Troubleshooting Guide: Fixing the 'Current Working Directory is Not a Cordova-Based Project' Error

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of resolving the 'Current Working Directory is Not a Cordova-Based Project' error. This error occurs when you try to run Cordova commands in a directory that is not recognized as a Cordova project. By following this step-by-step guide, you will be able to get your Cordova project up and running again.

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Before we start troubleshooting, ensure that you have the following prerequisites installed on your system:

Step 1: Verify the Current Working Directory

The first step in resolving this error is to verify that you are in the correct working directory. To do this, open your command prompt or terminal and navigate to your Cordova project folder.

cd path/to/your/cordova-project

Now, make sure that you are in the root folder of your Cordova project. This folder should contain the following files and directories:

  • config.xml
  • www/
  • platforms/
  • plugins/

If you do not see these files and directories, you may not be in the correct working directory, or your project may not be properly set up.

Step 2: Check the 'config.xml' File

The 'config.xml' file is a crucial component of a Cordova project. This file contains important information about your app, such as its name, description, and version number.

To check if your 'config.xml' file is present and properly formatted, open it in a text editor and verify that it contains the following structure:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<widget id="" version="1.0.0" xmlns="" xmlns:cdv="">
        An example Cordova application.
    <author email="[email protected]" href="">
        Your Name
    <content src="index.html" />
    <access origin="*" />

If your 'config.xml' file is missing or not properly formatted, you may need to create a new Cordova project or manually fix the 'config.xml' file.

Step 3: Reinstall Cordova

If your project directory and 'config.xml' file are both correct, the issue might be with your Cordova installation. To reinstall Cordova, first, uninstall it using the following command:

npm uninstall -g cordova

Next, reinstall Cordova using the following command:

npm install -g cordova

Step 4: Re-create the Cordova Project

If none of the above steps resolve the issue, you may need to create a new Cordova project. To do this, first, navigate to the directory where you want to create your new project:

cd path/to/new-project-directory

Next, run the following command to create a new Cordova project:

cordova create new-project com.example.newproject NewProject

Replace new-project with the desired folder name for your project, com.example.newproject with the desired package name, and NewProject with the desired display name.

Finally, navigate to your newly created project directory and add the desired platforms and plugins:

cd new-project
cordova platform add android
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-device

Replace android with the desired platform (e.g., ios, windows), and cordova-plugin-device with any desired plugins.


1. How do I know if my project is a Cordova-based project?

A Cordova-based project will have a specific folder structure, including a config.xml file, www/ directory, platforms/ directory, and plugins/ directory. Additionally, the 'config.xml' file should have a specific structure, as shown in Step 2.

2. Can I have multiple Cordova projects in the same directory?

It is not recommended to have multiple Cordova projects in the same directory. Each project should be in its own separate directory to avoid conflicts and maintain a clean project structure.

3. Can I use Cordova with other JavaScript frameworks, like React or Angular?

Yes, you can use Cordova with other JavaScript frameworks like React or Angular. You will need to configure the build process to generate the required www/ directory and index.html file for Cordova. For more information, refer to the Cordova documentation and the documentation for your chosen framework.

4. How do I add a new platform to my Cordova project?

To add a new platform to your Cordova project, navigate to your project directory and run the following command:

cordova platform add platform-name

Replace platform-name with the desired platform (e.g., ios, android, windows).

5. How do I update Cordova CLI to the latest version?

To update Cordova CLI to the latest version, run the following command:

npm update -g cordova

This command will update the globally installed Cordova CLI to the latest version available.

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