Development Environment

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    Eden Mobile is built on the Apache Cordova platform (sometimes known as Adobe PhoneGap).

    1. Cordova runs on NodeJS. If your OS distribution does not provide a NodeJS bundle, you can get one from here:
    1. Use the NodeJS package manager npm to install Cordova (9.0.0 currently):
    npm install -g cordova 

    See also:

    1. If you want to build and test EdenMobile, you also need
      • Java JDK
        • Ensure the bin is in your PATH, e.g. for Windows 10:
          • C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_341\bin
        • Ensure that JAVA_HOME environment variable is set, e.g. for Windows 10:
          • C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_341
      • an SDK for the target platform, e.g.: Android SDK
        • Configure as per
        • Ensure the SDK tools are in your PATH, e.g. for Windows 10:
          • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\local\android\sdk\build-tools\33.0.0
          • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\local\android\sdk\platform-tools
        • Ensure that ANDROID_HOME environment variable is set, e.g. for Windows 10:
          • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\local\android\sdk
    1. You can fork/clone EdenMobile from here:

    For some reason sqlite-native-driver.jar is not in the repo, so download from:

    & extract this to plugins\cordova-sqlite-storage\node_modules\cordova-sqlite-storage-dependencies\libs

    1. Run the application
    • You cannot run in the 'browser' platform as it doesn't support the local database
    • It is easier to run on a real device than the emulator (to run on emulator you need to create an avd: android avd)
    • to run on a real device, you need to enable 'Developer Options' by tapping 7 times on the 'Build Number' in the About section (
    • open Chrome's Developer Tools panel (More Tools menu) & then open Remote Devices inside that (More | Remote Devices | Inspect)
    • Screenshots available here Remote-Debugging on Android Device
    • Windows users may need to enable Powershell script execution in order to be able to run Cordova:
      Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser
    • NB You may need to manually Clear Storage on the device after install (even for brand new installs)
    • NB Do NOT 'reconnect dev-tools' when reinstalling, close window & 'inspect' again, otherwise you will have lots of browser windows left open)
      cd eden_mobile
      npm install q-io
      cp default.config.xml config.xml # or <appname>.config.xml
      cordova platform add android
      cordova plugin add cordova-sqlite-storage # Reinstall needed for some reason (even though 'cordova plugin' shows it installed)
      # Needed on some platforms anyway, on others just to clear data, when-desired:
      adb uninstall org.sahanafoundation.eden_mobile # or org.sahanafoundation.eden_mobile.<appname>
      cordova run android # Builds apk & adb install platforms\android\build\outputs\apk\android-debug.apk
    1. Accessing your developer PC's version of Sahana Eden.

    Using Chrome Tools' Port Forwarding, you can redirect e.g. localhost:8000 on the Android device to localhost:8000 on your Developer PC when connected via USB. This allows you to use that in your Sync Settings.

    1. jshint is a tool recommended to ensure Code Quality:

    npm install -g jshint

    Suggested .jshintrc attached (store in the folder just up from eden_mobile):

    1. Some developers may have problems with settings being retained even when uninstalled due to cloud backup (, in which case adjust platforms/Android/AndroidManifest.xml:
      <application android:allowBackup="false"
    1. Currently only Android 6.0 Marshmallow,or later, is supported. Configure the targeted platform in platforms/android/
      # 6.0 Marshmallow

    Cordova still supports down to 4.4 KitKat:
    However, many of our plugins require a minimum of Build.VERSION_CODES.M (i.e. Marshmallow)

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