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Thank You, PhoneGap!

〜PhoneGap, お疲れ様でした〜

PhoneGap and Cordova

The Adobe PhoneGap has recently announced that they will sunset their tools and services (PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build) on October 1, 2020. PhoneGap will not be actively maintained but will remain free and open sourced whereas the PhoneGap Build service will no longer be available.

Adobe donated the PhoneGap codebase to the Apache Software Foundation for incubation in late 2011. The project was originally named Apache Callback and later renamed to Apache Cordova.

PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. You can think of Apache Cordova as the engine that powers PhoneGap, similar to how WebKit is the engine that powers Safari.

Since the donation of Cordova from Adobe to Apache, the OSS community has formed with lots of participation and contribution from great individuals and companies. The Apache Cordova project has become the de facto standard for HTML5 hybrid application development and plays an important role to bridge between web development and native APIs for major platforms such as iOS and Android.

We, Monaca, have been involved in Apache Cordova and share the same vision since the beginning. Our development members have been playing a significant role in the community. Some of the highlight features and projects that the team has been working on recently which are worth mentioned are:

  • Supporting and releasing of Cordova core libraries, tools, and CLI — Cordova 10, WKWebView integration, Adaptive icon support…
  • Cordova Electron platform to provide support for desktop applications on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  • Supporting and releasing of major mobile platforms (Android and iOS)

Cordova, as the pioneer of Hybrid mobile development technology, will continue to grow as an open source project supported and loved by the community.

What is Monaca?

Monaca is a development environment for Cordova provided by us. Monaca makes PhoneGap/Cordova development simple and easy. It is ready to be immediately plugged into your existing workflow and development environment.

Our tools are designed to utilize the cloud to supercharge your app development in two ways. The complete cloud development environment gives you flexibility with no setup required. And the cloud-synced local development enables you to use your own environment but enjoy features like device live-sync and remote build. It’s the best of both worlds.

From Cloud IDE, CLI, Localkit to debugger and Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), everything you need for your hybrid app development is here.

Complete Migration in Minutes

To all PhoneGap users, you can continue to develop your application with the technology you are familiar with. In response to the end service of PhoneGap Build, we have compiled a step-by-step migration guideline to ensure a smooth transition from PhoneGap to Monaca. We will be providing a free 2-month coupon code THANKPHONEGAP for new users, to help you get started.

This coupon is only available for “Pro” plans. You can enter this coupon code during the signup process after confirming your email address.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or problems.


We would like to express our gratitude to PhoneGap and Adobe for paving the path for us in the field of hybrid mobile app development. We at Monaca will continue contributing to the Apache Cordova project and web technology development in overall.

Happy Coding!



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