how to make apk file in ionic

By December 15, 2016 No Comments

Ionic is a complete open source SDK for hybrid application development. It is based on AngularJS and Apache Cordova. By using Ionic you can make mobile applications by using web technologies like HTML5, CSS, SASS and JavaScript. So you are reading this post means you know about Ionic and want to make an apk in ionic framework . Making apk file in Ionic is not hard.

Requirements To Make apk in Ionic:

  • First of all you will need Android SDK installed on your computer ( While installing please carefully accept all agreements related to SDK in order to avoid some common errors while releasing apk file)
  • You also need JDK (java Development Kit)
  • KeyTool

building apk in ionicSteps To Make apk In Ionic :

  • First of all go to your ionic project folder.
  • Press shift and right click simultaneously . Now you will see open command window here option. Click it. The command window will be opened.
  • Now in the command prompt type the following command to add android platform into your project.
    ionic platform add android
  • Now you can see that, A platform folder is created in the project folder.
  • Now to build an apk file, type the following command
    Ionic build android --release
  • Now it will build an apk file. You can find that apk file at Platforms\Android\Build\Outputs\apk location.
  • Remember, By these steps it will make an unsigned apk.


How To Sign The Apk File :

  • First of all make sure that keytool is installed on your system. If not then install it.
  • Now go to your project folder and open command prompt. Then type the following command.
    keytool -genkey -v -keystore my-release-key.keystore -alias alias_name -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -validity 10000
  • It will ask you for some basic informations. After completing all informations, it will generate a keystore file which is named as my-release-key.keystore .
  • Now sign your apk by entering the following command. Remember keep your previous apk file and keystore file at same folder. Then run the following command.
    jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore my-release-key.keystore HelloWorld-release-unsigned.apk alias_name
  • After doing everything correctly, it will give u a message that jar signed. Now you can use that apk file everywhere u want.

The method is same for Ionic2 too. So by this way you can build apk files in ionic frameworks.



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