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Social Sharing in Ionic 2 With Ionic Native

Published on November 21, 2016
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    By Alligator.io

    Social Sharing in Ionic 2 With Ionic Native

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    Social Sharing is a plugin that’s available as part of Ionic Native and it allows to easily add native sharing functionality to your apps. Here’s how it’s done:

    First install the Social Sharing Ionic Native plugin from the command line:

    $ ionic plugin add cordova-plugin-x-socialsharing
    
    

    Then import it in your component:

    import { SocialSharing } from 'ionic-native';
    

    Here’s how you would use it with the shareWithOptions() method available with the Social Sharing plugin. shareWithOptions() triggers the device’s native share sheet:

    shareRecipe() {
      SocialSharing.shareWithOptions({
        message: `${this.title} - ${this.description}: ${this.recipeUrl}`
      }).then(() => {
        console.log('Shared!');
      }).catch((err) => {
        console.log('Oops, something went wrong:', err);
      });
    }
    

    The markup in your template can then look something like this:

    <button ion-button (click)="shareRecipe()">
      <ion-icon name="share"></ion-icon>
    </button>
    

    This is one feature that you’ll want to test out on a real device. There are also a number of additional methods available to test if sharing is possible or to share to specific channels. See the official documentation.

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