How to prepare your Windows box for Ionic 3 development
The guide assumes the OS of your machine is Windows 10.
Download and install the latest LTS NodeJS from the following link:
Note: At the time this guide was written, the latest LTS version of NodeJS was 8.10.0.
To install the global dependencies open the Command Prompt (cmd) and run:
$ npm install -g ionic cordova
Note: This command will install the latest version of Ionic and Cordova. At the time this guide was written, the latest version of Ionic was 3.20.0 and Cordova was 7.1.0.
SDK environment for Android platform
To be ready to add and build the Android platform, follow the steps below.
Install Java SE Development Kit 8 (JDK)
Visit Oracle’s website and install Java SE Development Kit 8.
Install Android Studio 3.x.
Visit Android’s Studio page and install Android Studio 3.x.
Install SDK Platforms
After installing the Android SDK, you must also install the packages for whatever API level you wish to target. To do it, open the Android Studio, and click on Configure -> SDK Manager.
Then, from the side menu, select Appearance & Behavior -> System Settings -> Android SDK click on the SDK Platforms tab and select one or more versions of APIs to download, as shown:
Install Android Support Repository
Usually, Android Support Repository is already configured once you install Android Studio. If it’s not, go to the SDK Tools tab select to install the Android Support Repository.
Sometimes, you may need to install Gradle manually. Install Gradle as directed at:
Note: Following the instructions of the aforementioned link, the latest Gradle distribution will be installed on your machine. At the time this guide was written, the installed Gradle version was 4.5.1.
For more information on the Android requirements, visit
Set environment variables
Cordova’s CLI tools require some environment variables to be set in order to function correctly. In most cases, they will be set automatically but, in certain cases you may need to set them manually.
Type advanced system settings in the Search the web and Windows box and select View advanced system settings under the Best Match
From the appeared window select Advanced tab and click Environment variables
Next, set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to the location of your JDK installation. From the appeared window click New… and set the Variable Name to JAVA_HOME and the Variable value to the location of the installed Java JDK.
From System Variables select Path and press Edit…
In the next window, press New and set the location to the PATH as %JAVA_HOME%\bin
Finally, set the ANDROID_HOME environment variable to the location of your Android SDK installation. To do this, click New… and set the Variable Name to ANDROID_HOME and the Variable value to the location of the installed Java JDK.
To install Sass open your terminal and execute the following command:
$ npm install -g sass
For more information visit Sass site.
Originally published at AppSeed’s blog.