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TiNy CLI Titanium

TiNy is a wrapper for the Appcelerator CLI's run and Titanium CLI's build command that allows you to do the same using less keystrokes. It has built-in recipes, but also allows you to compose and save your own recipes.

WARNING: Version 3.x is once again a wrapper like 1.x and no longer a hook as 2.x

Quick Start npm

  1. Install TiNy via NPM:

    [sudo] npm install -g tn --unsafe-perm
    • You probably need sudo on Mac OS.
    • You need --unsafe-perm to allow TiNy to uninstall the 2.x hook if needed.
  2. If for some reason uninstalling the 2.x hook failed, use the TiNY CLI to do so:

    tn uninstall
  3. Generate recipes for all connected simulators, emulators and devices:

    tn generate
  4. Build a project for iPhone 6 Simulator using the generated recipe:

    tn iphone-6
    tn iphone-6 --another-recipe
    • Notice that since 3.0 is no longer a hook and you ned tn instead of ti.
    • Notice that since 4.0 you no longer need tn r or tn b, just use tn.
    • Only the first recipe after tn does not need to start with --.
    • If the recipes does end up giving a command as first arg, it will default to build
  5. Compose a custom recipes mixing others (--ah) and an option value (%s):

    tn save ci \
    -b \
    --pp-uuid 37304C9F-B2E0-490A-9800-0448A33BECE9 \
    --distribution-name "Jeff Haynie (E8978765FC)" \
    --ah \
    --installr --installr-release-notes %s
  6. Ship it:

    tn ci "a great update"


A recipe is simply a flag or option that stands for a group of other arguments, which may in turn include other recipes. There are built-in recipes, but you can also add your own or override built-ins.

  • List all recipes: tn list

Colors will show you which recipes are built-in, user and user-overrides.

Option recipes

Most recipes are flags, but a receipe can also be an option. If a recipe is followed by an argument value, TiNy assumes the recipe to be an option and replace any occurences of %s in the recipe with the value. See step 4 of the Quick Start for an example.

Built-in recipes

These are the current built-in recipes. If you have handy custom recipes you think everybody should have, please send a PR or open a ticket to have them added to the built-ins.

  • Don't forget that since 2.0 recipes are options and start with --.
  • Only the first recipe does not need to start with --.
name recipe
android --platform android
blackberry --platform blackberry
ios --platform ios
mobileweb --platform mobileweb
tizen --platform tizen
ipad --device-family ipad
iphone --device-family iphone
ip --iphone
universal --device-family universal
uni --universal
watch --ios --launch-watch-app
appstore --ios --target dist-appstore
as --appstore
playstore --android --target dist-playstore
play --playstore
ps --playstore
distribute --blackberry --target distribute
dist --distribute
adhoc --ios --target dist-adhoc
ah --adhoc
emulator --target emulator
emu --emulator
simulator --target simulator
sim --simulator
device --target device
ioses --ios --device --device-id all
droid --android --device
desktop -output-dir ~/Desktop
ip7 --sim-version 7.1 --sim-type iphone
ip6 --sim-version 6.1 --sim-type iphone
ipad7 --sim-version 7.1 --sim-type ipad
ipad6 --sim-version 6.1 --sim-type ipad
key-password --key-password %s --key-password %s --platform android
android-sdk --android-sdk %s --platform android
avd-abi --avd-abi %s --platform android
keystore --keystore %s --platform android
alias --alias %s --platform android
store-password --store-password %s --platform android
avd-skin --avd-skin %s --platform android
ip-address --ip-address %s --platform blackberry
debug-token --debug-token %s --platform blackberry
keystore-password --keystore-password %s --platform blackberry
ndk --ndk %s --platform blackberry
password --password %s --platform blackberry
force-copy --force-copy --platform ios
force-copy-all --force-copy-all --platform ios
retina --retina --platform ios
sim-64bit --sim-64bit --platform ios
sim-focus --sim-focus --platform ios
tall --tall --retina --platform ios
device-family --device-family %s --platform ios
ios-version --ios-version %s --platform ios
pp-uuid --pp-uuid %s --platform ios
distribution-name --distribution-name %s --platform ios
sim-version --sim-version %s --target simulator --platform ios
keychain --keychain %s --platform ios
developer-name --developer-name %s --target device --platform ios
sim-type --sim-type %s --target simulator --platform ios

Custom recipes

The user recipes are stored in ~/.tn.json and override built-in recipes sharing the same name. Use the TiNy CLI to edit them:

tn save ios --target android # overrides the built-in ios-recipe
tn rename ios confusing      # restores the built-in ios-recipe
tn remove confusing          # deletes the confusing custom recipe
tn reset                     # deletes the ~/.tn.json file
Generating Device/Emulator/Simulator recipes

You can generate user recipes for all connected devices, emulators and simulators by running tn generate. This will automatically create new recipes like:

  iphone-5s: --platform ios --target simulator --device-id 2592EB13-534C-4E05-8D58-110D0261BDE3
  iphone-5s-ios71: --platform ios --target simulator --device-id 2AE900F4-4349-4AD9-9AC4-CFD881BD5877
  iphone-jason: --platform ios --target device --device-id daf492502fffe744842280370ed6dcc740eda657
  samsung-galaxy-s4-43-api-18-1080x1920: --platform android --target emulator --device-id "Samsung Galaxy S4 - 4.3 - API 18 - 1080x1920"

Project recipes

Project recipes override both user and built-in recipes. The are stored in the current working directory in a file called tn.json. To edit this file instead of the global user file add project before the save, rename, remove and reset commands:

tn project save ios --target android # overrides the built-in (and custom) ios-recipe
tn project rename ios confusing      # restores the built-in (or custom) ios-recipe
tn project remove confusing          # deletes the confusing custom recipe
tn project reset                     # deletes the tn.json file

Command recipes

Any recipe can be used as a command as well. Like the Quick Start shows you can do tn ipad instead of tn --ipad. If the first argument is a valid recipe name TiNy will turn it into a flag/option and continue as normal.

Verbose mode

If you want to know exactly what TiNy is doing, e.g. when you're composing a new recipe, you can enable verbose-mode by passing --verbose as one of the arguments. Apart from showing how TiNy cooks the end-result, it will also pause before actually executing it, asking if you want to save it as a recipe, just run it or exit.

Other features

Resolving aliases

TiNy will convert abbreviations (-T) to their full names (--target). It needs to this for the next feature.

Resolving duplicates

TiNy will resolve any duplicate options and flags in order of appearance.


  • Restore some of the smarts lost in the 2.0 rewrite.
  • Add more built-in recipes.


  • 4.2.1: Fixes issue generating certain simulators with special characters in their names
  • 4.2.0: Adds --prefer-appc and --prefer-ti to override automatic detection to use appc or ti CLI.
  • 4.0.0: Removed the need to use tn r or tn b thanks to appc-compat
  • 3.0.0: Reverted TiNy from hook back to wrapper, supporting both ti build and appc run.
  • 2.3.0: Fixes for TiNy not to mess when run via Studio or AppC CLI
  • 2.2.0: Adds generating device/emulator/simulator recipes (tn generate).
  • 2.1.0: Re-introduces command recipes (and fixes postinstall for npm link).
  • 2.0.0: Rewrite using traditional flags/options format for recipes.
  • 1.0.0: Rewrite dropping support for T=emulator and T:emulator notations.
  • 0.1.0: Original version.


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