December 27, 2018
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Ionic’s 2018: A Year in Review

Max Lynch


The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the last twelve months and to start getting excited for the coming twelve. In many ways, 2018 was a pivotal year for Ionic, both on the open source side and for the company as a whole.

On the open source side, the Ionic team shipped some major new OSS projects that are a culmination of years of effort and planning. A major weight has been lifted off our proverbial shoulders as we shift from building to, now, scaling these projects. And, so far, the overwhelming support and feedback from the community has blown us away.

Ionic, the company, also had a huge year both financially and commercially. In 2018 alone, we added some amazing companies like AAA, GE, a top five global fast food company, and nearly one hundred more enterprises as customers. We couldn’t be prouder that these companies found Ionic’s technology such a significant asset in their mobile strategy that they became customers this year (see how we can help your team too).

Finally, the Ionic community continued to grow and create a ton of incredible apps and awesome content. All told, Ionic developers created over three million apps, shipped 40M live updates with Ionic Appflow, and helped our official slack channel surpass 22K users. We launched an official Ionic Community Digest with monthly links to community-created content, rolled out our official Ionic Community homepage, and so much more.

So, with that, let’s dig in and walk through everything that happened this year, starting with the most recent news first:


  • We also released Ionic Enterprise Engine to help mid-to-large sized companies get the technology and training they need to build mission-critical apps with confidence and security. Meaning, customers of IEE get peace of mind knowing that the version of Ionic they’re using and the native plugins they rely on will be supported, plus key enterprise functionality, like biometric authentication, will be done right. Interested in learning more? Get in touch.


November was “launch month” for us, and we announced a ton of significant new products




  • Ionic’s very own Matt Kremer talked about launching his own Pokemon Go app with Ionic, using Appflow to quickly test and push updates to hundreds of thousands of users. His app, GO Ranger, went on to become one of the most popular Pokemon Go companion apps, globally.



  • After unsuccessfully appealing Apple’s decision to remove Ionic View (Ionic’s app testing tool) we made the hard decision to sunset the product. Apple indicated the move was part of a larger decision to remove app testing tools and promote TestFlight as the official alternative.
  • We relented and then wrote a guide about using TestFlight with your Ionic apps.



  • Ionic’s PWA Guide was released, helping teams learn about Progressive Web Apps and why they should consider building one.




2018: The Year of the Web

In 2018, we saw the Renaissance of the Web with all major browsers shipping support for key APIs that enable web apps to run with native capabilities— making them a compelling alternative to native apps on mobile and desktop. These apps are known as Progressive Web Apps, and they are hot (need more proof?).

In 2019 we expect this trend to continue and we are doubling down on making sure that Ionic becomes a major platform on which teams choose to build as the web gains new capabilities and expands its reach.

Nearly every decision we’ve made this year is in pursuit of this vision, and this relentless focus on the web will continue to guide every decision we make next year, too. It really matters that Ionic is web-native and continues to be a major way web developers build and ship quality, cross-platform apps.

Thank you!

From all of us at Ionic: We thank you, the wonderful community, for making this the best job in the world. All of your support, kind words, testing, and feedback keeps us going and helps make Ionic the best it can be.

And finally, to the Ionic team: It’s been a blast working with each and every one of you to transform Ionic from an incredible open source project to an entire company that helps teams build and scale their app development capability on Ionic.

I can’t wait to see what next year has in store.

Here’s to an awesome 2019! 🎉

-Max Lynch | Ionic CEO

Max Lynch