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Package Builds


A package build is a native build of your application that is platform specific and can run on a physical device. Package builds produce aab files for Android and ipa files for iOS. Currently package builds are only available to customers on one of the paid plans and must manually be triggered from the dashboard. The basic steps of the package build are as follows:

  • npm install will run to install any dependencies you have.
  • npm run build will run if a build script is detected in the scripts section of your package.json in order to build the web assets for your application.
  • cordova platform add [ios|android] will run with the platform you have configured NOTE: DO NOT commit your platforms directory as this will cause your build to fail.
  • cordova build [ios|android] will run with the platform and options you have configured and generate the ipa or aab file
  • The generated ipa or aab will be stored and available for you to download from the dashboard
  • You can find the history and status of your package builds as well as download successful builds in the side menu under Builds in the Package tab.

Performing a Build

Click on the Code tab of your App, you should be at your Builds list. Click on the Package button for the Build you'd like to get a Native binary for.

In the Package GUI you'll be able to choose the type of Build you want to perform, and the Cert you'd like to use. You'll then be taken to the History tab while the build completes. After the build completes, click Download and you'll get your native binary!

Concurrency limits

Each account plan has a defined maximum amount of concurrent builds allowed (see Plans Details). This limit is enforced at the account level across different apps.

When you trigger a build, in the Appflow Dashboard you will notice that a build can have different statuses before it is processed:

  • Queued: this means that your build is queued for the next available runner. Usually your build should not be in this state for more than few seconds.
  • Pending: this means that you have reached your concurrent build limit and your build will continue when your current builds are completed.

After the build starts to be processed the statuses are:

  • Running: the build is currently being processed. You can read the logs in the build details.
  • Successful: the build terminated in a correct state.
  • Failed: the build terminated in an incorrect state.

More concurrent builds can be added to your plan. If you have a Basic or above plan, please contact us.