Ionic Native


Ionic Native is a curated set of Cordova plugins that make it easy to add native functionality to any Ionic app.

These docs are for apps built with Ionic Framework 4.0.0 and greater. For older Ionic v3 projects, please see here.

Ionic Native is available in two editions: Community Edition and Enterprise Edition.

Community Edition

Ionic Native CE is a set of open source plugins maintained by community contributors. Ionic does not maintain, fix, improve, or provide any guarantee that these plugins function.

Enterprise Edition

For teams that require dedicated native plugin support, fixes, improvements, or implementation guidance, Ionic Native EE is available.

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All plugins have two components - the native code (Cordova) and the JavaScript code. Cordova plugins are also wrapped in a Promise or Observable in order to provide a common plugin interface. Below are various framework options using the Camera plugin as an example.


Import the plugin in a @NgModule and add it to the list of Providers. For Angular, the import path should end with /ngx. Angular's change detection is automatically handled.

// app.module.ts
import { Camera } from '@ionic-native/camera/ngx';



  providers: [
export class AppModule { }

After the plugin has been declared, it can be imported and injected like any other service:

// camera.service.ts
import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';
import { Camera, CameraOptions } from '@ionic-native/camera/ngx';

  providedIn: 'root'
export class PhotoService {
  constructor(private camera: Camera) { }

  takePicture() {
    const options: CameraOptions = {
      quality: 100,
    } => {
      // Do something with the new photo

    }, (err) => {
     // Handle error
     console.log("Camera issue: " + err);

Vanilla JavaScript

Ionic Native can also be used in a vanilla JavaScript app targeting ES2015+ and/or TypeScript. To use any plugin, import the class from the appropriate package and use its static methods:

import { Camera } from '@ionic-native/camera';

document.addEventListener('deviceready', () => {
    .then(data => console.log('Took a picture!', data))
    .catch(e => console.log('Error occurred while taking a picture', e));
Edit this page Updated 2019-02-08