platforms: android
$ cordova plugin add org.apache.cordova.plugins.cambie


A unified native UI plugin for Apache Cordova 3.x.
This is highly experimental right now, and should probably not be used in production projects. The API is guaranteed to change as it is refined and expanded to other platforms.

The target platforms for Cambie are:

  • Android 4.x+

It is a goal to also target these platforms wherever possible:

  • Android 2.3
  • BlackBerry OS 10
  • Windows Phone 8
  • iOS 5.x+
  • Firefox OS 1.x+


Using the cordova CLI tools, run this in your project directory:
$ cordova plugin install

Using plugman directly, run this in your project directory:
$ plugman --platform android --project . --plugin

Cambie API



Hides the native application chrome for title bars, tabs, menus, and drawers.



Shows the native application chrome for title bars, tabs, menus, and drawers. This only makes the native UI visible, it does not affect the contents of it.


navigator.setApplicationMenus([scope element], [success], [error]);

Parses the menu structure out of the scope element and load it into the native UI. If no scope element is specified, it defaults to the document body.

The success and error parameters are callbacks that will be called either when parsing the menu structure is complete or when there is an error in parsing the menu structure respectively.

Defining Menus

We try to be as close as possible to Firefox OS in terms of HTML structure, so that you can build your application with plain HTML and CSS and then use Cambie to provide native integration with minimal changes.

A good starting point is to read

As an example, we have a page with this HTML markup:

    <header data-nav="back"> <!-- data-nav will change in future versions! -->

        <!-- Becomes the title in the menu bar -->
        <h1>Page title</h1>

        <!-- Becomes the action buttons in the header -->
        <menu type="toolbar">
            <button id="button-add">Action Button</button>

        <!-- Becomes the application popup menu -->
        <menu type="popup">
            <menuitem label="Menu Item 1" icon="img/menu1.png">
            <menuitem label="Menu Item 2" icon="img/menu2.png" disabled="disabled">
            <menuitem label="Menu Item 3" icon="img/menu3.png">

    <p>Page content goes here</p>

When the page is shown in our application, we can call Cambie to update the native menus:

If you're building a single-page application with multiple internal pages, as managed by a UI framework, you can pass the page element into Cambie and it will only load menus appearing within that page element: