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Upgrading BlackBerry 10

This guide shows how to modify BlackBerry projects to upgrade from older versions of Cordova. Most of these instructions apply to projects created with an older set of command-line tools that precede the cordova CLI utility. See The Command-Line Interface for information how to update the version of the CLI.

Upgrading 3.6.0 Projects to 4.0.0

For non-CLI projects, run:

bin/update path/to/project

For CLI projects:

  1. Update the cordova CLI version. See The Command-Line Interface.

  2. Run cordova platform update blackberry in your existing projects.

Upgrading to 3.2.0 from 3.1.0

For projects that were created with the cordova CLI:

  1. Update the cordova CLI version. See The Command-Line Interface.

  2. Run cordova platform update blackberry

For projects not created with the cordova CLI, run:

bin/update <project_path>

Upgrade to 3.1.0 from 3.0.0

  1. Create a new Apache Cordova 3.1.0 project using the cordova CLI, as described in The Command-Line Interface.

  2. Add your platforms to the cordova project, for example: cordova platform add blackberry10.

  3. Copy the contents of the original project's www directory to the www directory at the root of the cordova project you just created.

  4. Copy or overwrite any native assets from your original project (Resources, etc.)

  5. Copy the config.xml file into the www directory, and remove any plugin definitions. You need to modify settings here rather than within the platform directory.

  6. Use the cordova CLI tool to install any plugins you need. Note that the CLI handles all core APIs as plugins, so they may need to be added. Only plugins marked 3.0.0 and above are compatible with the CLI.

  7. Build and test.

Please note that the CLI supports the BlackBerry10 platform exclusively. For PlayBook and BBOS, please see Cordova version 2.9.0 and below.

Upgrade to the CLI (3.0.0) from 2.9.0

  1. Create a new Apache Cordova 3.0.0 project using the cordova CLI, as described in The Command-Line Interface.

  2. Add your platforms to the cordova project, for example: cordova platform add blackberry10.

  3. Copy the contents of the original project's www directory to the www directory at the root of the cordova project you just created.

  4. Copy or overwrite any native assets from your original project (Resources, etc.)

  5. Copy the config.xml file into the www directory, and remove any plugin definitions. You need to modify settings here rather than within the platform directory.

  6. Use the cordova CLI tool to install any plugins you need. Note that the CLI handles all core APIs as plugins, so they may need to be added. Only 3.0.0 plugins are compatible with the CLI.

  7. Build and test.

Upgrading 2.8.0 Projects to 2.9.0

For BlackBerry 10:

  1. Download and extract the Cordova 2.9.0 source to a permanent directory location on your hard drive, for example to ~/Cordova-2.9.0.

  2. Quit any running SDK tools: Eclipse, Momentics and the like.

  3. Navigate to the directory where you put the downloaded source above, using a unix like terminal: Terminal.app, Bash, Cygwin, etc.

  4. Create a new project, as described in BlackBerry Shell Tool Guide. This becomes the home of your updated project.

  5. Copy your projects source from the old project's /www directory to the new project's /www directory.

  6. Update the Cordova script reference in the www/index.html file (and any other files that contain the script reference) to point to the new cordova.js file.

For BlackBerryOS/Playbook:

  1. Download and extract the Cordova 2.9.0 source to a permanent directory location on your hard drive, for example to ~/Cordova-2.9.0.

  2. Quit any running SDK tools: Eclipse, Momentics and the like.

  3. Navigate to the directory where you put the downloaded source above, using a unix like terminal: Terminal.app, Bash, Cygwin, etc.

  4. Create a new project, as described in BlackBerry Shell Tool Guide. You need the assets from this new project.

  5. Copy the www/cordova.js file from the new project into the www directory, and delete the www/cordova.js file.

  6. Update the Cordova script reference in the www/index.html file (and any other files that contain the script reference) to point to the new cordova.js file.

  7. Copy the native directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old native directory.

  8. Copy the lib directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old lib directory.

  9. Copy the cordova directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old cordova directory.

Upgrading 2.7.0 Projects to 2.8.0

BlackBerry 10 uses the new CLI tooling and manages core APIs as plugins. The instructions migrate your project to a new project, rather than updating an existing project, due to the complexity of updating an old project. Also note that the cordova js script file is now called 'cordova.js' and no longer contains a version string.

  1. Download and extract the Cordova 2.8.0 source to a permanent directory location on your hard drive, for example to ~/Cordova-2.8.0.

  2. Quit any running SDK tools: Eclipse, Momentics and the like.

  3. Navigate to the directory where you put the downloaded source above, using a unix like terminal: Terminal.app, Bash, Cygwin, etc.

  4. Create a new project, as described in BlackBerry Shell Tool Guide. This becomes the home of your updated project.

  5. Copy your projects source from the old project's /www directory to the new project's /www directory.

  6. Update the Cordova script reference in the www/index.html file (and any other files that contain the script reference) to point to the new cordova.js file.

For BlackBerryOS/Playbook:

  1. Download and extract the Cordova 2.8.0 source to a permanent directory location on your hard drive, for example to ~/Cordova-2.8.0.

  2. Quit any running SDK tools: Eclipse, Momentics and the like.

  3. Navigate to the directory where you put the downloaded source above, using a unix like terminal: Terminal.app, Bash, Cygwin, etc.

  4. Create a new project, as described in BlackBerry Shell Tool Guide. You need the assets from this new project.

  5. Copy the www/cordova.js file from the new project into the www directory, and delete the www/cordova.js file.

  6. Update the Cordova script reference in the www/index.html file (and any other files that contain the script reference) to point to the new cordova.js file.

  7. Copy the native directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old native directory.

  8. Copy the lib directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old lib directory.

  9. Copy the cordova directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old cordova directory.

Upgrading 2.6.0 Projects to 2.7.0

  1. Download and extract the Cordova 2.7.0 source to a permanent directory location on your hard drive, for example to ~/Cordova-2.7.0.

  2. Quit any running SDK tools: Eclipse, Momentics and the like.

  3. Navigate to the directory where you put the downloaded source above, using a unix like terminal: Terminal.app, Bash, Cygwin, etc.

  4. Create a new project, as described in BlackBerry Shell Tool Guide. You need the assets from this new project.

  5. Copy the www/cordova-2.7.0.js file from the new project into the www directory, and delete the www/cordova-2.6.0.js file.

  6. Update the Cordova script reference in the www/index.html file (and any other files that contain the script reference) to point to the new cordova-2.7.0.js file.

  7. Copy the native directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old native directory.

  8. Copy the lib directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old lib directory.

  9. Copy the cordova directory from the new project into the existing project, overwriting the old cordova directory.

Upgrade to 2.6.0 from 2.5.0

Updating the PhoneGap download directory:

It is recommended that you download a fresh copy of the entire directory.

However, here are the new parts needed for the piecemeal update:

  1. Update the cordova.blackberry.js file in the Phonegap-2.6.0/lib/blackberry/javascript directory.

  2. Update the ext, ext-air, and ext-qnx in the Phonegap-2.6.0/lib/blackberry/framework directory.

  3. Update the build.xml file in the Phonegap-2.6.0/lib/blackberry directory.

  4. Update the Phonegap-2.6.0/lib/blackberry/bin directory.

  5. Update the VERSION file in the Phonegap-2.6.0/lib/blackberry directory.

Updating the example/ directory or migrating an existing project:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the contents of the ext-qnx/ directory.

  5. Copy the new cordova-2.6.0.js into your project.

  6. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.6.0.js file.

Upgrade to 2.5.0 from 2.4.0

Updating the PhoneGap download directory:

It is recommended that you download a fresh copy of the entire directory.

However, here are the new parts needed for the piecemeal update:

  1. Update the cordova.blackberry.js file in the Phonegap-2.5.0/lib/blackberry/javascript directory.

  2. Update the ext, ext-air, and ext-qnx in the Phonegap-2.5.0/lib/blackberry/framework directory.

  3. Update the build.xml file in the Phonegap-2.5.0/lib/blackberry directory.

  4. Update the Phonegap-2.5.0/lib/blackberry/bin directory.

  5. Update the VERSION file in the Phonegap-2.5.0/lib/blackberry directory.

Updating the example/ directory or migrating an existing project:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the contents of the ext-qnx/ directory.

  5. Copy the new cordova-2.5.0.js into your project.

  6. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.5.0.js file.

Upgrade to 2.4.0 from 2.3.0

Updating just the www directory:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Copy the new cordova-2.4.0.js into your project.

    • If playbook, then update the .js file in the playbook/ directory.
    • If BlackBerry 10, then update the .js file in the qnx/ directory.
  5. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.4.0.js file.

Updating the sample directory (i.e., updating using the ant tools):

  1. Open the sample/lib/ directory.

  2. Update the .jar file in the cordova.2.3.0/ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the cordova.2.3.0/ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the contents of the cordova.2.3.0/ext-qnx/ directory.

  5. Update the .js file in the cordova.2.3.0/javascript/ directory.

  6. Open the sample/lib/ directory and rename the cordova.2.3.0/ directory to cordova.2.4.0/.

  7. Type ant blackberry build or ant playbook build to update the www directory with updated Cordova.

  8. Open the www directory and update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.4.0.js file.

Upgrade to 2.3.0 from 2.2.0

Updating just the www directory:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Copy the new cordova-2.3.0.js into your project.

    • If playbook, then update the .js file in the playbook/ directory.
    • If BlackBerry 10, then update the .js file in the qnx/ directory.
  5. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.3.0.js file.

Updating the sample directory (i.e., updating using the ant tools):

  1. Open the sample/lib/ directory.

  2. Update the .jar file in the cordova.2.2.0/ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the cordova.2.2.0/ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the contents of the cordova.2.2.0/ext-qnx/ directory.

  5. Update the .js file in the cordova.2.2.0/javascript/ directory.

  6. Open the sample/lib/ directory and rename the cordova.2.2.0/ directory to cordova.2.3.0/.

  7. Type ant blackberry build or ant playbook build to update the www directory with updated Cordova.

  8. Open the www directory and update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.3.0.js file.

Upgrade to 2.2.0 from 2.1.0

Updating just the www directory:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Copy the new cordova-2.2.0.js into your project.

    • If playbook, then update the .js file in the playbook/ directory.
    • If BlackBerry 10, then update the .js file in the qnx/ directory.
  5. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.2.0.js file.

Updating the sample directory (i.e., updating using the ant tools):

  1. Open the sample/lib/ directory.

  2. Update the .jar file in the cordova.2.1.0/ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the cordova.2.1.0/ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the contents of the cordova.2.1.0/ext-qnx/ directory.

  5. Update the .js file in the cordova.2.1.0/javascript/ directory.

  6. Open the sample/lib/ directory and rename the cordova.2.1.0/ directory to cordova.2.2.0/.

  7. Type ant blackberry build or ant playbook build to update the www directory with updated Cordova.

  8. Open the www directory and update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.2.0.js file.

Upgrade to 2.1.0 from 2.0.0

Updating just the www directory:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Copy the new cordova-2.1.0.js into your project.

    • If playbook, then update the .js file in the playbook/ directory.
  5. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.1.0.js file.

Updating the sample directory (i.e., updating using the ant tools):

  1. Open the sample/lib/ directory.

  2. Update the .jar file in the cordova.2.0.0/ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the cordova.2.0.0/ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the .js file in the cordova.2.0.0/javascript/ directory.

  5. Open the sample/lib/ directory and rename the cordova.2.0.0/ directory to cordova.2.1.0/.

  6. Type ant blackberry build or ant playbook build to update the www directory with updated Cordova.

  7. Open the www directory and update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.1.0.js file.

Upgrade to 2.0.0 from 1.9.0

Updating just the www directory:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Copy the new cordova-2.0.0.js into your project.

    • If playbook, then update the .js file in the playbook/ directory.
  5. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.0.0.js file.

  6. Update the www/plugins.xml file. Two plugins changed their namespace/service label. Change the old entries for the Capture and Contact plugins from:

    <plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.media.MediaCapture"/>
    <plugin name="Contact" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>
    

To:

<plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.capture.MediaCapture"/>
<plugin name="Contacts" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>

Updating the sample directory (i.e., updating using the ant tools):

  1. Open the sample/lib/ directory.

  2. Update the .jar file in the cordova.1.9.0/ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the cordova.1.9.0/ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the .js file in the cordova.1.9.0/javascript/ directory.

  5. Open the sample/lib/ directory and rename the cordova.1.9.0/ directory to cordova.2.0.0/.

  6. Type ant blackberry build or ant playbook build to update the www directory with updated Cordova.

  7. Open the www directory and update your HTML to use the new cordova-2.0.0.js file.

  8. Open the www directory and update the plugins.xml file. Two plugins changed their namespace/service label. Change the old entries for the Capture and Contact plugins from:

    <plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.media.MediaCapture"/>
    <plugin name="Contact" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>
    

    To:

    <plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.capture.MediaCapture"/>
    <plugin name="Contacts" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>
    
  • To upgrade to 1.8.0, please go from 1.7.0

Upgrade to 1.8.0 from 1.7.0

Updating just the www directory:

  1. Open the www directory, which contains the app.

  2. Remove and update the .jar file in the ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the ext-air/ directory.

  4. Copy the new cordova-1.8.0.js into your project.

    • If playbook, then update the .js file in the playbook/ directory.
  5. Update your HTML to use the new cordova-1.8.0.js file.

  6. Update the www/plugins.xml file. Two plugins changed their namespace/service label. Change the old entries for the Capture and Contact plugins from:

    <plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.media.MediaCapture"/>
    <plugin name="Contact" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>
    

    To:

    <plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.capture.MediaCapture"/>
    <plugin name="Contacts" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>
    

Updating the sample directory (i.e., updating using the ant tools):

  1. Open the sample/lib/ directory.

  2. Update the .jar file in the cordova.1.7.0/ext/ directory.

  3. Update the contents of the cordova.1.7.0/ext-air/ directory.

  4. Update the .js file in the cordova.1.7.0/javascript/ directory.

  5. Open the sample/lib/ directory and rename the cordova.1.7.0/ directory to cordova.1.8.0/.

  6. Type ant blackberry build or ant playbook build to update the www directory with updated Cordova.

  7. Open the www directory and update your HTML to use the new cordova-1.8.0.js file.

  8. Open the www directory and update the plugins.xml file. Two plugins changed their namespace/service label. Change the old entries for the Capture and Contact plugins from:

    <plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.media.MediaCapture"/>
    <plugin name="Contact" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>
    

    To:

    <plugin name="Capture" value="org.apache.cordova.capture.MediaCapture"/>
    <plugin name="Contacts" value="org.apache.cordova.pim.Contact"/>
    

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