Getting Started with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova
In Visual Studio 2013, the Cordova tools are released as a preview (CTP) version. Cordova tools will be released as part of Visual Studio 2015 and we recommend that you now use Visual Studio 2015 RC to develop apps using Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova. You can download Visual Studio from the Microsoft Download Center.
You can build apps using the tools for these devices and platforms:
Android 2.3.3 and later (4.4 provides the best developer experience)
iOS 6, 7, and 8
Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows Phone 8 and 8.1
The default version of Cordova installed with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova in CTP3.1 is 4.3.0. You can select a different version using the configuration designer.
When you develop apps using Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova, Visual Studio provides these benefits:
Easy installation. Manual installation of Cordova involves a lot of work to find, install, and maintain the correct version of all the third-party software required to support native platforms. Visual Studio handles all that for you by including a third-party dependency installer that gets you up and running in the first hour.
Unified debugging experience. Cross-platform development often requires a different tool for debugging each device, emulator, or simulator. Different tools mean different workflows and lost productivity every time you switch devices. With Visual Studio, you can use the same world-class debugging tools for all deployment targets, including iOS devices and emulators, Android devices and emulators, Windows, and the Apache Ripple emulator.
Command line interoperability. The Visual Studio solution directly reflects the file system and is updated in real time. This means that it is easier than ever to use your favorite command line tool with Visual Studio.
Multi-Version Cordova support. The Visual Studio solution allows you to select different versions of Cordova at the project level.
Get the tools
Download the samples
The sample apps show how to create a task list using different frameworks (AngularJS, WinJS, and Backbone) that work with Cordova. The app allows users to create new tasks, check them off, and remove them. The app uses Microsoft Azure Mobile Services to store data, and also uses Bing Maps to provide valid addresses.
To download ToDoList samples for Visual Studio 2013, see the deprecated samples on github.
To download other samples for Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova that demonstrate multi-page navigation and other features, see the Ionic SideMenu Starter Template and WinJS Navigation App template samples. Visual Studio 2013 versions of these samples are here and here.
Samples and Tutorials
Using Gulp with your Cordova projects (github)
Building Cordova apps in a team / continuous integration environment (github)
Package and publish your Cordova applications (github)
Build and Simulate iOS in the Cloud
Build a Cordova app for iOS using Parallels
Run the Android Emulator on OSX when using Windows in Parallels
Cordova Sample App with O365 Discovery Service and the Files API
Cordova Sample App using O365 Outlook Services and Ionic
Convert a Cordova Project to a PhoneGap Project
Video Walkthrough: Interoperability with Third-party Tools
Video Walkthrough: Visual Studio Diagnostic Tools for Cordova