you execute: phonegap template list (you can also replace template with recipe):


There are only four templates so far, but more will be coming in the future. I've said before that I'm not a fan of the default template used by both Cordova and PhoneGap, so I'm happy to see blank as an option. The jQuery Mobile template is one I built. To use a template, you simply use --template name when creating your application.


My template includes the latest jQuery Mobile assets, and includes JavaScript code that will fire a method when both jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap is ready to run. If you're curious, you can see the repo here:

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Michael posted on 5/1/2015 at 11:45 PM

So now we can't use a hyphen in our cordova file name? I get App id contains a reserved word, or is not a valid identifier.

cordova create SBCERAApp org.sbcera.sbcera-application-ios SBCERA
App id contains a reserved word, or is not a valid identifier.

I have been using this file name for years and it is in all my apple profiles, push notifications, etc.

Comment 2 (In reply to #1) by Raymond Camden posted on 5/2/2015 at 1:20 PM

Best I can suggest is filing a bug report for it!

Comment 3 by Juan David Nicholls posted on 5/7/2015 at 2:49 PM

jQuery Mobile :( Better Ionic Framework...

Comment 4 (In reply to #3) by Raymond Camden posted on 5/7/2015 at 3:00 PM

I do think Ionic is better. However, jQuery Mobile isn't bad, and it is easier for folks to pick up, especially if they don't know Angular.