Working with Capacitor involves several key additions to your workflow.
Develop and build your Web App
Capacitor turns your web app into a native binary for each platform. Thus, much of your work will consist of developing and then building a mobile-focused web app.
You will interact with the native platform underneath using Capacitor's plugins (such as Camera), or by using existing Cordova plugins with Capacitor's Cordova Compatibility.
npm run build.
Sync your Project
You may wish to sync your web app with your native project(s) in the following circumstances:
- When you want to copy web assets into your native project(s).
- Before you run your project using a Native IDE.
- After you install a new Capacitor plugin.
- After you clone your project.
- When you want to setup or reconfigure the native project(s) for Capacitor.
- When you want to install native dependencies (e.g. with Gradle or CocoaPods).
To sync your project, run:
npx cap sync
If you get an error about not being able to find the web assets directory, you may need to configure
webDirin the Capacitor configuration.
Run your Project
There are a few ways to deploy your project on native devices, depending on your use case. Most common is on the command-line with
npx cap run.
Learn more about running your app on iOS ›
Learn more about running your app on Android ›
Build your Project
After you build your web assets (e.g. with
npm run build) and copy them into your native project(s) with
npx cap sync, you are ready to build a native binary.
Capacitor does not have a "build" command. After
sync, you are encouraged to open your target platform's IDE for building your native app.
For building your app on the command-line or in CI environments, you are encouraged to use your target platform's tooling: Gradle for Android and
xcodebuild for iOS. Third-party tools such as Fastlane may make this easier. Cloud builds and more are available when using Appflow.
To see what the release process looks like for Capacitor, read the publishing guides for iOS and Android.
Open your Native IDE
You may wish to open your project in a Native IDE (e.g. Xcode and Android Studio) in the following circumstances:
- When you want to run your project on a native device using the IDE.
- When you want to debug native Java/Kotlin or Swift/Objective-C code.
- When you want to work on the native side of your app.
- When you want to compile a release build for the app store.
Learn more about opening your app in Xcode ›
Learn more about opening your app in Android Studio ›
To update Capacitor Core and CLI:
npm install @capacitor/cli
npm install @capacitor/core
To update any or all of the platforms you are using:
npm install @capacitor/ios
npm install @capacitor/android
You can subscribe to the Capacitor repo to be notified of new releases. At the top of the repository index, click Watch -> Releases only.
Need to tie into the capacitor cli command events? Check out the hooks here.