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Your friendly toolchain for mobile app development on top of Apache Cordova

tarifa is a CLI on top of Apache Cordova. It aims at simplifying the Apache Cordova workflow and adding features to complete cordova toolchain such as:

  • multiple configurations: produce multiple unique apps easily on a given platform within a single project.
  • integration of any front-end build system: integrate your build process in the cordova workflow.
  • interactive project bootstrap: no need to remember every required information while creating a project, tarifa will guide you with adequate questions and save the answers in the project files.
  • deployment to hockeyapp from the terminal: no need to launch a browser to upload a binary file to hockeyapp, tarifa handles it.


| sdk/os | macosx | linux | win32 | | -------------------------------------------|:------:|:-----:|:-----:| | ios | ✔ | ✗ | ✗ | | android | ✔ | ✔ | ✔ | | windows | ✗ | ✗ | ✔ |


Documentation can be read on (pdf, epub, mobi).


npm install tarifa -g

Some optional dependencies could fail depending on your os (such as ios-deploy fails to install on linux or windows).


Usage: tarifa [command] [options]


create         Create a tarifa project (or a cordova plugin)
prepare        Prepare the www project with a given platform and configuration
platform       Manage current project platforms
plugin         Add, remove or list cordova plugins in your project
build          Build the project for a given platform and configuration
run            Run the project for a given platform and configuration on your device
info           Get some information about your environment
device         Get informations about your connected devices
config         Configure the current project
check          Check the current project after cloning
clean          Clean the given platform
hockeyapp      Interface with hockeyapp beta testing platform
update         Update current project cordova platforms and core plugins
watch          Watch current project
test           Test current project on your device with appium
version        Will either return the version number or set the current version number


--version, -v  Show tarifa version number
--verbose, -V  Add verbosity to commands
--help, -h     Show this message

Global options:

--debug, -d    Print helpful stack trace on error

Install for developement

git clone && cd tarifa && npm link .


running tests without devices:

npm test

The output of

npm test
can be found on our buildbot

test with devices:

npm run test-run

signing tests:

npm run test-sign

For signing tests you need to provide the following json file:

  • test/fixtures/private.ios.json

Both providing needed signing informations. Examples can be found in the



tarifa is licensed under Apache version 2.0



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