Help with BUILD FAILED Android Ionic

I tried with “cordova clean”, but I did not work.

Somebody could help me with another solution.



cli packages: (/Users/wilfredonoyola/workspace/statusfy/sf-ionic-1/node_modules)

    @ionic/cli-utils  : 1.19.2
    ionic (Ionic CLI) : 3.20.0

global packages:

    cordova (Cordova CLI) : 8.0.0 

local packages:

    @ionic/app-scripts : 3.1.10
    Cordova Platforms  : android 7.0.0
    Ionic Framework    : ionic-angular 3.9.2


    Android SDK Tools : 26.1.1
    ios-deploy        : 1.9.2 
    Node              : v6.11.3
    npm               : 3.10.10 
    OS                : macOS High Sierra
    Xcode             : Xcode 9.4.1 Build version 9F2000 

Environment Variables:

    ANDROID_HOME : /Users/wilfredonoyola/Library/Android/sdk/


    backend : pro

cordova clean for the win, AFTER adding the multiDexEnabled true to the platform/android/build.gradle file.

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Thanks this worked for me too.

npm i cordova-plugin-multidex Helped for me

Thanks @codiqa100051260, You helped me. I was getting this error after removing a cordova plugin.

Thanks for this. It was all I needed do to. I didn’t have to update the build.gradle file.

As with @virendrashakya, it was after I had removed, then updated a cordova plugin. It was related to the ionic webview vulnerability recently reported. Although Android isn’t affected, I thought I’d better just rebuild my Android version anyway.

thank you .It worked for me too

this worked for me: cordova plugin add --save

as found at

Thank you. cordova clean command saves my day.

Great!, it worked for me too.

For anyone having this problem after updating their cordova and ionic versions to latest, I fixed this by adding the minSdk and targetSdk versions to the config.xml:

    <platform name="android">
        <preference name="android-minSdkVersion" value="21" />
        <preference name="android-targetSdkVersion" value="28" />

I chose 21 as it seems after that min version, the multidex thing isn’t an issue any more when running:

ionic cordova build android


ionic cordova build android --prod

However, when I add the --release flag, it still errors. Will update when I have the fix for that.

Hope this helps.

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