Cordova Sign Android build with Cordova 5 Add the build configuration to sign the .apk file


  1. Add a keystore using:

    keytool -genkey -v -keystore example.keystore -alias example -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -validity 10000 

Note: This should be at root of project. Though not a hard requirement, it eases the file referencing

  1. Add a build.json with release/dev configuration for keystore, at the root of project:

      "android": {
        "debug": {
          "keystore": "..\android.keystore",
          "storePassword": "android",
          "alias": "mykey1",
          "password" : "password",
          "keystoreType": ""
        "release": {
          "keystore": "..\android.keystore",
          "storePassword": "",
          "alias": "mykey2",
          "password" : "password",
          "keystoreType": ""
  2. Add the --buildConfig switch to Cordova/ Ionic build command:

    cordova build android --release --buildConfig=build.json

or with Ionic as

  ionic build android --release --buildConfig=build.json

The signed file will be generated under the new folder structure at