The beautiful, open source framework for developing hybrid mobile apps with HTML 5

Demo Time

In < 10 minutes

  • Create New Project

  • Pull in some data

  • Deploy to Android Device

"So you want to build a native app?"

More Platforms.  More Problems.

Why are we still coding for multiple platforms?

"Is there an alternative?"


"I have heard hybrid apps are slow!"

Mobile devices have rapidly improved!

Year Device Processor RAM
2007 iPhone 620 MHz 128 MB
2010 iPhone 4 1 GHz 512 MB
2015 iPhone 6 1.4 GHz dual-core 1 GB

Web Technologies You

Already Know and Love

Standing on the Shoulders of AngularJS

  • Proven for large-scale webapp development

  • Extends the HTML vocabulary

  • UI Components using Directives and Services

Plain ol' CSS

  • Cohesive visual system

  • Clean and simple

  • Easy to customize

  • Stand-alone CSS 

  • CSS generated from the Sass preprocessor

  • Quickly give your app its own look and feel

  • CSS designed to be easily overridden

  • Variables based with default settings

  • 80+ reusable and useful mixins

Performance Obsessed

  • Hardware accelerated animations

  • Minimal DOM Manipulation

  • Removed 300ms tap delay

Native Focused

  • Modeled off of native SDKs

  • Built to work with Cordova

Supported Devices

iOS 6+

Android 4+

What about Windows Phone?

  • Supports ms-appx protocol Cordova uses 

  • Improved the click/drag/scrolling behavior.

  • Created a fix for ng-show in IE

  • Removed the IE “squish” effect.

  • Added a fixed range input display

  • Set default spinner to one that animates properly 

Future with Windows Phone?

  • Number of issues around tap, click, activator behavior 

  • Ionic is working with some Microsoft team members to address Windows Phone issues more directly.

"How does it all come together?"

Your App
WebView (Cordova)
Native SDK

But wait...

There is




Ionic Built-In UI Elements

i.e. Web SDK


Over 600 MIT licensed font-icons included


<div class="list">

  <div class="item item-divider">
    Candy Bars

  <a class="item" href="#">

  <a class="item" href="#">
    Kit Kat



Complex List

         ng-repeat="item in items" 
    <img ng-src="{{ item.pic }}">
    <h2>{{ }}</h2>
    <p>{{ item.quote }}</p>

Collection Repeat

    collection-repeat="item in contacts" 
    class="item item-avatar" 
       <p> </p>


<ion-tabs class="tabs-icon-only">
  <ion-tab title="Home" 

  <ion-tab title="Feedback"

  <ion-tab title="Messages" 

Side Menu


  <ion-side-menu side="left">
    <header class="bar bar-header bar-positive">
      <div class="title">Projects</div>
    <ion-content has-header="true">
      <div class="list">
        <a href="#/work" class="item">Work</a>
        <a href="#/home" class="item">Home</a>


Slide Box

    Slide 1
    Slide 2
    Slide 3

Action Sheet

  titleText: 'Modify your album',
  buttons: [
    { text: 'Share' },
    { text: 'Move' },
  destructiveText: 'Delete',
  cancelText: 'Cancel',
  buttonClicked: function(index) {
    console.log('BUTTON CLICKED', index);
    return true;


  function(popover) {
    $scope.popover = popover;
    <h1 class="title">My Popover Title</h1>
  <ion-content class="padding">


$ionicModal.fromTemplateUrl('modal.html', {
  scope: $scope
}).then(function(modal) {
  $scope.modal = modal;
<script id="my-modal.html" type="text/ng-template">
      <h1 class="title">New Contact</h1>

Pull to Refresh

<ion-refresher on-refresh="refreshData()"
    pulling-text="Pulling to refresh..."



  <!-- content -->

Are people using it?

Ionic's Adoption

  • over 13, 000+ stars on GitHub

  • Top 50 most popular open source projects

  • Ionic CLI averages 2,300 downloads/day
  • 400,000+ apps have been started from the CLI

  • Released Alpha: November 2013

  • Released Beta: March 2014

  • Release Candidate: Winter 2014

  • 1.0 Release: Spring 2015
  • The personal stylist in your pocket
  • Pulls in over 2 million products from 100 big name fashion brands
  • Next generation fashion mall for whatever style you require.



  • Fitness app that guides anyone thru 5-60 minute circuits 
  • Downloaded over 3 million times
  • Been featured in multiple Health and Fitness lists within both the App Store and Google Play


How to get started?

! But Not So Fast

$ npm install -g cordova@5.0.0 ionic gulp bower

Installing Ionic

Android Prerequisites

  • Windows / Linux / OSx

  • Java SDK 7

  • Android Studio

  • Android SDK (API 19 = 4.4)

  • Google Chrome (for debugging)

  • Genymotion

  • Google Developers Account ($25 lifetime)

iOS Prerequisites

  • MAC / OSx only

  • XCode 

  • iOS Simulator 

  • Safari 

  • Apple Developers Account ($99 per year)

Ionic on Windows Setup

Ionic on a Mac Setup

Ionic on Ubuntu Setup

What's building an app like?

Create ionic app

Create new project



Test on web browser



Add mobile platform (Android or iOS)



Run test on device/emulator

ionic start myApp [blank/tabs/sideMenu]
ionic serve
ionic platform add [android/ios]
ionic [run/emulate] [ android/ios]

Side by Side

Android and iOS Phone


Supports Live Reload 

Ionic Lab

$ ionic serve --lab

Ionic View

Makes it easy to share your Ionic app without ever going through the App Store.

$ ionic start myApp tabs
$ cd myApp
$ ionic upload
$ ionic share [email address]

Automatically generate icons and splash screens


Creates size needed for each platform



Icons and Splash Screens

$ ionic resources
$ ionic resources --icon
$ ionic resources --splash

Get Ionic documentation from the Ionic CLI


Opens a browser window directly to the doc

Ionic Docs

$ ionic docs ls

Additional Tooling from Ionic

Ionic Creator

Ionic and Crosswalk

  • Specify version of Chrome to run your Cordova App.

  • Up to 10x performance increase

  • App will grow ~10-15 mb in size.

$ionic start my_app
$cd my_app
$ionic browser add crosswalk
$ionic run android

Ionic Push 

  • Easily send push notifications to

    • Multiple platforms

    • Schedule notifications

    • Target specific user groups

  • Intuitive UI as well as a REST API.

Ionic Deploy

  • Update your Ionic applications without having to resubmit to app stores

  • Rollback to previous versions at any time.

  • Currently in Alpha.  Not recommended for production

Ionic Analytics

  • Track every part of the user’s interaction 

  • Easily identify pain points

  • Setup custom events


    • Tools and Services are currently in alpha testing

    • Free during this period

    • Billing information and pricing plans will be announced as it gets closer to production.

Demo Time

  • Ionic Creator

  • Ionic Resource

  • Ionic Themes

  • Ionic View

  • Ionic Push

thank you

i'm Justin.


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Ionic Framework Overview - July 2015

By Justin James

Ionic Framework Overview - July 2015

Presentation for an Ionic Framwork Overview. Learn what the Ionic Framework is, what is provides, and how to start using it.

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