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Get started with Ionic

Follow our Getting Started guides for building high-quality Ionic apps with the web tech you know and love.

  1. Install Ionic

    npm install -g ionic

    First, install Node.js. Then, install the latest Ionic command-line tools in your terminal. Follow the Android and iOS platform guides to install required tools for development.

    If you’re new to the command line, read our Terminal tutorial
  2. Start an app

    ionic start myApp tabs

    Create an Ionic App using one of our ready-made app templates, or a blank one to start fresh. Check out the Market for more designs.

    For v1 projects, use the --type ionic1 flag.

    $ ionic start myApp blank
    $ ionic start myApp tabs
    $ ionic start myApp sidemenu
  3. Run your app

    cd myApp 
    ionic serve

    Much of your app can be built right in the browser with ionic serve. We recommend starting with this workflow.

    When you're ready to deploy your app to a real device, check out our Deploying guide.

  4. Supercharge your app

    ionic link

    Update your app remotely, build native binaries in the cloud, and share your app easily with others, all from the Ionic Appflow dashboard.

  5. Dashboard preview

Learn more about Ionic Appflow.

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