Pull-to-refresh with Phonegap  

  Haxe  JQuery  Phonegap   Apr 6, 2013

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been working on some projects that are quite time-consuming; that’s why I can’t (despite having 3 prototypes) work much longer on games for the one game a month challenge.

For one of my apps using Phonegap and JQuery Mobile, I needed a list with the “pull to refresh” fonctionnality. After somes searchs and tests, I ended up using the Jquery Mobile iscrollview widget, that works pretty well.

So here is a quick start for this feature.

First of all, what is this widget for ?

This widget is a JQueryMobile version of the iScroll widget.

According to the autor website :

The script development began because mobile webkit (on iPhone, iPad, Android) does not provide a native way to scroll content inside a fixed width/height element.

By the way, this plugin allows you to use a lot of features like :

  • Pinch / Zoom
  • Pull up/down to refresh
  • Improved speed and momentum
  • Snap to element
  • Customizable scrollbars

The code

Assuming that you have a Phonegap project already initialized, you need to add to your main html file :

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/jquery.mobile.iscrollview.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/jquery.mobile.iscrollview-pull.css" />

<script src="js/iscroll.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/jquery.mobile.iscrollview.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

And a page like this :

<div data-role="page" id="main" data-position="fixed">
    <div data-role="header">
        <h1>Test iScroll</h1>
    <div data-iscroll="" data-role="content" class="iscroll-wrapper">
        <div class="iscroll-pulldown">
            <span class="iscroll-pull-icon"></span>
            <span class="iscroll-pull-label"></span>
        <ul data-role="listview">
            <li>Item 1 culpa aut nam qui</li>
            <li>Item 2 minima quam temporibus quidem</li>
            <li>Item 3 commodi sint facilis numquam</li>
        <div class="iscroll-pullup">
            <span class="iscroll-pull-icon"></span>
            <span class="iscroll-pull-label"></span>

The “list-view” inside the “data-iscroll” tag will now have the “pull to refresh” feature. If you need to do some actions (like refresh the content, …) you have to listen for some events :

var document = untyped __js__("document");
document.addEventListener("deviceready", function(e) 
    new JQuery(function() 
        new JQuery(".iscroll-wrapper").bind(
            iscroll_onpulldown: onPullDown,
            iscroll_onpullup: onPullUp

Here is the complete list of events for the pull-to-refresh feature :

  • iscroll_onpulldown
  • iscroll_onpullup
  • iscroll_onpulldownreset
  • iscroll_onpulldownpulled
  • iscroll_onpulldownloading
  • iscroll_onpullupreset
  • iscroll_onpulluppulled
  • iscroll_onpulluploading

The event callbacks takes two arguments :

onPullDown(event: Event, data: Dynamic):Void

The event argument is a basic JQuery Event. The data argument has only one member : iscrollview, that is the reference to the iscrollview object that made the callback.

And after that, if you want to hide the top or bottom part, just refresh the componant :



You can also custom the pull label text. All these options has default values, but you can custom them all :

  • pullDownResetText (default: “Pull down to refresh…”)
  • pullDownPulledText (default: “Release to refresh…”)
  • pullDownLoadingText (default: “Loading…”)
  • pullUpResetText (default: “Pull up to refresh…”)
  • pullUpPulledText (default: “Release to refresh…”)
  • pullUpLoadingText (default: “Loading…”)

If you want to change those values from the html, just set the correct attribute :

<span class="iscroll-pull-label" data-iscroll-loading-text="Custom loading text" data-iscroll-pulled-text="Custom pulled text">Custom reset text</span>

For more informations, here is the place you want to go.

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