Ionic Framework

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Ionic is a complete open-source SDK for hybrid mobile app development built on top of AngularJS and Apache Cordova. this helps developing hybrid mobile apps using Web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass.

Cons & Pros

The purpose of using Ionic is that I can deploy both Android and IOS; furthermore even web, within same code. So it would save my time to develop apps. However, generally, people say that this is bit slower than native apps.


Ionic supports two types: Ionic1 and Ionic2.
Ionic 1 based on Angular 1 where Ionic 2 based on Angular 2 <!– The advantage of Ionic 1:

More classic than Ionic 1.
Older than Ionic 2, so bit more stable. -->

The advantage of Ionic 2 over Ionic 1 is:

Angular 2 is faster
Angular2 use components instead of controller (developer feels simpler)
Angular2 has simpler directive
intuitive data binding


  • download ionic:

  • download nodejs:

  • download cordiva npm package: (to support multi-platform)

      npm install -g cordova
  • download gulp npm package: (ionic’s build system)

      npm install -g gulp
  • download bower npm package: (to bring web components)

      npm install -g bower
  • For a simulation,
    download ios-sim: (for an ios simulation)

      npm install -g ios-sim
  • download ios-deploy: (for installation or debugging)

    npm install -g ios-deploy
      if this is unable to install, try this:
          sudo npm install -g ios-deploy --unsafe-perm=true

First of all, tried OS X (Yosemite) installation on virtual machine, but was unstable (hang while booting and etc). Therefore, for second, “El Capitan” was installed; however, after few hours of using it, it has been realized that running both Android and IOS on OS X on top of virtual machine is difficult. Therefore, it is recommended to have Macbook pro for mobile and web development.

El Capitan Installation reference for Virtual box

To give you a guide to install “El Capitan”, please refer to below.



on the OS, you must have followings (need to be installed using npm):

  • brew
  • nodejs

Full Screen for OS X

If you do not see OS in Full screen, try below:

VBoxManage setextradata "VM name" VBoxInternal2/EfiGopMode N
Where N can be,

0 – 640×480
1 – 800×600
2 – 1024×768
3 – 1280×1024
4 – 1440×900
5 – 1920×1200


VBoxManage setextradata "El Capitan" CustomVideoMode1 1920x1080x32

XCode Installation Issue

Issue related to “Simulator can’t be opened”: Click Here

Test Ionic

  1. sudo ionic run ios --device

  2. Select a target: ionic emulate ios --target="iPhone-4s"

  3. Change mode of directory to run the Ionic file: sudo chmod -R 777 *

Reference: (Korean)


Installing npm using,

npm install -g ionic cordova

could return following erros:

53840 warn In ionic@2.0.0 replacing bundled version of semver with semver@4.2.0
53841 warn In ionic@2.0.0 replacing bundled version of ionic-app-lib with ionic-app-lib@2.0.0
53842 verbose stack Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory, rename '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/.staging/ansi-93ed635c' -> '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/ionic/node_modules/cordova-lib/node_modules/ansi'
53842 verbose stack     at destStatted (/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/npm/lib/install/action/finalize.js:25:7)
53842 verbose stack     at FSReqWrap.oncomplete (fs.js:82:15)
53842 verbose stack
53842 verbose stack Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory, rename '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/.staging/ansi-93ed635c' -> '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/ionic/node_modules/cordova-lib/node_modules/ansi'
53842 verbose stack     at Error (native)
53843 verbose cwd /
53844 error Darwin 15.6.0
53845 error argv "/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/bin/node" "/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/bin/npm" "install" "-g" "ionic"
53846 error node v5.12.0
53847 error npm  v3.8.6
53848 error path /Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/.staging/ansi-93ed635c
53849 error code ENOENT
53850 error errno -2
53851 error syscall rename
53852 error enoent ENOENT: no such file or directory, rename '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/.staging/ansi-93ed635c' -> '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/ionic/node_modules/cordova-lib/node_modules/ansi'
53853 error enoent ENOENT: no such file or directory, rename '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/.staging/ansi-93ed635c' -> '/Users/m/.nvm/versions/node/v5.12.0/lib/node_modules/ionic/node_modules/cordova-lib/node_modules/ansi'
53853 error enoent This is most likely not a problem with npm itself
53853 error enoent and is related to npm not being able to find a file.
53854 verbose exit [ -2, true ]

This could be due to re-installation of ionic, in this case,
remove the installation and do reinstallation

npm -g remove ionic
npm install -g ionic cordova

Run Ionic

To run ionic in Windows command prompt, execute this first:

"C:\Program Files\nodejs\nodevars.bat"

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