Announcing Apache Cordova Retirement in App Center

Jihye E

Since App Center launched in 2017, we’ve added support for 16 platforms and frameworks. One of the first was Apache Cordova, a cross-platform framework that wraps JavaScript apps in a native container. Along with React Native, it was one of two frameworks to support CodePush and exactly what the community needed as many developers transitioned their skills from web to mobile apps. Since then, the needs of the community have changed just as Cordova’s popularity has waned. Today calls from the Cordova SDK account for less than 1% of App Center’s service.

Consequently, after a 6 month grace period, App Center will discontinue support for Apache Cordova. Support for all other platforms remains unchanged.

  • Effective immediately, App Center will no longer offer the option to create Apache Cordova apps through the portal, CLI or API.
  • Starting April 1, 2022, the App Center service will no longer accept calls from the Cordova SDK. While the services may continue to work for a short period of time afterward, we do not guarantee interaction of services or availability in the App Center portal.

If you have an Apache Cordova app and need assistance evaluating other options, our team is more than happy to assist you via our support channel. Simply open a support ticket under the drop-down menu on the right top corner of the portal.

As always, we appreciate every developer who builds, tests, distributes, and monitors their app with App Center. Today, we also want to extend a very special thanks to every developer who built an Apache Cordova app with us. We hope you had as much fun as we did. 🤖❤️📱

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  • Matt Netkow

    Cordova, we salute thee! For those looking for alternatives to App Center and CodePush, check out Ionic’s Appflow mobile CI/CD service, which handles the entire mobile app delivery process from building a native binary to publishing on the app stores and updating apps over time. You can build your Cordova-based iOS and Android apps in the cloud with our Native Builds feature, even sending them all the way to the app stores automatically. Our equivalent to CodePush is Live Updates, which let you ship live app updates, critical bug fixes, content changes, beta features, and more directly to user devices. Check our migration guide here.

  • Paweł Dąbrowski

    Hello, I have an application written in ionic cordova, will it still work if I change buildsytsem to ionic native?

  • Marcos Castro

    Hello, I would like to know if we can continue using Appcenter to distribute cordova apps? The construction is carried out outside the app center, but the distribution to internal users and to the stores is carried out by the appcenter.

    • Fabio Lapozyk

      Hi! My team need to know it too. We have some Ionic Capacitor Apps created as Cordova apps in Appcenter and we need only the distribution functionality. Will the distribution continue to work for already created apps? Thanks

    • Patricio Urbieta

      Hi, do you have any news about that? I have the same scenario too.

    • Fabio Lapozyk

      Hi! I wrote to Appcenter support and they confirmed that distribution will continue to work for already created Cordova Apps. Hope this helps

  • Max Lynch

    For teams looking for an alternative: Ionic’s Appflow service has full live update (remote code update) and native build support for Cordova and the modern Capacitor https://ionic.io/appflow

  • Bruno Guerreiro

    I’m shocked at how disrespectfully Microsoft acted in announcing the discontinuation of Cordova support.
    Firstly, not giving notice in advance of closing new applications, and also because of the short deadline for shutdown.
    Especially in relation to CodePush, it took it out of the community only to discontinue it.

  • Dylan van der Merwe

    This is NOT good news and overall my entire company is pretty shocked at this announcement. We depend on Codepush for our Cordova apps.

    There is not a viable alternative now which is causing us lots of stress. Appflow, no matter what the Ionic team says, is NOT an alternative @ $499 per month.

    • Wesley Riley

      I agree with this. The timing of Ionics mailer for AppFlow price increase to $499 is impeccable. I was considering migrating to AppCenter and CodePush from AppFlow when they announced the increase just for the soft update capabilities until I saw this post. Now I have no idea what I’m going to do…

    • George Henne

      Check out VoltBuilder. It handles the build and upload of iOS and Android jobs. In addition, it features hosting, an API for automatic submission and uses the latest Cordova tooling. The pricing is also more reasonable.

      Also, check out VoltSigner, which is a free utility to create Android and iOS certificates securely on your local machine.

      I’m on the dev team – feel free to send me questions!

  • Charlie Law

    We only use App Center to host and distribute multiple version of our App to the test team ie. Dev, UAT, Pilot.
    The App is pushed into App Center via CLI from our build pipeline.
    The article states we can’t “create” apps.
    Will we still be able to push in our existing Apps with the CLI and have access to our historical builds