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Project Requirements

Mac OS X

A Mac is required to build the mobile application bundles to utilize the Onyx SDKs provided by cordova-plugin-onyx as Xcode is required to build the iOS bundle and Meteor on Windows does not support mobile builds.

  • Node.js
  • Meteor
  • Xcode
  • Android Studio
  • JDK 7

Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS

An Ubuntu Server is required to use the Onyx node module.

  • Node.js
  • MongoDB
  • Onyx
  • forever npm


Mac OS X Setup

Download and install Node.js

Install Meteor

curl | sh

Download and install Xcode Download and install Android Studio Download and install JDK7

Ubuntu Server Setup

Install Node.js

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Install MongoDB

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv 7F0CEB10
echo "deb trusty/mongodb-org/3.0 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.0.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y mongodb-org
sudo service mongod start

Install ONYX

Transfer the onyx-node-bundle to your server

onyx-node-bundle README

Install IDKit

dpkg -i idkit_2.72ubuntu1_amd64.deb

Install ONYX dependencies


Run the following to get the IDKit HWID:


Send DFT the output of this, and they will send you a license to install.

Install the license with the following command:

sudo /usr/local/share/IDKit_PC_SDK/bin/linux_license_manager -d ~/path/to/your/iengine-license.lic 2

Now check the license is correctly installed with

sudo /usr/local/share/IDKit_PC_SDK/bin/linux_license_manager -l

Install Forever - NPM

sudo npm install forever -g

Install NGINX

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nginx
sudo service nginx start


Mac OS X

git clone

cd ionic2-meteor-onyx/app/

mkdir public/stylesheets

npm install

npm start

npm install will load all the dependencies for angular2-meteor, ionic2, and dev dependencies for building the application.

npm start will run the scripts in the package.json to build and start the application.

The scripts in package.json help build the application by using "node-sass" to include the ionic-angular and ionicons node modules when compiling the scss files, "copyfiles" to copy the needed fonts to the applications public directory, and "nodemon" to watch for changes in scss files and rebuild on the fly. Finally they will execute meteor run, passing in a settings.json, to build and start the meteor application.

Ionic stylesheets

The build script will output platform specific css bundles into the public/stylesheets/ directory that we created. The client/index.html includes links to these stylesheets. The method setStyle() in client/app.ts file will set only one of the stylesheets to be active based on the platform style class that Ionic adds to the body tag.


Mac OS X

Setup NGINX reverse proxy server

Edit the /config/nginx/appname.conf

Rename the appname.conf file to the name of your application. Replace all "appname" with the name of your application.

proxy_cache_path /var/cache/nginx levels=1:2 keys_zone=appname_cache:8m max_size=3000m inactive=600m;
upstream appname_backend {

location / {
        proxy_pass         http://appname_backend/;
        # Handle caching
        proxy_cache appname_cache;

Set the upstream port the application will be running (3000)

upstream appname_backend {
    keepalive 64;

Replace with your DNS.

server {
    listen 80;  
    return 301$request_uri;

server {
    listen 443 ssl;

Edit the path of SSL cert and key to where they are located on your server

ssl_certificate         /etc/nginx/SSL/certs/;
ssl_certificate_key     /etc/nginx/SSL/private/;

Meteor Build Command

cd ionic2-meteor-onyx/app/

Replace with your DNS.

meteor build --directory ../build/ --mobile-settings ../config/development/settings.json --server --architecture os.linux.x86_64

--mobile-settings preloads the mobile applications with settings. --server sets the url of the server. --architecture indicates to which OS the server bundle will be deployed. --directory indicates the output path for the build.

Edit the /config/development/ Change the ROOT_URL to your DNS Indicate the reverse proxy port from the NGINX appName.conf file

export METEOR_SETTINGS=$(cat settings.json)
export PORT="3000"
export ROOT_URL=""
export MONGO_URL="mongodb://localhost:27017/ionic2-meteor-onyx-dev"

Next copy the appropriate config environment and nginx config into the server bundle and compress the bundle to be transferred to your DNS.

cp ../config/development/* ../build/bundle/
cp ../config/nginx/appname.conf ../build/bundle/
cd ../build/
tar -zcvf server-bundle.tar.gz bundle/


Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS

Transfer the server-bundle.tar.gz to your DNS (/home/ubuntu/appName/)

cd /home/ubuntu/appName/
tar -zxvf server-bundle.tar.gz
cd bundle/

NGINX Reverse Proxy Configuration

Copy the NGINX .conf file to the NGINX directory

sudo mv appname.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled

Copy the following from the appname.conf file into the /etc/nginx/nginx.conf inside the http{} block

# Add to /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
# http {
#       map $http_upgrade $connection_upgrade {
#           default upgrade;
#           ''      close;
#       }
#       proxy_temp_path /tmp;
#       ssl_session_cache   shared:SSL:10m;
#       ssl_session_timeout 10m;
#   }

Load the new settings

sudo service nginx reload

Install the application, set environment variables, and start the application

cd /home/ubuntu/appName/bundle/programs/server/
npm install
cd ../../
forever -l appName.log -o appNameOut.log -e appNameErrors.log start main.js

If NGINX is configured properly and the application is installed and running you should now be able to open a browser and navigate to to access the application running on port 3000.

Mobile Applications


  • Open Android Studio and make sure it is setup and ready to go.
  • Select Import project (Eclipse ADT, Gradle, etc.)
  • Navigate to and select /ionic2-meteor-onyx/build/android/project
  • Connect an Android device via USB cable.
  • Run the application.

Note: Currently have to manually enable permissions requested by cordova-plugin-onyx. Go to device settings -> Applications -> Application manager -> Ionic2-Meteor-Onyx -> Permissions *Toggle Camera and Storage ON.**


  • Open Finder and navigate to /ionic2-meteor-onyx/build/project/
  • Double click Ionic2-Meteor-Onyx.xcodeproj to open the application in Xcode. Click past any warnings or errors. If asked to Convert to Latest Swift Syntax? select Cancel
  • Connect an iOS device via USB cable.
  • Select the connected device as the target
  • Run the application

Test the application

The application was configured with the settings file and the Url to your DNS. You should now be able to create an account and enroll a fingerprint template to be save on the server. Logout and then enter your email address and tap the fingerprint button to log in using Onyx.