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Ionic starter project based on generator-gulp-angular generated code. When in doubt how to use this project reference Gulp Angular Generator documentation.



Install the necessary dependencies in the project folder.

$ npm install
$ bower install

Module Setup

App module name is "starter". If you want to use this as a skeleton for your Ionic project

  • Find all occurrences of starter in JS and JSON files
  • Replace starter them with your project name.
  • Open index.html and replace ng-app="starter" with your project name.

Since Ionic 2 and Angular 2 are just around the corner I don't see the need to create a Yeoman generator.

Directory Structure

Best Practice Recommendations for Angular App Structure

  • The project uses "Best Practice Recommendations for Angular App Structure". It's important to read the recommendations. Don't omit this step.
  • Unit tests are named *.specs.js and *.mock.js and are located in the respective components folders.
  • You'll have the default Ionic Starter Project implemented in the Angular best practices. Do follow this structure. You'll find it rewarding when working on large projects.

Warning: the first file of a type in a folder is often missed by the Gulp watch, try to relaunch Gulp if it happens.


List of features included in the project:

  • SASS
  • bower to manage dependencies
  • ng-cordova (no cordova plugins installed, only the js library)
  • ionic
  • eslint
  • Unit tests with Karma and Jasmine

Bower JSON is updated to include all the necessary overrides for the project to work out of the box without the need for you to change anything.

Gulp Tasks

Use Gulp tasks

  • gulp or gulp build to build an optimized version of your application in /dist
  • gulp serve to launch a browser sync server on your source files
  • gulp serve:dist to launch a server on your optimized application
  • gulp test to launch your unit tests with Karma
  • gulp test:auto to launch your unit tests with Karma in watch mode
  • gulp protractor to launch your e2e tests with Protractor
  • gulp protractor:dist to launch your e2e tests with Protractor on the dist files

More information on the gulp tasks in Gulp Angular Generator User Guide .

Local Testing


You can test locally by using gulp serve. It runs with BrowserSync.

There is a mocked cordova.js in src/mocks folder. It will be served instead of the original cordova.js when testing in the browser.

Disable CORS

When developing a Cordova app you'll need CORS turned off. On Chrome you can do this in 2 ways:

  • Add --disable-web-security --user-data-dir to you Chrome shortcut. Before testing kill all chrome tasks and then run the browser again


  • Install a CORS disabling extension from the Chrome Store.


You'll notice that www folder doesn't exist. This folder is required for your Cordova app to run. Run gulp build to generate the www folder. You'll need to always run gulp build before running ionic run or build tasks.


$ gulp build
$ ionic run ios



There is included support for angular-translate if you need localization. To use angular-translate

  • Install the library: $ bower install angular-translate --save
  • Create locale folder in src/app
  • For each language create a locale JSON. Name format is locale-<LANGUAGE>.json. Example: locale-en.json, locale-de.json
  • Open src/app/index.module.js and uncomment pascalprecht.translate.

Run gulp serve. There is already an existing locale gulp task. It will generate a javascript file from all your JSON files.

You don't need to load the JSON files manually.

Mocking Cordova Plugins

As already mentioned, there is a mocked cordova.js - app/src/mocks/cordova.js.

Mock any Cordova module you need in this file. This will ensure you can continue testing in the browser without errors.
There is one mocked Cordova plugin used by $cordovaAppVersion.


Ionic starter project based on generator-gulp-angular








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