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In case you didn’t know, one of the great tools available to Ionic developers is Ionic View, an app built to help rapidly bring your app to a device without complicated SDK tools and provisioning.

Available for iOS and Android, Ionic View makes it easy to test and share your app directly on the device. A developer, client, customer, or friend can download Ionic View, enter the App ID for your app, and immediately load and test the app. With hundreds of thousands of installs, Ionic View is becoming a core part of the Ionic development experience.

Here are some of the ways Ionic developers are using Ionic View today:

  • Testing on their iOS and Android devices without dealing with complicated device configuration and provisioning profiles

  • Sending new versions of their app to clients and customers for feedback without complicated beta provisioning

  • Selling templates and apps to customers, who can test it right on their phones

  • Deploying to iOS without owning a Mac, and without paying for an iOS developer account

Since Ionic apps are primarily built with web content, it’s uniquely built to allow for this kind of rapid testing that pure native developers can’t easily do.

In 2016, we are going to be adding a number of major features and improvements to Ionic View, increasing its role as a major Ionic development tool. To get started with Ionic View today, download the app on iOS or Android, and get building!

PS: Ionic View is built with Ionic! We think it shows the power and capability of Ionic, so it makes a great demo of the framework.

  • PatrickMcDonald

    As it is now, I think Ionic View is a hindrance to development rather than a benefit.

    – Too many plugins are unsupported.

    – There are issues that you’ll think are bugs, but are just the nature of running via the app. These are hard to find and not well documented, and you’ll spend time trying to fix them when you would have been better off testing on devices and with the emulator.

    – The hurdles are too high for others to test. Users need to set up an Ionic account and remember that login info. AppGyver’s barcode scan should be copied.

    There are probably other issues that I’m forgetting. Start testing on devices and use TestFlight or similar. Avoid Ionic View until the next version.

    • yesimahuman

      Thanks for the feedback, we will be addressing a number of these issues this spring. I think it’s important to know where View fits into the lifecycle of the development process. It’s great for initial testing and getting ideas out. Once you get really deep and close to app release, you’ll naturally graduate to the official beta testing tools on iOS and Android, we just help you get there more quickly.

      It’s worth noting that many people find the tool very useful today (as evidenced by the reviews in the app store), but it’s not perfect yet and we’re starting on the next iteration as we speak.

  • Airton Castro

    Any chances to come to windows 10 mobile ??

  • Scott Lowe

    Will this work with Ionic 2 apps?

  • Mark Tucker

    Does Ionic View support Cordova plug-ins? For example, I develop an app that makes use of the device’s GPS. Can I deploy that app via Ionic View to both Android and iOS and the GPS info be shown? Does it support Ionic Native or additional Cordova plug-ins not included in Ionic Native? I am primarily interested in Ionic 2 apps. Thank you!

    • Dilantha Prasanjith

      well yep it should be working with Ionic Native because now I am gonna do that. Hope you have already got your answer. But this is just for some one coming here for the first time like me.

  • davidtayo

    Interesting for developers!!