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    TiCons CLI Appcelerator Titanium Appcelerator Alloy

    Command-line and CommonJS module version of TiCons to generate icons and splash screens (aka launch images) for Appcelerator Titanium & Alloy apps.

    Install npm

    As global CLI:

    [sudo] npm install -g ticons

    As a dependency in your projects package.json:

      "name": "your-project",
      "dependencies": {
        "ticons": "*"

    TiCons requires ImageMagick CLI tools to be installed. If you're on OS X you can use the Cactuslab installer or Homebrew:

    brew install imagemagick

    Quick Start

    TiCons can be used both as CLI and CommonJS module.


    Hit ticons -h for full usage, but thanks to Smart Defaults this will work in most cases:

    • Detects if the CWD contains a classic or Alloy project, what platforms are targeted and then generates required icons using iphone/iTunesArtwork@2x as input:

      ~/myproject $ ticons icons
    • Detects if the CWD contains a classic or Alloy project, what platforms are targeted, if the app is locked to one orientation and then generates required splashes using iphone/Default@2x.png as input. If Android is targetted, 9-Patch images will be generated and the required theme.xml created for you if missing.

      ~/myproject ticons splashes
    • Detects if the CWD contains a classic or Alloy project, what platforms are targeted and then generates missing asset densities iphone/images as input. If both iOS and Android MDPI are targetted, images is used for both iOS and Android MDPI.

      ~/myproject ticons assets

    You can specify diferent input (ticons icons myIcon.png) and options to override the defaults for fine-tune the results to your liking.


    For the module use the full option names as properties in the first argument. Specify a callback that accepts an error and result as the second argument.

    var ticons = require('ticons');
    	input: 'icon.png',
    	outputDir: 'foo',
    	targets: ['ipad','android'],
    	classic: true
    }, function (err, output) {
    	if (err) {
    		throw err;
    	console.log('generated files: ' + output.join(', '));

    Smart defaults

    If the outputDir (or -d or CWD if missing) contains a project, TiCons will figure out lots of smart defaults:

    • If the project is classic instead of Alloy.
    • What platforms are targetted (<deployment-targets>).
    • If the app is locked to one orientation (UISupportedInterfaceOrientations etc.).

    In the CLI, you can add the trace (-t) option to see exactly what configuration is used based on your options and the smart defaults.

    Splashes & 9-Patch

    By default TiCons generated 9-Patch splashes for Android. You can disable this using --no-nine (-n) option and as an alternative disable cropping as well using --no-crop (-c) to contain and fill splash screen instead.

    9-Patch best practice

    Understand that TiCons will fit your input image inside the not-long-port-? dimensions and then add 9-Patch black pixels to indicate that only the outer most line of pixels on each side should be stretched. For best results use a square image of 1600x1600 pixels that includes the minimal amount of padding, making sure that the outer most pixels are all of the same color.

    Since 0.6.0 the generated images are named background.9.png so that if you don't use a custom theme and build against Titanium 3.3.0.GA or later the splash will automatically be loaded. If you're using a custom theme, please see the docs on how to use the generated splash background. Also make sure the assets android directory does not contain any old splashes, because else they will take precendece.

    Cropping best practice

    For best results with 9-Patch disabled use a 2048x2048 image that has its main artwork in the center 1024x1024 pixels. Anything outside of that box might be cropped depending on the orientation and ratio of the target splashes.

    Filling best practive

    When cropping is disabled using --no-crop (-c) the input image will be resized to fit instead of cover the target dimension. The remaining area is then filled by stretching the outer most line of pixels on each side, basically simulating 9-Patch, but then for all platforms. For best results, see the best practice for 9-Patch and use 2048x2048 if you support iPad.


    You can use the locale (-l) option to specify a 2-letter locale. Only splashes supporting locale paths will be generated when you use this option.

    Fix or not to Fix

    By default, some errors in the Appcelerator specs related to iOS and Android splash screen dimensions are fixed. Use -no-fix to disable this.


    If you use the iTunesArtwork@2x as input for Android and other platforms icons, you might want to round the corners a bit as only iOS does this for you. Simply pass a percentage between 0 and 50 to --radius (-r). Seems like 18 is about what it was for iOS6.


    The assets command is assumes the following directories:

    • iphone/images for iOS Retina (@2x) and HD Retina (@3x).
    • images for iOS non-retina, Android MDPI and other platforms.
    • android/images/res-* for other Android densities.

    Just run ticons assets in your project root and it will use xxxhdpi, xxhdpi or (HD) Retina images to generate the others, unless the target image is newer or a 9-patch version is found.


    You can also run ticons assets in a widget root, which will cause TiCons to read the target platforms from widget.json instead of tiapp.xml.


    Feel free to fork and contribute towards:

    • Add generating HTML splash for Mobile Web.

    Tests Travis

    1. Install node.js.
    2. Install grunt: [sudo] npm install -g grunt-cli
    3. Clone the repo: git clone && cd ticons-cli && npm install
    4. Run tests: grunt test


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


    Distributed under MIT License.


    npm i ticons@0.9.0





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