What is Ionic: Advantages of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

What is Ionic? Learn the Advantages of our dev-friendly platform for development of cross-platform mobile apps using one codebase, for any device, with the web.


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Build mobile experiences with the web

Ionic provides a set of tools for building native iOS and Android applications, and mobile-ready Progressive Web Apps, using familiar web libraries, frameworks, and languages.

Ionic Capacitor is a cross-platform native bridge that allows you to turn any web project into a native iOS or Android mobile application. Capacitor enables easy access to common device features, using basic JavaScript, with complete access to the native operating system when you need it.

Ionic Framework extends Capacitor by providing a rich library of mobile-optimized UI components—plus mobile routing, navigation, gestures, and animations. Ionic Framework works with specific JavaScript frameworks, including React, Angular, and Vue. If you’re familiar with any of these JS frameworks, you’ll feel right at home.

Ionic Portals supports the creation of mobile micro frontends that can be deployed to any existing native mobile applications, including apps built with Swift, Kotlin, React Native, and more. Portals is primarily used by enterprises to scale development by allowing multiple teams to build, test, and ship in parallel, or to deploy a single micro app across multiple applications.

Publish and update your apps from the cloud

Ionic Appflow is a cloud-based mobile CI/CD solution to help you build, publish, and update your apps over time.

Appflow makes it easy to:

  • Generate native app binaries (IPA and APK files) using our cloud hosted, managed infrastructure and build environments
  • Automatically publish new versions and updates to the Android and iOS app stores
  • Push remote app updates directly to users, using our Live Updates service
  • Automate workflows, build processes, testing and more as code is checked in

Appflow offers out-of-the-box integrations with popular CI/CD tools like CircleCI, Azure DevOps, Jenkins, Cloudbees, and more, to extend the value of your existing general purpose DevOps infrastructure with mobile specific services. For example, you can trigger an automated workflow from Jenkins that relies on Appflow to generate a native app binary that’s ready for the app stores. This way, Appflow plays nicely with your existing infrastructure and handles all of the mobile-specific services for you.

Get expert help and advice, every step of the way

For active subscribers to one of our Standard or Enterprise plans, Ionic offers expert Support and Advisory services. Our app building experts are on-hand to help you throughout your development process from initial planning to post-production optimization.

Consult with our team at any time to improve code quality, choose the right feature or integration, enhance security and performance, or to get feedback on your mobile UI.

Ionic's expert services can help you accelerate your project timelines, improve the user experience, and reduce project risk.

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About Ionic

Ionic is a leader in enterprise mobile app development, with 5 million developers worldwide and thousands of enterprise customers who use Ionic to build mission-critical apps for their customers, both external and internal. It powers 15% of apps in the app store, not including thousands of apps built internally at enterprises for every line-of-business need. Ionic is unique in that it takes a web-first approach, leveraging HTML, CSS, and Javascript to build high-quality iOS, Android, desktop, and Progressive Web Apps.


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