ffmsingh ffmsingh - 26 days ago 8
Android Question

PhoneGap/Cordova app notifications

I am new to PhoneGap/Cordova, i am looking to add some notifications to my app.

  1. Push notification - so when a new article is released on app it will alert the users.

  2. Local Notifications - On set intervals (date and time) I can prompt the user of the latest articles on my app.

I had done a lot of searching but unable to find a working example that I can import straight into a project and then modify.

I have tried the following plugin in but was unable to get it working


Steps for enabling push notifications in project.

  1. create a project in https://console.developers.google.com/ with your project name.

  2. Refer the below link for push plugin installation https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-plugin-push/blob/master/docs/INSTALLATION.md

  3. Code in your push.js file Refer https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-plugin-push/blob/master/docs/API.md

    //code: push notification initialization and registration.

    if (!$window.PushNotification) {
     var push = $window.PushNotification.init({
    android: {
        senderID: "Include your app sender ID XXXXXXX” 
    ios: {
        alert: "true",
        badge: true,
        sound: 'false'
    windows: {}
    push.on('registration', function(data) {
    // this gives the unique deviceId, Or you can maintain array of deviceIds to register multiple devices.
    // if have specified single deviceId for example
    // save this deviceId in database for further operations, i.e. push messages to those ids.
    push.on('notification', function(data) {
    push.on('error', function(e) {
    push.off('notification', function(e) {
    console.log('off notify');
  4. There are several ways to send push notification. Here I'm taking help of gcm-server to notify. You will need to install node-gcm. Create a new server.js file.

     var gcm = require('node-gcm');
     var message = new gcm.Message();
    //API Server Key
     var sender = new gcm.Sender('GIVE_YOUR_SERVER_API_KEY');
    var registrationIds = [];
     // Value the payload data to send...
    message.addData('message',"\u270C Peace, Love \u2764 and PhoneGap \u2706!");
    message.addData('title','Push Notification Sample' );
    message.addData('msgcnt','3'); // Shows up in the notification in the status bar
    message.addData('soundname','beep.wav'); //Sound to play 
    message.timeToLive = 3000;

    // At least one reg id required // Here use the registration Ids that you got during device registration.


    sender.send(message, registrationIds, 4, function (result) { console.log(result); });

Refer http://devgirl.org/2013/07/17/tutorial-implement-push-notifications-in-your-phonegap-application/ for clear understanding of sending notification via gcm-server. This will show the notification on the device.

You can also make use of firebase instead of gcm.

Steps for enabling local notification: Add plugin to your project using cordova plugin add https://github.com/katzer/cordova-plugin-local-notifications

Invoke the local notification as shown in the link https://github.com/katzer/cordova-plugin-local-notifications/