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android – chrome ARC-Welder javascript console plugin not defined

Posted by: admin June 16, 2020 Leave a comment


I installed ARC_Welder to test run my android apps. App runs , but I was trying to get logs. I read this article : https://developer.chrome.com/apps/getstarted_arc .

Tried running — plugin.shell(‘adbd’) in JavaScript console (chrome://inspect/#apps) .

But i’m getting this error :
Uncaught ReferenceError: plugin is not defined

Same thing happened when tried running : plugin.shell(‘logcat’);

I’m not a chrome javascript developer. please help me understand where i am wrong..

How to&Answers:

I just had the same issue, the instructions on the page you mentioned are correct, but not very clear.

You should:

  1. Open your debug APK in ARC Welder and run it
  2. Open logcat in Android Studio, (or what ever tool you normally use to view logcat).
  3. Open Chrome and type “chrome://inspect/#apps” in the address bar
  4. Hopefully you see your App name listed, click the ‘inspect’ link for your app.
  5. In the Javascript Console that appears type “plugin.shell(‘adbd’)” and press enter.
  6. Now go back to Android Studio and you should see a load of log messages in the logcat, filter by your app name and hopefully you are good to go.


Are you sure you opened your apps page by clicking the “inspect” link from the “chrome://inspect/#apps” page?

The error you see suggests that you are typing it into some javascript console that isn’t for an app view. The “plugin” name is only defined for use by Chrome apps and extensions, and not arbitrary web pages.