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Integrate Android PDF Library into Cordova

This project is no longer in development. If you are looking for cross-platform solution, check out React Native or Flutter. If you are looking to add to your current Cordova/Ionic project, check out the WebViewer sample.

See here for the get started guide for using the Apryse Cordova Native Plugin on iOS.

This guide will help you integrate a free trial of the Apryse Native Plugin for Android applications using Cordova. Your free trial includes unlimited trial usage and support from solution engineers.

Note: There are other approaches that can be used to integrate Apryse technology with Cordova. Please see this FAQ page to find out more about the relative strengths of each approach.

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If you don't already have a Cordova codebase, start one. If you do, then make sure Android is added as a platform and skip to integration.

  1. Create a new Cordova project called pdfhello

    cordova create pdfhello com.example.pdf pdfhello
     cd pdfhello
  2. Add Android as a platform to build the Cordova application for.

    cordova platform add android

Integrate Apryse Native Plugin into your Cordova Application

  1. Add the pdftron-cordova plugin in your project directory.

    cordova plugin add
  2. Navigate to pdfhello/platforms/android and add the following line in the file:


    Key can be left empty for a trial

  3. Navigate to pdfhello/platforms/android/app/main/ and open AndroidManifest.xml with your favorite text editor.

    Change the activity theme to CustomAppTheme:

    -<activity android:name="MainActivity" android:theme="@android:style/Theme.DeviceDefault.NoActionBar">
    +<activity android:name="MainActivity" android:theme="@style/CustomAppTheme">
  4. Navigate to pdfhello/platforms/android/app/main/com/example/pdf/ and open with your favorite text editor. Change the base class for the main activity from CordovaActivity to CordovaAppCompatActivity:

    -public class MainActivity extends CordovaActivity {
    +public class MainActivity extends CordovaAppCompatActivity {
  5. After the changes, you will need to call the following to build and run the project:

    First, in pdfhello directory call:

    cordova build android

    Then import the pdfhello/platforms/android folder into Android Studio, and run the project from Android Studio using the play button. You will see a message that says No Java files found that extend CordovaActivity. This message is okay to ignore because we're using CordovaAppCompatActivity.

    Note: When the project is first imported, Android Studio will complain about the minSdk. To resolve this, click Move minSdkVersion to build files and sync project in the error window.

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