Our First Ionic App

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It's been a while for me since I've made an app, you must realize I did build apps for a living at one stage, and these were all built in Ionic.

Even though we are now years ahead, Ionic is still a solid bet, so let me guide you through making our first app in Ionic.

What is Ionic? permalink

Ionic is an open-source mobile UI Toolkit to create cross-platform native and web applications. Basic a framework to create hybrid apps.

Nowadays, they support multiple languages, which is amazing; you can choose Angular/React or Vue.

Installing the Dependencies permalink

Getting started with Ionic is quite easy nowadays.

Make sure you have node installed!

Open your favorite terminal of choice (iTerm2) and run the following command:

npm install -g @ionic/cli

Then we can start creating our app

ionic start ionicApp tabs

This will start a boilerplate application with a tabbar menu.

The start command will prompt us with some questions:

  • Framework, we can choose angular/react (I'll be doing Angular)
  • Integrate Capacitor (Click yes)

Ionic has a full market place where we can get even more starter templates: Ionic Marketplace

Once this command is run, we are ready to run our app for the first time.

Running our Ionic App permalink

So the install is done, now what.

We cd into the folder using cd ionicApp and run the command:

ionic serve

This will install all packages and open our dev server in the browser.

You will now see a basic application with three tabs at the bottom. Feel free to navigate through the tabs to see what happens.

Ionic Structure permalink

We will go more in-depth into making new pages in another article, but let's quickly open the project in our editor.

The application itself sits inside the src folder. In there we can find the following folders:

  • app: Holds the actual pages and root app.component, it also holds the app-routing which handles the routes.
  • assets: Holds the icon and any assets we want to use
  • environments: Here, we find a local and prod file, we can add our variables here as well.
  • theme: Holds a variable file, inside we can overwrite ionic variables.

There you have it, our first introduction to Ionic. Let's see what we can make and change to it.

Feel free to download the starter project on GitHub.

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