Working with Plugins

When you develop a hybrid mobile app with Apache Cordova, you need to use plugins to access the native device functionality.

You can enable and disable the core plugins to improve the performance and resource consumption of your app. You can enable the core plugins that your application functionality requires and disable the ones that you do not need at the moment. At any point, you can modify the core plugin configuration of your app.

If you need to implement functionality that the core plugins do not support, you can add non-core Apache Cordova plugins to your app. You can enable the integrated custom plugins or the verified plugins or you can import a custom Apache Cordova plugin that meets the AppBuilder requirements. The integrated plugins are custom Apache Cordova plugins that the AppBuilder team modifies, configures and updates regularly. The verified plugins are custom Apache Cordova plugins that the Telerik team modifies, configures and updates regularly to ensure that mobile developers can easily integrate the plugins in their hybrid mobile apps.

When you use the core and the custom plugins, keep in mind the following limitations.

  • Custom plugins are not supported in the simulator. Of the verified and integrated plugins, only the Progress Analytics plugin is supported in the simulator.
  • Custom plugins are not supported in the developer apps.
  • AppBuilder respects and runs hooks only for the core, integrated and verified plugins, maintained by Telerik. Hooks in custom plugins are not respected.

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