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 the Mobile SDK.
But assuming you're all read up, here's how to get started with the forceios package to create the starting point for your mobile application.
Because forceios is a command-line utility, we recommend installing it globally, so that it's easily accessible on your path:
sudo npm install forceios -g
You're of course welcome to install it locally as well:
npm install forceios
In this case, you can access the forceios app at
For the rest of this document, we'll assume that
forceios is on your path.
forceios with no arguments gives you a breakdown of the usage:
forceios Usage: forceios create --apptype=<Application Type> (native, native_swift, hybrid_local, hybrid_remote) --appname=<Application Name> --packagename=<App Package Identifier> (com.mycompany.myapp) --organization=<Organization Name> (Your company\'s/organization\'s name) --startpage=<App Start Page> (The start page of your remote app. Only required for hybrid_remote) [--outputdir=<Output directory> (Leave empty for current directory)] OR forceios createWithTemplate --templaterepouri=<Template repo URI> --appname=<Application Name> --packagename=<App Package Identifier> (com.mycompany.myapp) --organization=<Organization Name> (Your company\'s/organization\'s name) [--outputdir=<Output directory> (Leave empty for current directory)] OR forceios version OR forceios
Note: You can specify any or all of the arguments as command line options as specified in the usage. If you run
forceios 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 Xcode 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: An identifier for your company, similar to a Java package (e.g.
com.acme.MobileApps). This concatenates with the app name to form the unique identifier for your app in the App Store.
Organization: The name of your company or organization. For example,
Acme Widgets, Inc.
Start Page: ( Required for hybrid_remote apps only ) The starting page of your application on salesforce.com. This is the entry point of your remote application, though it's only the path, not the server portion of the URL. For instance,
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 XCode, and changing the default Connected App (sample) configuration values to match your own Connected App.
You can find the
forcedroid npm package here, to develop Mobile SDK apps for 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 the Salesforce Mobile SDK with the force.com platform.
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