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How To Install Apache Cordova on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Apache Cordova on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Cordova on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Cordova is an open-source development framework for mobile devices that helps developers to use HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to build new mobile applications (iOS or Android). The platform includes a set of pre-built plugins to provide access to the camera, GPS, filesystem, and other components of the device.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Apache Cordova on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Apache Cordova on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install python-software-properties

Step 2. Installing Node.js.

Apache Cordova required versions of both NodeJS and NPM. To install simply do:

curl -fsSL https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_current.x | sudo bash -

Then, install Node.js using the following command:

sudo apt install nodejs

To check the version of Node.js installed, execute the command below:

nodejs -v

Next, run the command below to install the Node.js package manager:

sudo apt install npm

Step 2. Installing Apache Cordova on Ubuntu 20.04

By default, Apache Cordova is not available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install Cordova using the npm:

sudo npm install -g cordova

Check the version of Apache Cordova has been installed:

cordova --version


? May Cordova anonymously report usage statistics to improve the tool over time? Yes

Thanks for opting into telemetry to help us improve cordova.


Step 3. Creating Application With Cordova.

Once successfully installed, simply to start developing an application, you can follow the steps below:

cordova create myapp
cd myapp
cordova platform add android


Using cordova-fetch for cordova-android@~10.1.0
Adding android project...
Creating Cordova project for the Android platform:
	Path: platforms/android
	Package: io.cordova.hellocordova
	Name: HelloCordova
	Activity: MainActivity
	Android target: android-27
Subproject Path: CordovaLib
Subproject Path: app
Android project created with cordova-android@10.1.0
Android Studio project detected
Android Studio project detected
Discovered plugin "cordova-plugin-whitelist" in config.xml. Adding it to the project
Installing "cordova-plugin-whitelist" for android

               This plugin is only applicable for versions of cordova-android greater than 4.0. If you have a previous platform version, you do *not* need this plugin since the whitelist will be built in.
Adding cordova-plugin-whitelist to package.json
Saved plugin info for "cordova-plugin-whitelist" to config.xml
--save flag or autosave detected
Saving android@~10.1.0 into config.xml file ...

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache Cordova. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Apache Cordova on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Apache website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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