If you're new to mobile development or the force.com platform, you may want to start at the Mobile SDK landing page. This page offers a variety of resources to help you determine the best technology path for creating your app, as well as many guides and blog posts detailing how to work with Mobile SDK.
But assuming you're all read up, here's how to get started with the forcedroid package to create the starting point for your mobile application.
Because forcedroid is a command-line utility, we recommend installing it globally so that it's easily accessible on your path:
sudo npm install forcedroid -g
You're of course welcome to install it locally as well:
npm install forcedroid
In local installations, you can access the forcedroid app at
For the rest of this document, we'll assume that
forcedroid is on your path.
forcedroid with no arguments gives you a breakdown of the usage:
-> forcedroid forcedroid: Tool for building an Android native mobile application using Salesforce Mobile SDK Usage: # create an Android native mobile application forcedroid create --apptype=application type (native, native_kotlin) --appname=application name --packagename=app package identifier (e.g. com.mycompany.myapp) --organization=organization name (your company's/organization's name) [--outputdir=output directory (leave empty for current directory)] OR # create an Android native mobile application from a template forcedroid createwithtemplate --templaterepouri=template repo URI --appname=application name --packagename=app package identifier (e.g. com.mycompany.myapp) --organization=organization name (your company's/organization's name) [--outputdir=output directory (leave empty for current directory)] OR # show version of Mobile SDK forcedroid version OR forcedroid
Note: You can specify any or all of the arguments as command line options as specified in the usage. If you run
forcedroid create with missing arguments, it prompts you for each missing option interactively.
Once the creation script completes, you'll have a fully functioning basic application of the type you specified. The new application has an Android Studio workspace that you can peruse, run, and debug.
App Type: The type of application you wish to develop:
App Name: The name of your application
App Package Identifier: The Java package identifier for your app (e.g.
com.acme.mobile_apps). Note: Your package name must be formatted as a valid Java package name, or you will receive an error.
Organization: The name of your company or organization. For example,
Acme Widgets, Inc.
Output Directory: ( Optional ) The folder where you want your app to be created.
After your app has been created, you will see some on-screen instructions for next steps, such as building and running your app, importing the project into Android Studio, and changing the default Connected App (sample) configuration values to match your own Connected App.
You can find the
forceios npm package here to develop Mobile SDK apps for iOS.
You can find the
forcehybrid npm package here to develop Mobile SDK hybrid apps for iOS and Android.
You can find the
forcereact npm package here to develop Mobile SDK react native apps for iOS and Android.
The Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS source repository lives here.
The Salesforce Mobile SDK for Android source repository lives here.
See our developerforce site for more information about how you can leverage Salesforce Mobile SDK with the force.com platform.
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