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Adobe PhoneGap Build

Adobe PhoneGap Build

Package mobile apps in the cloud.


What is PhoneGap Build, and how is it different from PhoneGap framework?

PhoneGap is a mobile application development framework, based upon the open source Apache Cordova project. It allows you to write an app once with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and then deploy it to a wide range of mobile devices without losing the features of a native app. PhoneGap Build is a cloud-based service built on top of the PhoneGap framework. It allows you to easily build those same mobile apps in the cloud.

Pricing & Availability

How much is PhoneGap Build, and how do I get it?

PhoneGap Build is available to free and paid Creative Cloud members.

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can build 1 private app using the service. To build up to 25 apps, a complete Creative Cloud membership or a capacity upgrade for PhoneGap Build at $9.99/month is required.

What is the PhoneGap Build level of service included in the various purchasing options?

  • Creative Cloud free membership — 1 private app, unlimited public apps
  • Creative Cloud complete membership — 25 private apps, unlimited public apps
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete membership — 25 private apps, unlimited public apps
  • PhoneGap Build capacity upgrade — 25 private apps, unlimited public apps

What is the difference between public and private apps?

Public apps have their source code hosted in a publicly accessible GitHub repository. Private apps have their source code hosted in a private (non-publicly accessible) GitHub repository or are created when a developer uploads a ZIP file containing the source code and assets to the PhoneGap Build service.

Using PhoneGap Build

How do I get started with PhoneGap Build?

Simply upload your web assets — a ZIP file of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — to the PhoneGap Build service, or point to a repository on GitHub. PhoneGap Build will undertake the compilation and packaging for you. In minutes, you’ll receive the download URLs for all supported mobile platforms.

Do I need to install anything before I use PhoneGap Build?

No, there is nothing to install to use the PhoneGap Build service.

What about developer accounts and SDKs? Do I need to set those up before starting with PhoneGap Build?

No. But you might want to install some of the SDK emulators if you don’t own a particular device that you want to test a build for.

Can I integrate PhoneGap Build with my existing tools?

Yes. There is an API available that you can use over HTTPS to build apps and access data about your existing apps.

Which mobile platforms can I build for?

PhoneGap Build supports packaging apps for Apple iOS, Google Android™, Windows® Phone, Blackberry® 5/6/7 and webOS platforms.

What do I do with my app when I get it back from PhoneGap Build? Is it ready for app store submission?

For the webOS platform, you will get back a binary that is ready for submission and distribution. For Android™, iOS, and BlackBerry®, you’ll need to provide the correct certificates and/or signing keys to allow distribution. See additional documentation for more details.


How can I leave comments or give feedback on PhoneGap Build?

Please visit the PhoneGap Build forums to provide feedback, request features, or report bugs.

Where can I get support for PhoneGap Build?

If you have questions about using PhoneGap Build, please visit the support page.

Get started with PhoneGap Build and the rest of the Edge Tools & Services with a free Creative Cloud membership.
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