Installing Cordova wasn't straightforward, so I wrote up what worked for me.
First install Nodejs and create a symlink because it gets installed as nodejs rather than node.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_5.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node
NPM is thankfully in the debian repos:
sudo apt-get install npm sudo apt-get install -y build-essential
Install Cordova using NPM and create your first project:
sudo npm install -g cordova cordova create MyProject cd MyProject platform add browser platform add android
cordova run browser command requires
google-chrome so I installed chromium then symlinked google-chrome to it (you can skip this step if you use Chrome):
sudo apt-get install chromium sudo ln -s /usr/bin/chromium /usr/bin/google-chrome cordova run browser
Ta-da! You can now see your project running in the browser, such as it is.
Install the Android Stand-Alone SDK tools, then set the ANDROID_HOME environment variable and add the Android tools to your PATH:
nano ~/.bash_profile export ANDROID_HOME=~/bin/android-sdk-linux export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/tools source ~/.bash_profile
While this article was helpful I was ultimately unable to make the new environment variables persist over reboots, no matter which file I added them to (.bash_profile, .profile, .pam_environment, etc).
Now try and build your new app:
If you get an error about being unable to run
java -version, you may need to install the JDK and add the JAVA_HOME environment variable:
sudo apt-get install default-jdk export JAVA_HOME=/path/to/jvm/
If you get the following error:
:CordovaLib:processDebugResources FAILED FAILURE: Build failed with an exception. * What went wrong: Execution failed for task ':CordovaLib:processDebugResources'. > A problem occurred starting process 'command '/home/windlab/bin/android-sdk-linux/build-tools/23.0.2/aapt'' * Try: Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output. BUILD FAILED Total time: 2.785 secs ERROR building one of the platforms: Error code 1 for command: /home/windlab/projects/AlarmClock/platforms/android/gradlew with args: cdvBuildDebug,-b,/home/windlab/projects/AlarmClock/platforms/android/build.gradle,-Dorg.gradle.daemon=true,-Pandroid.useDeprecatedNdk=true You may not have the required environment or OS to build this project Error: Error code 1 for command: /home/windlab/projects/AlarmClock/platforms/android/gradlew with args: cdvBuildDebug,-b,/home/windlab/projects/AlarmClock/platforms/android/build.gradle,-Dorg.gradle.daemon=true,-Pandroid.useDeprecatedNdk=true
It's because you're trying to run a 32bit file on 64bit system. Thanks Abdelraman Elkady!
sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6 sudo apt-get install lib32z1
Finally, run the following command to display your new app in the Android emulator (if you haven't created one already the error surprisingly gives useful instructions):
cordova emulate android