Building for Windows

Windows builds of Cordova 9.0 or higher are supported by electron apps. See here for building an electron app on Windows. Windows builds are available for Cordova 7.1 projects.

Windows Store apps

Windows Store apps are created by using HTML5 and JavaScript, and they run natively on the WinRT architecture. Therefore, applications created by using Monaca are equipped with the same functionalities as the ones created by development tools such as Visual Studio and can use all native features including WinJS.

Windows Store apps run on PCs and tablets installed with Windows and Windows RT. However, if you want to publish an app to the Windows Store, you will need to rebuild it separately by using Visual Studio or other development tools since the release build from Monaca is not supported yet.

On the other hand, Windows Store apps have some constraints that are not found on Android or iOS such as:


You are required to have a valid Microsoft Developer License in order to build Windows apps. It's free but you need to have a Microsoft account. If you don't have a license, please register here.

Step 1: Configure the app settings

  1. From the Monaca Cloud IDE menu, go to Configure → App Settings for Windows.

  2. Fill in the app information:



    Package Certificate Key

    This certificate is used when Monaca compiles a Windows app. It will also be used when doing sideloading or submitting to the Windows Store. It will be generated automatically in the first Windows build if it does not yet exist. If you want to upload an existing certificate file, it should be in the PKCS#7 format without password.

    App Display Name

    The application name. It will appear on the start screen.

    Package Display Name

    The package name.

    Short Name

    The name to be displayed on the taskbar.

    Show Name

    Define the default setting of the logo displayed in the start menu of Windows 8 or higher.


    The version number of your app. A version number consist of numbers separated by dots (for example,

    App Description

    A short summary of your app.

    Package Publisher Name

    Your name, group name, company name, etc.


    Select a CPU Architecture. Available options are AnyCPU, x86, x64 and Arm.

3. After setting the configurations, click Save.

Step 2: Build the app

  1. From the Monaca Cloud IDE menu, go to Build → Build App for Windows.

  2. Click Start Build.

3. After the build is completed, download the zip file of the built app.

Step 3: Install the app

  1. Extract the downloaded zip file.

  2. In the extracted folder, right-click on the Add-AppDevPackage.ps1 file and click Run with PowerShell. The installation will begin.

3. You might be asked to confirm the opening of the selected file. Click Open.

4. Press Enter to continue.

5. The UAC (User Account Control) prompt will appear asking you to grant the Administrative privilege. Click Yes.

6. Confirm the running of the app by typing R in the PowerShell windows.

7. Then, type Y.

8. Once the installation is completed, press Enter.

9. Now, your app should be installed. You can find your app in the Apps.

10. Click on it to launch the app. Then, your app should be running.

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