Step 1: Install your development tools
The Chrome Apps for Mobile toolchain can target iOS 6+ and Android 4.x+.
Development dependencies for all platforms
Node.js (we test with versions
- Windows: Install Node.js using the installation executables that you can download from nodejs.org.
curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/master/install.sh | sh source ~/.bash_profile || source ~/.profile || source ~/.bashrc nvm install 0.12 nvm alias default 0.12
When developing an application for Android, you will also need to install:
- Java JDK 6 (or higher)
- Android SDK
- We recommend using the "Get the SDK for an existing IDE" or "Android Studio" methods.
- Linux: The Android SDK requires 32 bit support libraries. On Ubuntu, get these via:
apt-get install ia32-libs.
- Note: On Windows, you need vendor-specific device drivers to connect to certain devices.
Please note that iOS development can only be done on OS X. In addition, you will need to install:
- Xcode 5 (or higher) which includes the Xcode command line tools
- ios-deploy (needed to deploy to an iOS device)
npm install -g ios-deploy
- If you get a "make: command not found" error, then run this first:
export PATH="$PATH:$(xcode-select --print-path)/usr/bin"
- ios-sim (needed to deploy to iOS Simulator)
npm install -g ios-sim
- Optional: Register as an iOS developer
- This is necessary for testing on real devices and for submitting to the app store.
- You can skip registration if you only plan to use the iPhone/iPad simulators.
cca command-line tool
cca via npm:
npm install -g cca
To update the toolchain later with new releases, use the same command:
npm install -g cca.
Confirm that everything is installed correctly by running this command from the command line:
The output should contain the version number of
cca and information about your Android or iOS SDK installation.
Done? Continue to Step 2: Create a project »