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A generator for the Ionic Framework

Ionic Framework generator

Yeoman generator for creating Ionic hybrid mobile applications using AngularJS and Cordova - lets you quickly set up a project with sensible defaults and best practices.

  • Scaffolding projects with Yeoman
  • Integrated with the ionic-cli
  • Browser LiveReload
  • Emulator LiveReload
  • Sass stylesheets compilation
  • HTML, JavaScript and CSS obfuscation and minification
  • Handles AngularJS dependency injection annotations
  • Icons and Splashscreens support
  • Cordova plugin management hooks
  • Environment Specific Configuration for AngularJS
  • Linting JavaScript
  • Running unit tests
  • Code coverage reporting with istanbul
  • Bundled ripple emulator

Make a new directory, and cd into it

mkdir my-ionic-project && cd $_

Run yo ionic, optionally passing an app name:

yo ionic [app-name]

Run grunt for building / compressing your Ionic app, grunt serve for a browser preview, and grunt serve:compress for a preview of the optimized application.

Make sure you've committed (or backed up) your local changes and install the latest version of the generator via npm install -g generator-ionic, then go ahead and re-run yo ionic inside your project's directory.

The handsome devil is smart enough to figure out what files he is attempting to overwrite and prompts you to choose how you would like to proceed. Select Y for overwriting your Gruntfile.js and bower.json to stay up-to-date with the latest workflow goodies and front-end packages.


├── Gruntfile.js            - Configuration of all Grunt tasks
├── package.json            - Dev dependencies and required Cordova plugins
├── bower.json              - Lists front-end dependencies
├── config.xml              - Global Cordova configuration
├── .gitignore              - Best practices for checking in Cordova apps
├── resources/              - Scaffolded placeholder Icons and Splashscreens
│   ├── ios/
│   ├── android/
├── app/
│   ├── index.html          - Main Ionic app entry point
│   ├── lib/                - Libraries managed by Bower
│   ├── scripts/            - Custom AngularJS Scripts
│   ├── styles/             - Stylesheets
│   ├── templates/          - HTML views
├── platforms/              - Targeted operating systems
├── plugins/                - Native plugins
├── hooks/                  - Cordova lifecycle hooks
├── merges/                 - Platform specific overrides
├── coverage/               - Istanbul reports
├── test/                   - Unit tests
│   ├── spec/
├── www/                    - Copied from app/ to be used by Cordova

Run a local development server with built in filesystem watching support integrated with LiveReload so you can develop your Ionic app in a browser. Since this command uses the ionic-cli under the hood, you can specify any command line flags / options shown here.

$ grunt serve --consolelogs
$ grunt serve:compress

Add a supported Cordova platform as a build target for this project.

$ grunt platform:add:ios
$ grunt platform:add:android

Install a native Cordova plugin either by registry name or repository URL.

$ grunt plugin:add:
$ grunt plugin:add:org.apache.cordova.device
$ grunt

Either emulate your Ionic app inside a simulator or run it on a connected device, optionally enabling LiveReload support to supercharge your development speed and enhance productivity. Note: Any changes to native plugins will still require a full rebuild. This command also uses the ionic-cli under the hood, so these additional flags can be specified.

$ grunt emulate:ios --livereload
$ grunt emulate:ios --lc
$ grunt emulate:ios --target=iPad -lc
$ grunt emulate:android --consolelogs

$ grunt run:ios
$ grunt run:android

Run your Ionic application files located in app/ through the concatenation, obfuscation, and minification pipelines and write the optimized assets to the www/ directory, which allows them to be consumed by either the cordova or ionic command line tools for packaging.

This runs grunt compress to optimize your Ionic app assets and then immediately launches a local development server so that you can preview the compressed application in a browser.

Build your Ionic application for the targeted platform.

$ grunt build:ios --device --release
$ grunt build:android --debug

While running grunt serve or grunt emulate, the build system will be watching your filesystem for changes and linting your JavaScript files on the fly. However, you can invoke JSHint manually by using this command to spot check your Ionic app for linting errors.

Launches the configured karma test running framework using PhantomJS.

Generates a static site containing code coverage reports for your unit tests using Istanbul.

Launch the bundled Ripple emulator by first adding a platform via grunt platform:add:<platform> and then running this command.

For a Getting Started guide, FAQ, and helpful tips, please see the documentation.

MIT License