October 14, 2015
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Build Apps in Minutes with Ionic Package

Dan Imhoff

So you’ve been hard at work building your app. You’ve been developing with ionic serve, testing with Ionic View and Lab, and now you’re ready to unleash your app on the masses. There’s just one problem…how?

Today, we’re incredibly excited to provide you with a solution:

Ionic Package, now in public alpha.

What can Package do for you?

Building your app for distribution can be tough. Setting up your machine to target multiple platforms is an incredibly difficult process, and depending on your operating system, literally impossible! Seriously, try building an iOS binary on a Windows platform, and you’ll know what we mean. ?

The Ionic Package service allows you to create development and production builds of your app that can be submitted to the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, or be installed directly on your friends’, family members’, and colleagues’ devices.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but we like to make things easy. That’s why we made all of this possible with just one simple command:

ionic package build ios --profile dev

That’s it. Once your build is finished, you just download the distribution file we provide and carry on. Ionic Package takes care of all the heavy lifting and lets you get back to focusing on what really matters: your app.

Try it out!

During the open alpha period, Ionic Package will be 100% free to use. Similar to our other alpha services, we will be releasing a tiered pricing model based on usage in the future, but we’ll continue to offer a free/dev tier as well. We wrote an in depth overview on how we plan to price our services, if you’d like to learn more.

Ready to give the Package service a test drive? Great! Just update your Ionic CLI to the latest version to get the latest Package commands (npm install -g ionic), and then learn how to use it in our docs.

Dan Imhoff