PhoneGap is an open source framework for quickly building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, Javascript and CSS.


Building applications for each device–iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and more–requires different frameworks and languages. PhoneGap solves this by using standards-based web technologies to bridge web applications and mobile devices. Since PhoneGap apps are standards compliant, they’re future-proofed to work with browsers as they evolve. Read an in-depth post explaining PhoneGap visually.

PhoneGap has been downloaded over 1 million times and is being used by over 400,000 developers. Thousands of apps built using PhoneGap are available in mobile app stores and directories. Check out some of them here.

The PhoneGap code was contributed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under the name Apache Cordova and graduated to top-level project status in October 2012. Through the ASF, future PhoneGap development will ensure open stewardship of the project. It will always remain free and open source under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Read more about PhoneGap’s beliefs, goals, and philosophy and Rolling Releases: How Apache Cordova becomes PhoneGap.

Nitobi was the original creator and is one of the primary contributors to the PhoneGap framework. In October 2011, Adobe acquired Nitobi enabling the team to focus solely on the PhoneGap project and continue its work on efficient development across mobile platforms.

There is also vast global community that contributes to the project, including many from IBM, RIM, Microsoft and more. We have an active community that is open and collaborative. Check out a list of commiters to the project and learn more about contributing to PhoneGap. We want your help!

PhoneGap Build

PhoneGap Build is our cloud service that allows you to quickly build mobile applications and easily compile them without SDKs, compilers and hardware.