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    A template for leveraging the power of Cordova and React.

    Integrating React with Cordova from scratch can be a tedious process and most tutorials do not provide and efficient development process.

    This template offers the tools required for an easy and effective development.


    • Webpack
    • Cordova Plugins in Development mode
    • Ionic Web View for Cordova
    • Developing on multiple platforms at the same time


    • Cordova@9.0.0
    • React@16.8.6
    • cordova-plugin-ionic-webview@4.0.1
    • cordova-plugin-qrscanner@2.6.0

    Getting Started

    Start by creating a cordova project with template

    cordova create MyReactApp --template cordova-react

    this will create a new cordova project with cordova-react template.

    Go to to your project directory and run

    npm install

    to install all dependencies.

    Now you can modify public and src directories similar to a create-react-app project.


    To support the Hot Module Reload of Webpack as well as Cordova platforms, two clients have been developed Development Console and Development App

    Two flags can be used with cordova run {platform} to support running in development mode.

    Flag Description
    devmode Run the cordova react in development mode
    devserver (optional) Run the development server


        cordova run android --devmode --devserver

    The above example will run the android app using the development mode and will start the development server.

    Alternatively to the devserver flag, running

    npm start

    will also start the development server. The main difference between the two methods is their lifespan. The devserver flag will terminate when the cordova run is terminated while the other one will keep running until manually terminated.

    When the development server runs, it will open the Development Console in the browser. The Development Console is a support tool that will provide a terminal to monitor the wepback process. The Development Console also generates QR code and links to access the React application using via browser or mobile platforms. The links available are: Local, Network and Tunnel

    The cordova web resources will be served by the webpack development server and all its features will be support, i.e. Hot Module Reload.


    Make sure to add the browser platform first

    cordova platform add browser

    then run

    npm start


    cordova run browser --devmode --devserver

    and wait for the Development Console to show up. When the webpack development server is ready, the appropriate links will show up. Click on open to open the browser platform in a new tab.

    Note: if you are trying to use the link on a different device, append ?platform=browser to the end of the link.

    Mobile (Android/iOS)

    Make sure to install the platform,

    cordova platform add android

    then run

    cordova run android --devmode --devserver

    this will generate the Development App and starts the Development Console

    The Development App uses a QR code plugin to scan the QR code form the Development Console

    This process allows decoupling the cordova native plugin from the web content, meaning as long as no changes were done to the plugin you no longer need to rebuild the platform, simply run npm start and scan the QR code


    To generate a production build, simply run the default cordova commands, e.g. cordova build android or cordova run browser, the template will take care of running webpack build and handling all the logistics.


    QRcode not generated in Console

    Local and Network addresses are collected from the output of the webpack process, if the compilation of the app files the first time webpack starts, it will not output the addresses and consequently the Tunnel address is not generated.

    Solve any issue preventing the compilation from succeding and restart the development server.


    npm i cordova-react

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