Quick Ionic 2 CLI Reference

Published on January 11, 2017


    Quick Ionic 2 CLI Reference

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    The Ionic 2 CLI can do many things for us and save us from writing a lot of boilerplate code. It for example generate pages and services, run, emulate or build your projects and generate app resources. Sometimes though we just can’t seem to remember the command we need. This quick reference should help-out for some of the most useful commands.

    Installing the CLI

    If you don’t have the Ionic CLI installed yet, install it with npm:

    $ npm install -g ionic

    Or with Yarn:

    $ yarn global add ionic

    Checking your install

    Use info to get information about your Ionic environment and version:

    $ ionic info

    Starting a new project

    Starts a new Ionic 2 project with the blank template:

    $ ionic start MyProject blank --v2

    The available templates are tabs, sidemenu and blank. If no template is provided, the project will default to using the tabs template.

    Adding platforms

    Add a target platform to your project like this:

    $ ionic platform add android


    Serve your app on your local machine with serve:

    $ ionic serve

    Serve on a different port:

    $ ionic serve --port 7777

    Serve with –lab to see your app side by side on multiple platforms:

    $ ionic serve --lab

    Serve without live reload:

    $ ionic serve --nolivereload

    Generating pages and providers

    Generate a new page:

    $ ionic g page NewPage

    Generate a service (provider):

    $ ionic g provider AppLogger

    List the available generators:

    $ ionic g --list

    Building a project

    Use the build command to build a project for the targeted platforms:

    $ ionic build

    Build only to a specific platform by providing the platform name:

    $ ionic build ios

    Build for production:

    $ ionic build ios --prod --release

    Generating resources

    Generate the app icon and splash screen with resources:

    $ ionic resources

    Generate resources for a specific platform:

    $ ionic resources android

    Generate just the icon:

    $ ionic resources --icon

    Just the splash screen:

    $ ionic resources --splash


    Start your app on an emulator:

    $ ionic emulate ios

    Emulate with live reload:

    $ ionic emulate ios --livereload

    Emulate in debug mode:

    $ ionic emulate ios --debug


    Run on a connected iOS device:

    $ ionic run ios --device

    Run with debug info:

    $ ionic run android --debug

    Run for production:

    $ ionic run android --prod --release

    Ionic Native

    Add an Ionic Native plugin to your project:

    $ ionic plugin add cordova-plugin-contacts

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