Add android:name="something" to AndroidManifest.xml "application" tag from Cordova plugin.xml-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I decided to open new question because none of those that are already posted, has a good answer.

I need to update AndroidManifest.xml “from plugin.xml”, so that the <application> tag has the following property, alongside those it already has:


How can do that?

Thank you

How to solve:

I had the same issue, and I used a Cordova hook to do the work.

First, edit your config.xml file to add the hook:

<platform name="android">
    <hook type="after_prepare" src="scripts/android_app_name.js" />

Create a file called scripts/android_app_name.js (set it executable), and inside, just use a search/replace function. It should look like:

#!/usr/bin/env node

module.exports = function(context) {

  var fs = context.requireCordovaModule('fs'),
    path = context.requireCordovaModule('path');

  var platformRoot = path.join(context.opts.projectRoot, 'platforms/android');

  var manifestFile = path.join(platformRoot, 'AndroidManifest.xml');

  if (fs.existsSync(manifestFile)) {

    fs.readFile(manifestFile, 'utf8', function (err,data) {
      if (err) {
        throw new Error('Unable to find AndroidManifest.xml: ' + err);

      var appClass = 'YOU_APP_CLASS';

      if (data.indexOf(appClass) == -1) {

        var result = data.replace(/<application/g, '<application android:name="' + appClass + '"');

        fs.writeFile(manifestFile, result, 'utf8', function (err) {
          if (err) throw new Error('Unable to write into AndroidManifest.xml: ' + err);



Indeed, as jlreymendez mentioned, the right way is this:

    <edit-config file="AndroidManifest.xml" target="/manifest/application" mode="merge">
      <application android:name="com.mypackage.MyApplication"/>

Also note that modifications will revert if you remove the plugin, what will not happen with the hook trick.


The simplest and the latest(cordova version 8.1.2) way to do it to use edit-config tag like below:

    <edit-config file="app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml" mode="merge" target="/manifest/application">
        <application android:name="mypackage" />

In similar way you can edit other configurations as well.

Hope it will be helpful!


I think I had the same problem as you. I found this in the cordova documentation.

If you search the title “config-file Element” you will find an example:

<config-file target="AndroidManifest.xml" parent="/manifest/application">
    <activity android:name="" android:label="@string/app_name">

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