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Appcelerator Packager for NPM

Package many types of components for Appcelerator Titanium, Alloy and Arrow projects for distribution via NPM, including modules and support for nested dependencies.

NOTE: The packager only updates/adds a package.json and appc-npm postinstall executable. It adds no dependencies and does not change your code.

Install the packager NPM

$ [sudo] npm install -g appc-npm

Package & Publish to NPM

Simply navigate to your Titanium module or library, Alloy widget, sync adapter, Arrow connector or other component and run appc-npm <type> [src] with the component type and optional path (defaulting to CWD).

$ cd myWidget

$ appc-npm widget
+ alloy-widget-myWidget@1.0.0

$ npm publish
+ alloy-widget-myWidget@1.0.0

You probably want to check package.json before you publish and set fields like description, homepage, bugs, license and repository.

Install a package from NPM

$ npm install alloy-widget-myWidget --save

> alloy-widget-myWidget@1.0.0 postinstall /Users/fokkezb/myProject/node_modules/alloy-widget-myWidget
> node ./appc-npm

alloy-widget-myWidget@1.0.0 node_modules/alloy-widget-myWidget

After which you'll find the widget in:


For modules and widgets the bundled installer will also update the tiapp.xml and app/config.json to add the dependency.

Support for nested dependencies

You can add dependencies to other Appcelerator dependencies on NPM to the package.json of your packaged component. So if your Alloy widget depends on a library, module or other widget then you can install them all in one go.

$ npm install alloy-widget-myWidget --save

> alloy-widget-myWidget@1.0.0 postinstall /Users/fokkezb/myProject/node_modules/alloy-widget-myWidget
> node ./appc-npm

> appc-lib-xp.ui@1.0.0 postinstall /Users/fokkezb/myProject/node_modules/alloy-widget-myWidget/node_modules/appc-lib-xp.ui
> node ./appc-npm

alloy-widget-myWidget@1.0.0 node_modules/alloy-widget-myWidget
├── appc-lib-xp.ui@1.0.0

After which you'll find the widget and the lib it depends on in:


Update a package

Run the command again to update the packaged installer and update the package.json's version (for modules and widgets) and list of files to ignore or unzip by the installer. It will not overwrite any other changes you made to the package.json.

$ appc-npm widget
+ alloy-widget-myWidget@1.0.1

Types of Components

You can package the following types of components:


Titanium modules. Run it in the folder above the platform folders to package the most recent distribution ZIP file of each platform. Run it in a platform folder to package only that one.

Reads the manifest to populate the package.json. It will check if the moduleid is available on NPM and fall back to ti-module-<moduleid> as name. It wil sum the versions of all platforms to be the package version.

Only the most recent ZIP file of each platform and the appc-npm installer are added to the package.json's files property so that only these will be packaged and published to NPM and not the full module source.


Titanium, Alloy or Arrow CommonJS libraries. Searches for the first .js and uses alloy-sync-<filename> as the package name and 1.0.0 for the version. All other files are ignored for the installer.


Alloy Widgets. Uses widget.json to populate the package.json and ignores that same file for the installer. It will check if the widget id is available on NPM and fall back to alloy-widget-<id> as the package name.


Alloy sync adapters. Searches for the first .js and uses alloy-sync-<filename> as the package name and 1.0.0 for the version. All other files are ignored for the installer.


Alloy themes. Uses alloy-sync-<dirname> as the package name and 1.0.0 for the version. It ignores the generated package.json for the installer.


Arrow connectors. Searches for package.json to determine the target for the installer and will update the file with the postinstall script and appc-npm property, leaving the name and version as it is.


Arrow post or pre-blocks. Searches for the first .js to determine the base path and adds that file to the list of paths to copy to the project. The default package name is arrow-block-<filename> and version is 1.0.0.

Module API

You can also require appc-npm as a module, which is exactly what the CLI does.

Test Travis Dependency Status devDependency Status

To lint and run all tests you need Grunt and a recent version of NPM:

$ [sudo] npm install -g grunt
$ [sudo] npm install -g npm
$ npm install
$ npm test

To run a specific test by name (without -test.js):

$ grunt test --test <test>

To get a coverage report:

$ grunt cover


To add new types of components, provide a PR with a type, fixture and test.


Please report issues and features requests in the repo's issue tracker.


Distributed under MIT License.


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