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Version: v3

Using Capacitor with Ionic Framework


Capacitor can be installed directly into any new or existing Ionic app.

New Ionic Project

Capacitor is installed in new Ionic apps by default! All you have to do is start a new project:

ionic start

If you'd like a tutorial for building your first Ionic/Capacitor app, see this tutorial.

Existing Ionic Project

Install and initialize Capacitor with your app name and bundle ID:

ionic integrations enable capacitor

Ionic Framework makes use of the APIs in the following plugins:

For the best user experience, you should make sure these plugins are installed even if you don't import them in your app:

npm install @capacitor/app @capacitor/haptics @capacitor/keyboard @capacitor/status-bar

If your Ionic app uses Cordova, you will want to read the Migrating from Cordova to Capacitor guide as well.

Add Platforms

After Capacitor installed, you can add native platforms to your app:

ionic capacitor add

This will create a new directory in the root of your project for the native platform. This directory is a native project that should be considered a source artifact. Learn more about native project management.


Build your Ionic App

Capacitor JavaScript libraries are bundled into your app, so the web asset build is no different after Capacitor is installed.

ionic build

This creates the web asset directory that Capacitor copies into native projects, configured via webDir in the Capacitor configuration.

Ionic CLI Capacitor Commands

The Ionic CLI has a variety of high-level commands that wrap the Capacitor CLI for convenience. See the documentation for each below. Help output is also available by using the --help flag after each command.

Learn more about development workflow in Capacitor ›