Changes the default WebView to CrossWalk

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import cordovaPluginCrosswalkWebviewPgbAdaptArm from '';



Makes your Cordova application use the Crosswalk WebView instead of the System WebView. Requires cordova-android 4.0 or greater.


  • WebView doesn't change depending on Android version
  • Capabilities: such as WebRTC, WebAudio, Web Components
  • Performance improvements (compared to older system webviews)


  • Increased memory footprint
    • An overhead of ~30MB (as reported by the RSS column of ps)
  • Increased APK size (about 17MB)
  • Increased size on disk when installed (about 50MB)
  • Crosswalk WebView stores data (IndexedDB, LocalStorage, etc) separately from System WebView
    • You'll need to manually migrate local data when switching between the two (note: this is fixed in Crosswalk 15)


The following directions are for cordova-cli (most people). Alternatively you can use the Android platform scripts workflow.

  • Open an existing cordova project, with cordova-android 4.0.0+, and using the latest CLI. Crosswalk variables can be configured as an option when installing the plugin
  • Add this plugin
$ cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview
  • Build
$ cordova build android

The build script will automatically fetch the Crosswalk WebView libraries from Crosswalk project download site ( and build for both X86 and ARM architectures.

For example, building android with Crosswalk generates:


Note that it is also possible to publish a multi-APK application on the Play Store that uses Crosswalk for Pre-L devices, and the (updatable) system webview for L+:

To build Crosswalk-enabled apks, add this plugin and run:

$ cordova build --release

To build System-webview apk, remove this plugin and run:

$ cordova build --release -- --minSdkVersion=21


You can try out a different Crosswalk version by specifying certain variables while installing the plugin, or by changing the value of xwalkVersion in your config.xml after installing the plugin. Some examples:

<!-- These are all equivalent -->
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview --variable XWALK_VERSION="org.xwalk:xwalk_core_library:14+"
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview --variable XWALK_VERSION="xwalk_core_library:14+"
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview --variable XWALK_VERSION="14+"
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview --variable XWALK_VERSION="14"
<preference name="xwalkVersion" value="org.xwalk:xwalk_core_library:14+" />
<preference name="xwalkVersion" value="xwalk_core_library:14+" />
<preference name="xwalkVersion" value="14+" />
<preference name="xwalkVersion" value="14" />

You can also use a Crosswalk beta version. Some examples:

<!-- These are all equivalent -->
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview --variable XWALK_VERSION="org.xwalk:xwalk_core_library_beta:14+"
<preference name="xwalkVersion" value="org.xwalk:xwalk_core_library_beta:14+" />

You can set command-line flags as well:

<!-- This is the default -->
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview --variable XWALK_COMMANDLINE="--disable-pull-to-refresh-effect"
<preference name="xwalkCommandLine" value="--disable-pull-to-refresh-effect" />

You can use the Crosswalk shared mode which allows multiple Crosswalk applications to share one Crosswalk runtime downloaded from the Play Store.

<!-- These are all equivalent -->
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview  --variable XWALK_MODE="shared"
<preference name="xwalkMode" value="shared" />

Note that if you want to specify the Crosswalk version when using shared mode, you need to use the shared version of the library, e.g.:

<!-- Using a Crosswalk shared mode beta version -->
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview --variable XWALK_VERSION="org.xwalk:xwalk_shared_library_beta:14+"

PGB Instructions

Add this line to your config.xml file:

<gap:plugin name="cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview-pgb-adapt" source="npm" version="1.4.0-dev-5"/>

Release Notes

1.4.0-dev-10 (fork from cordova-plugin-crosswalk-webview 1.4.0-dev)

  • PhoneGap Build compatible (tested with PGB v5.2.0)
  • Based on Crosswalk v15.44.384
  • Pull-down-to-refresh is now REALLY disabled by default for PhoneGap Build

1.3.0 (August 28, 2015)

  • Crosswalk variables can be configured as an option via CLI
  • Support for Crosswalk's shared mode via the XWALK_MODE install variable or xwalkMode preference
  • Uses the latest Crosswalk 14 stable version by default
  • The ANIMATABLE_XWALK_VIEW preference is false by default
  • Doesn't work with Crosswalk 14.43.343.17 and earlier

1.2.0 (April 22, 2015)

  • Made Crosswalk command-line configurable via <preference name="xwalkCommandLine" value="..." />
  • Disabled pull-down-to-refresh by default

1.1.0 (April 21, 2015)

  • Based on Crosswalk v13
  • Made Crosswalk version configurable via <preference name="xwalkVersion" value="..." />

1.0.0 (Mar 25, 2015)

  • Initial release
  • Based on Crosswalk v11