Build iOS#

We recommend the use of CapacitorJS for building cross-platform native runtime web apps.

Capacitor features a native iOS bridge that enables developers to communicate between JavaScript and Native Swift or Objective-C code.

Capacitor iOS apps are configured and managed through Xcode, with dependencies managed by CocoaPods.

Getting Started#

Building iOS apps requires some iOS development dependencies to be installed, including Xcode 11 and the Xcode command line tools.

Creating iOS App#

By default, an iOS project is created for every Capacitor project. If you are adding Capacitor to an existing project, you can manually add the iOS project using:

npx cap add ios
npx cap sync

The sync command updates dependencies, and copies any web assets to your project. Always that you install a new Capacitor plugin you'll need to run this sync command.

npx cap copy

To copy web assets only, which is faster if you know you don't need to update native dependencies.

Opening iOS Project#

To open the project in Xcode, run:

npx cap open ios

Running Your App#

Once Xcode is open, just click the Play button to run your app on a Simulator or Device.

iOS running your app

Next steps#

You are now ready to continue developing and building your app. Use the various APIs available, Capacitor or Cordova plugins, or custom native code to build out the rest of your app.


Check for further information at Capacitor docs for iOS