Start building with Ionic!

Follow these quick 3 steps to build mobile apps faster with the web technologies you know and love.

Questions? Head over to our Community Forum to Worldwide Slack Channel to chat with other developers building Ionic apps.

Welcome to the Ionic v1 getting started guide! Looking for our v2 getting started guide? Head over here.

Start building with Ionic!

These three simple steps will have you building high-quality mobile apps in minutes. For a more in-depth overview, watch our Crash Course video, or take our free online Ionic and Angular course, Appcamp.

Install Ionic

First, install Node.js 6.x LTS. Then, install the latest Cordova and Ionic command-line tools in your terminal (read our Terminal tutorial if you're new to the command line!). Follow the Android and iOS platform guides to install required tools for iOS and Android development.

npm install -g cordova ionic
Windows users: We strongly recommend Visual Studio Community for development which comes with everything you need (including templates!)

Start a project

Create an Ionic project using one of our ready-made app templates, or a blank one to start fresh.

ionic start myApp tabs
--type ionic1
ionic start myApp blank --type ionic1
ionic start myApp tabs --type ionic1
ionic start myApp sidemenu --type ionic1

Run it

Use the Ionic tool to build, test, and run your apps (or use Cordova directly). Make sure to substitute iOS with Android to build for Android.

cd myApp
ionic cordova platform add ios
ionic cordova build ios
ionic cordova emulate ios

Yep, it's that easy. So what's next?

Head on over to the Docs and join the Forum to connect with other Ionic devs.
Then, check out some of our helpful tools and services to help you build better apps!

Ionic Creator

Jumpstart your all Ionic apps with our rapid drag-and-drop visual prototyping tool. Export clean, ready-to-use ionic code!

Learn more

Ionic Cloud

Scale your app with features like native app building, user authentication, push notifications, and real-time deploy services.

Learn more

Enterprise Framework

Looking for expert support from the Ionic Framework team on your next enterprise app? Get in touch.

Learn more