Getting Started

Adding the @nxtend/ionic-angular plugin to your Nx workspace is trivial, and works just like any other Nx plugin.

Initialize Plugin

# npm
npm install --save-dev --exact @nxtend/ionic-angular
# yarn
yarn add --save-dev --exact @nxtend/ionic-angular
# Nx CLI
nx generate @nxtend/ionic-angular:init
# Angular CLI
ng generate @nxtend/ionic-angular:init

Generating Applications

Now, create your Ionic Angular application.

nx generate @nxtend/ionic-angular:application myApp

By default, a Capacitor project will be generated that will allow you to compile your application as a native platform.

@nxtend/ionic-angular uses the @nxtend/capacitor plugin to add Capacitor support to an Ionic Angular application in an Nx workspace. By default, Capacitor configuration are added to new @nxtend/ionic-angular applications. To disable this, pass --capacitor false into the @nxtend/ionic-angular application schematic command.

Nx will ask you some questions about the application, but you can customize it further by passing these options:

nx generate @nxtend/ionic-angular:application [name] [options,...]
--name The name of the application.
--directory The directory of the new application.
--tags Add tags to the application (used for linting).
--capacitor Generate a Capacitor project. (default: true)
--dryRun Runs through and reports activity without writing to disk.
--help Show available options for project target.


Generated applications expose several functions to the CLI that allow users to build, lint, test, and so on.

nx build {frontend project name}
nx lint {frontend project name}
nx serve {frontend project name}
nx test {frontend project name}
nx e2e {frontend project name}-e2e

These applications are also supported by the Nx affected commands.

Add Native Platform

First, ensure that the frontend project has been built:

nx build {frontend project name}
nx build mobile-app

Now that a Capacitor project has been added to your Nx workspace you can begin adding support for native platforms. Currently, Capacitor supports Android and iOS, but other platforms can be added with Capacitor plugins.

nx run {frontend project}:add:ios
nx run {frontend project}:add:android
nx run {frontend project}:add --platform {native platform}
nx run my-app:add:android

Open Native Platform

Finally, you can open the native platform in it's respective IDE:

nx run {frontend project}:open:ios
nx run {frontend project}:open:android
nx run {frontend project}:open --platform {native platform}
nx run my-app:open:android

To learn more about using Capacitor with @nxtend/capacitor then visit the Getting Started page.


If you receive a Collection cannot be resolved error when attempting to generate an application then you likely need to execute the @nxtend/ionic-angular:init schematic.