PhoneGap 3.4.0 Installation on Windows 7

Wrote up this little walkthrough for installing PhoneGap 3.4.0 (and its dependencies) and getting a basic environment set up on Windows 7 for co-workers.  Maybe this will help someone else… If you have any issues, they’ll probably be beyond me, but I’ll try to help.

1. Create Dev Folder

  • c:\development
  • or wherever you want really…

2. Install Node.js


  • you’ll need this later to install the latest version of phonegap, currently 3.4.0, via npm

3. Download Apache ANT Binary to Dev Folder

4. Install Java Development Kit

5. Download Android SDK Bundle to Dev Folder


  • extract

  • go to the eclipse folder and run exe

  • run sdk updates in the sdk manager

  • setup and save an emulator (you’ll need this later)

  • reference:

6. Update Windows System Paths

  • Go to: Start > Computer (right click) > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Environment Variables

  • PATH (append to whatever is there already)

    • %JAVA_HOME%\bin;%ANT_HOME%\bin;%ANDROID_HOME%\platform-tools;%ANDROID_HOME%\tools;

  • ANT_HOME (create this)

    • C:\path\to\apache-ant-x.x.x

  • JAVA_HOME (create this)

    • C:\Program Files\Java\jdkx.x.x_x

  • ANDROID_HOME (create this)

    • C:\path\to\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-xxxxxxxx\sdk

  • replace x’s with whatever version your downloaded
  • replace path\to with your path

7. Install PhoneGap

  • Open node.js command prompt

  • npm install -g phonegap

8. Create HelloWorld App

  • still in the node.js command prompt? navigate to your dev folder, or wherever you want to store your apps, for example: c:\development\apps
  • phonegap create my-app
  • cd my-app
  • phonegap run android
    • this should open on your android if it’s connected via usb, or it will open in the emulator you set up in Eclipse

  • reference:

9. Profit!

  • 🙂