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android – How to fix 'cordova' is not recognized in the Windows command prompt

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'cordova' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

My Environment Path

\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files\nodejs\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\cmd
;C:\Program Files (x86)\GtkSharp.12\bin;C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits.
1\Windows Performance Toolkit\;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server0\Tools\B
inn\;C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Web Platform Installer\;**C:\Program Files\ANT\apa
che-ant-1.9.3\bin;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_51\bin;C:\Development\sdk\tools

NB: I have read every available tutorial, followed at least 10 of them, read all the similar questions about 'phonegap' not recognized,, .etc. I have my ‘Enabled’ registry set to 1 as some solutions have suggested, re-installed 'phonegap' & 'cordova' through NPM install -g phonegap, and same for 'cordova', and I still can’t get them to run.

I copied an old phonegap application that I made on another PC, and I can run it through just fine. Hope this would clear anything up.

How to&Answers:

You do not need to add any cordova folder to the path.

cordova command is a nodejs npm script, what you need is to have the npm folder in your path :


or if it does not work, use instead


(replace YourUserName with the name of your user profile)

What’s strange is that I don’t remember I had to change it manually, I think it should be added automatically when installing node and npm.


npm install -g cordova

-g is a global install option and it will make the cordova globally available in AppData\Roaming\npm. Restart the prompt if necessary.


The Method below is the solution of every such problem related to npm, Be it Phonegap, Cordova, Ionic or else
The concept is that every software installed using npm is saved on this path:

C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Roaming\npm

So, what we are going to do is just adding the above path to Windows Environment Variable. If you are a begineer, the steps for adding path are as follows:

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Under All Control Panel Items, Go to System.
  3. Click on the Advanced system settings options in the Sidebar.
  4. The System Properties Dialog Box will appear.

You would have done the so far work through searching “Edit Environment Variables” in Search Bar :).

  1. Now, In the System Properties dialog box, there will be Advanced Tab.
  2. In Advanced tab, there will be an option Environment Variables…
  3. Click on it, this will open another Dialog box for Environment Variables.
  4. In System variables, Select Path as shown in image link, and click Edit…

    Path attribute in System Variables

  5. Copy the above path, and add it here as shown in link
    Copy the Path

  6. Here, you should make sure that the 2 different paths are always seperated by a semicolon ;. Keeping this in mind, add your path to the existing paths.

This will make the application run globally.
This is the General Algorithm of steps employed for any type of Path Configuration.
If You have any issues left, please feel free to ask.


Try running Command Prompt as an administrator..It worked for me


Try restarting the command prompt window. It worked for me.


Place java path before ant path. change the path according to your paths.

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_20\bin;D:\apache-ant-1.9.3\bin;D:\adt-bundle-windows-x86\sdk\tools;D:\adt-bundle-windows-x86\sdk\platform-tools;C:\Program Files\nodejs\;C:\Program Files\Git\cmd


Issue is probably with location of node/npm.

npm working? say npm clear cache

Then even if its not working go to Environment Variables. Ensure nodejs is directed to its directory(wherever you installed it)and npm(which is in Users/YourUsername/AppData/roaming) .. its a hidden folder.

The run npm install npm -g OR (if and only if) that gives issues npm install [email protected]

I recommend getting bower too , so say npm install -g bower

Finally npm install -g cordova

There you go!


I had an issue with the default directories that are used by npm. You can get this list by typing ‘npm config list’ in the command prompt. In my case, for some reason, the cordova installation was going inside a ‘=’ directory. My Command Prompt pointed me to a ‘npm.mrc’ file inside ‘C:\Users\USERNAME’ folder when I typed ‘npm config list’ from where it is picking up the ‘=’ folder inside ‘C:\Users\USERNAME\=’ as the default folder for cordova. When I uninstalled node, deleted both the ‘npm.mrc’ file and the ‘=’ folder and reinstalled node and cordova, this issue disappeared. Hope this helps.


I have visual studio installed on my system. Cordova got installed under the following location:


I had to manually add this to PATH.

To know the path where cordova is installed run npm install -g cordova again and the path will be printed on the screen.


Open a Command prompt in Run as administrator mode and
run the below install command

 npm install -g cordova

Now check if the command is now recognized. (if needed restart the command prompt)

Now in the visual studio code

  1. goto the terminal
  2. Navigate to the cordova folder
  3. Run the usual commands

    cordova platform add android

    cordova run android


After installing Cordova is you face the issue then
check go to Environment variable (My Computer OR My PC > Right Click > Properties > Advance System Settings > Environemnts Variable button)


%appdata%\npm\ or c:\users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\npm\

(replace YourUserName with the name of your user profile) to System Variable’s PATH


Befor trying any of the answers, just open the node.js command prompt and try again.
Press Windows Button => type Node.js => type Cordova inside the node.js command prompt as usual, and thats it. (hopefully)