Publishing to vivo Mini Games

Starting with v2.0.5, Cocos Creator officially supports the release of games to the vivo Mini Games. It takes just a single click with Cocos Creator to publish to the vivo Mini Game. This document is currently written on the basis of v2.0.6, which is the lowest recommended version to use. If you are using v2.0.5, it is recommended to upgrade to v2.0.6.

Environment Configuration

  • Download Quick App & vivo Mini Game Debugger and vivo Mini Game Engine and install it on your Android device (recommended Android Phone 6.0 or above)

  • Install nodejs-8.1.4 or above, globally:

    Note: After installing nodejs, you need to pay attention to whether the npm source address is https://registry.npmjs.org/

      # View current npm source address
      npm config get registry
    
      # If not, reset the npm source address
      npm config set registry https://registry.npmjs.org/
    
  • Install qgame-toolkit globally:

      npm install -g qgame-toolkit
    

Release Process

First, use Cocos Creator to open the project that needs to be released. Select vivo Mini Game in the Platform dropdown of the Build... panel.

Required parameter items: Filled in according to the user's requirements and the prompt information in the parameter input box. Including App Package Name, App Name, App Icon, App Version Name, App Version Number, Supported Minimum Platform Version Number.

Optional parameter items: Includes Small Packet Mode, Small Packet Mode Server Path and Custom npm folder path (New in v2.0.9).

For the Keystore and two signature files (certificate.pem path and private.pem path), need to select the Keystore or fill in two paths according to user requirements.

The specific filling rules for the relevant parameter configuration are as follows:

  • App Package Name

    App Package Name is required and is filled in according to the user's needs.

  • App Name

    App Name is required. Is the name of the vivo Mini Game. And the Title at the top of the Build panel does not participate in the vivo mini game packaging process.

  • Desktop Icon

    Desktop Icon is required. Click the ... button at the back of the input box to select the icon you want. When building, the Desktop Icon will be built into the OPPO Mini Game project. Desktop Icon suggest using PNG pictures.

  • App Version Name

    This item is required. App Version Name is the real version, such as: 1.0.0.

  • App Version Number

    This item is required. App Version Number is different from the App Version Name, and the App Version Number is mainly used to distinguish the version update. Each time when you submit audit, the app version number is at least 1 higher than the value of the last submitted audit. It must not be equal to or less than the value of the last submitted audit, and it is recommended that the App Version Number be recursively incremented by 1 each time when the audit is submitted. Note: The App Version Number must be a positive integer.

  • Supported Minimum Platform Version Number

    This item is required. Please refer to Official Documentation to check the latest version number of vivo engine.

  • Small Packet Mode and Small Packet Mode Server Path

    This item is optional. The in-package volume of the mini-game contains code and resources that cannot exceed 4M, and resources can be loaded via network requests. Small Packet Mode is to help users keep the script files in the small game package, other resources are uploaded to the remote server, and downloaded from the remote server as needed. And the download, cache and version management of remote resources, Cocos Creator has already helped the user. What the user needs to do is the following two steps:

    1. When building, check the Small Packet Mode and fill in the Small Packet Mode Server Path. Then click on Build.

    2. After the build is complete, click the Open button after the Publish Path to upload the jsb-link/res directory under the release path to the packet mode server. For example, if the default publishing path is build, you need to upload the build/jsb-link/res directory.

    At this point, the built-up qgame directory will no longer contain the res directory, and the resources in the res directory will be downloaded from the filled Small Packet Mode Server Path via the network request.

  • Keystore

    When you check the Keystore, the default is to build the rpk package with a certificate that comes with Creator, which is used only for debugging.

    If you don't check the Keystore, you need to configure the signature files certificate.pem path and private.pem path, where you build a rpk package that you can publish directly. The user can configure two signature files by using the ... button to the right of the input box.

    Note: These two signature files are not recommended to be placed in the build/qgame directory of the publish package, otherwise the build directory will be emptied each time when it is built, resulting in file loss.

    There are two ways to generate a signature files:

    • Generated by the New button after the certificate.pem path in the Build panel.

    • Generated by the command line.

      The user needs to generate the signature file private.pem, certificate.pem through tools such as openssl. The certificate in the build/qgame/sign/debug directory is for debugging purposes only.

      # Generate a signature file with the openssl command tool
      openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout private.pem -x509 -days 3650 -out certificate.pem
      

      Note: The openssl tool can be opened directly in the terminal in linux or Mac environment, and in the Windows environment you need to install openssl and configure system environment variables.

  • Custom npm folder path

    This item is optional. Starting with v2.0.10, the global npm of the operating system can be automatically obtained without manual setting. The way to obtain npm is:

    • Windows: Gets the path in the environment variable from the system.
    • Mac: Gets the path in the environment variable from the configuration file of Shell.

    If not, make sure the npm is properly installed and can be started directly in the command line environment. The obtained npm is used to provide an environment for building rpk. If the npm folder path cannot be found at building, Cocos Creator will only export the game project directory and will not generate the rpk package.

    The npm filling rules below v2.0.10 are as follows:

    • If you do not fill out this item, the Creator will read the npm path in the environment variable by default on the Windows system, and the npm in the /usr/bin/local directory is read by default on the Mac system to build the exported mini game rpk package that can be run.
    • If your PC environment does not have npm installed or cannot read the npm path in the system, you will need to fill out the Custom npm folder path to build and exported rpk package. Fill in the rules as follows:

      • Windows system

        # Get local npm folder path
        where npm
        # If the output is
        C:\Program Files\nodejs\npm
        # Then the local npm folder path is filled in as:
        C:\Program Files\nodejs
        
      • Mac system

        # Get local npm folder path
        which npm
        # If the output is
        /Users/yourname/.nvm/versions/node/v8.1.4/bin/npm
        # Then the local npm folder path is filled in as:
        /Users/yourname/.nvm/versions/node/v8.1.4/bin
        

Second, after the relevant parameters of the Build... panel are set, click Build. After the build is complete, click the Open button behind the Build Path to open the build release package. You can see that the qgame directory is generated under the default release path build directory, which is the exported vivo Mini Game project directory.

And the rpk package will be generated in the /build/qgame/dist directory.

Third, run the packaged rpk to your phone. There are three ways to run rpk on your phone:

  • Method One

    Click the Run button in the Build panel to wait for the QR Code interface to be generated:

    Then open the Quick App & vivo Mini Game Debugger that was installed before on your Android device. Click the Scan code install button to scan the QR Code to open the rpk.

  • Method Two:

    Generate URLs and QR codes using the vivo Mini Game Packer Commands.

      # First assign the command line to the qgame directory
      cd E:\workspace\YourProject\build\qgame
    
      # Generate URL and QR code
      npm run server
    

    Then open the Quick App & vivo Mini Game Debugger that was installed before on your Android device.

    Finally, click the Scan code install button to copy the URL generated in the first step to the browser, and then directly scan the QR code on the web page to open the rpk.

  • Method Three:

    Copy the generated small game rpk file (located in the dist directory of the game project qgame directory) to the mobile phone SD card

    Open the Quick App & vivo Mini Game Debugger that has been installed before on your Android device, click Local Install, then find the rpk file from your phone SD and select Open.

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