Here is how to do it using only command line tools. This is useful in many automation scenarios.
cd git clone git://github.com/MobileChromeApps/mobile-chrome-apps.git mobile-chrome-apps/mca create eu.connettiva.MyApp cd MyApp/www vi config.xml # write your data vi manifest.json # write your data vi background.js # edit it if you're app doesn't # start with index.html
Write your code, then build the Android app.
cd .. ../mobile-chrome-apps/mca build --release # or --debug if you don't want to sign the app
The first time you sign you need to generate the keys
keytool -genkey -v -alias MyApp -keyalg RSA \ -keysize 2048 -validity 10000 -keystore MyApp.keystore
You must sign the apk and align it every time you build it.
jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 \ -keystore MyApp.keystore \ platforms/android/bin/MyApp-release-unsigned.apk \ MyApp zipalign -f -v 4 \ platforms/android/bin/MyApp-release-unsigned.apk MyApp.apk
Finally run the app in an emulator. Get the list of available devices with
and start one of them. Then install the apk in the emulated device with
adb install MyApp.apk # install -r (reinstall)
It’s ready to be used now!
If at any time mca tells you to run mca init to update itself do this:
cd ~/mobile-chrome-apps ./mca init