Ionic 2 Starter Templates

Ionic 2 comes with some starter templates which saves us a lot of time and effort.

Video Content
Today lets learn:
1. How to install ionic framework via ionic CLI (Command Line Interface) utility.
2. Install ionic 2 templates such as blank, tutorial/sidemenu, tabs(default ionic 2 template).
3. Run each project and check how each template looks.

Related Read:
Getting Started With IONIC APP
(Go through above link without fail)

Ionic Logo

Ionic CLI (Command Line Interface) utility.
Node.js version 6 or higher: Download Nodejs
XCode for iOS: Cordova iOS Platform Guide
Android Studio for Windows: Cordova Android Platform Guide

Related Read:
Node.js Video Tutorial List

If you already had older version of Ionic and cordova installed, then make sure to uninstall them first

npm uninstall -g ionic cordova

Then make sure you’ve latest version of node.js installed.

Now install ionic and cordova globally using by logging in as a root user / system admin

npm install -g ionic cordova

My System Info, for this tutorial

ionic info

Cordova CLI: 6.1.1
Gulp version: CLI version 3.9.0
Gulp local:
Ionic CLI Version: 2.1.0
Ionic App Lib Version: 2.1.0-beta.1
OS: Windows 10
Node Version: v6.7.0

Starting IONIC 2 Project

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Installing CLI
Open command prompt and type the following command to install latest Ionic CLI

npm install -g ionic cordova

Ionic 2 apps are created and developed primarily through the Ionic CLI utility and use cordova to build and deploy as a native app.

Remember, Ionic CLI and Ionic framework are two different things. Ionic CLI is a utility which provides bunch of tools through the command line to help create and manage your Ionic project.

Important: The Ionic CLI will handle downloading the actual Ionic framework onto your machine for each project you create.

Ionic Starter templates

List of templates

ionic start -l


ionic start -list

blank — A blank starter project for Ionic.
complex-list — A complex list starter template.
maps — An Ionic starter project using Google Maps and a side menu.
salesforce — A starter project for Ionic and Salesforce.
sidemenu — A starting project for Ionic using a side menu with navigation in the content area.
tabs — A starting project for Ionic using a simple tabbed interface.

But to my surprise some of these templates aren’t working. Ionic team might fix these or remove some of the templates in future release of ionic 2 framework. In this tutorial I’m showing blank, tutorial/sidemenu and tabs templates.

Note: Ionic uses tabs template as its default template.

Starting Ionic Project
ionic start is the command to start an Ionic project, followed by project name, followed by template name(if not specified, tabs template will be installed), followed by version of Ionic framework to be installed.

Note: Here myApp1, myApp2, myApp3 are my project names.
myApp1 has blank template.
myApp2 has tutorial or sidemenu template.
myApp3 has tabs template.

Blank Template

ionic start myApp1 blank --v2

Tutorial or Side Menu Template

ionic start myApp2 tutorial --v2


ionic start myApp2 sidemenu --v2

Tabs Template

ionic start myApp3 tabs --v2


ionic start myApp3 --v2

Launching Project in Web Browser
Get into the projects folder before using the command ionic serve or else it’ll through errors:

C:\ionic2>ionic serve

Couldn’t find ionic.config.json file. Are you in an Ionic project?

So first get into project folder and then run the project

C:\ionic2>cd myApp1
C:\ionic2\myApp1>ionic serve -l

We can see how our project looks via web browser. With labs feature we can see how our project looks on each platform – iOS, android and Windows.

ionic serve -l

-l is supplied to ionic serve command to invoke labs feature.


Ionic grid system

Today lets play with Ionic grid system – it’s built with CSS Flexible Box Layout Module standard, hence it supports all the devices which ionic supports.

Topics Covered
1. Basics of row, column
2. even spacing of column
3. explicit column sizing
4. column offset
5. column positioning
6. row positioning – Going vertical
7. responsive grid

Getting started
To get started from scratch, please visit Getting Started With IONIC APP. Get your IONIC app template ready and continue with this video tutorial.

Software Versions used for the demo
1. Node: v4.2.6
2. Cordova: 6.0.0
3. Ionic: 1.7.14
4. android: Android 6.0 (API level 23)
5. OS: Demo showed on Windows 10 Operating System.

I’ve installed ionic tabs template and am editing tab-dash.html file inside www/templates folder.

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Basics of row and column

    <span class="row">
       <div class="col">.col</div>
       <div class="col">.col</div>  

rows are specified with class row and columns with class name col

Even spacing of columns

    <span class="row">
       <div class="col">.col</div>
       <div class="col">.col</div>  
       <div class="col">.col</div>  
       <div class="col">.col</div>  
       <div class="col">.col</div>  

In above example all columns take up 20% of space depending on the screen width of the device. i.e., 100/5 = 20. There are 5 columns.

Explicit column spacing

    <span class="row">
       <div class="col col-50">.col-50</div>
       <div class="col">.col</div>  
       <div class="col">.col</div>  

Here the first column takes 50% of the width and the other 2 columns share the width equally i.e., 25% each.

Column offset

    <span class="row">
       <div class="col col-offset-25 col-25">.col-25</div>
       <div class="col col-25">.col-25</div>  
       <div class="col col-25">.col-25</div>  

Above code leaves 25% offset at the beginning, then a column of width 25% followed by 2 more columns of 25% width.

Column positioning

    <span class="row">
       <div class="col col-top">.col-top</div>
       <div class="col col-center">.col-center</div>  
       <div class="col col-bottom">.col-bottom</div>  
       <div class="col">
        1 <br />2 <br />3 <br />4

The first column aligns itself to the top, the second one to the center and the last one to the bottom.

Row positioning – Going vertical

    <span class="row row-center">
       <div class="col">.col</div>
       <div class="col">.col</div>  
       <div class="col">.col</div>  
       <div class="col">
        1 <br />2 <br />3 <br />4

row-center class makes the row align itself to the center, row-top makes it align itself to the top and row-bottom makes row to align itself to the bottom.

responsive grid

    <span class="row responsive-sm">
       <div class="col">.col</div>
       <div class="col">.col</div>  
       <div class="col">.col</div>  

You can see its effect only on real devices. You must test it with real devices having different screen size.

responsive-sm for devices smaller than landscape.
responsive-md for devices smaller portrait tablet.
responsive-lg for devices smaller than landscape tablet.

Using this simple ionic grid system we can make our applications User Interface to suit our applications needs.

Further ..
For further configuration, each class uses a Sass variable that can be changed to your liking. There’s also a responsive-grid-break mixin you can use to create your own grid classes.

Positioning The Title: IONIC APPS

Some components like titles, tabs behave according to the platform they are built for. For example, on iOS the default display of view title is at the center and to the left in android devices.


This might look like a minor thing at the beginning of app development, but when we want to place some icons in the header(maybe for branding purpose) we might like to place the view title to right or to the center.

To have consistent looks across platforms we can ‘hard set’ the view title location by setting the navBar.alignTitle function of $ionicConfigProvider.

$ionicConfigProvider.navBar.alignTitle() takes 3 values
1. left
2. right
3. center

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Quick fix to change position of each view:

< ion-view>
< ion-nav-title>
< /ion-nav-title>
< ion-content>
< /ion-content>
< /ion-view>

As shown above, you could make use of our good old HTML friend center tag to align the nav title to center! or take some time to play with CSS to achieve the same.

Positioning The Tabs: IONIC APPS

Some components like tabs, titles behave according to the platform they are built for. For example, on iOS the default display of tabs is at the bottom and at top in android devices.


This might look like a minor thing at the beginning of app development, but when we want to place an ad or social sharing icons at the bottom, we might like to place the tabs at the top or visa-versa!

To have consistent looks across platforms we can ‘hard set’ the tabs location by setting the tabs.position function of $ionicConfigProvider.

$ionicConfigProvider.tabs.position() takes 2 values:
1. top
2. bottom

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To center the title of header you can make use of following syntax:

< ion-header-bar
< /ion-header-bar>

Getting Started With IONIC APP

Let us learn the basics of IONIC today. We know that IONIC 2 is already in its Beta, and is being received well by the developer community. But we do not want to leave behind people using ionic versions below 2.

What is IONIC?
Ionic is a beautiful, open source front-end SDK for developing hybrid mobile apps with web technologies.
Web technologies like angular, HTML5, CSS.

Topics covered
1. Ionic commands.
2. Ionic templates – tabs, sidemenu, blank.
3. Ionic project folder structure.
4. Basic Dependency plugins.
5. Running our application in web browser.
6. Installing platform android to our project.
7. Building the application.
8. Running our application in android emulator.
9. Running our application in real mobile device.
10. USB debugging, Environment variable setting etc.

Software Versions used for the demo
1. Node: v4.2.6
2. Cordova: 6.0.0
3. Ionic: 1.7.14
4. android : Android 6.0 (API level 23)
5. OS: Demo showed on Windows 10 Operating System.

How to get android sdk installation details on Windows using command prompt?
1. Go to Run, open command prompt by typing cmd
2. Type this command android list targets
And you’ll get the list of all the installation and their basic details.


“ionic info” command

C:\technotip\myApp1>ionic info
Your system information:
Cordova CLI: 6.0.0
Gulp version:  CLI version 3.9.0
Gulp local:
Ionic Version: 1.2.4
Ionic CLI Version: 1.7.14
Ionic App Lib Version: 0.7.0
Node Version: v4.2.6

Let’s start with the project

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Software Installation
1. Install Node.js if you have not already.
2. Install cordova and ionic globally using the following command.

npm install -g cordova ionic

This will take some time to install cordova and ionic. To know more about npm(Node Package Manager), check External Module( NPM ) Install, Update, Remove: Node.js

Ionic Templates
There are 3 pre-designed templates ionic gives us to start the project
1. sidemenu
2. tabs
3. blank

For this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating using tabs template. All the explanation shown in the video applies to other templates too.

Start Project with tabs template

ionic start app_name tabs

All ionic commands start with the keyword ionic. Let us call our application as myApp1, so the command will be

c:/>cd technotip
c:/technotip>ionic start myApp1 tabs

Similarly, for sidemenu

ionic start myApp1 sidemenu

for blank

ionic start myApp1 blank

Downloading the project files
Once we run ionic start myApp1 tabs command, all the necessary files will be downloaded to our project folder(myApp1 folder) from ionic official git repository. Know that it’ll take some time to download these files – depending on your internet connection speed.

Once the files are downloaded, we need to get inside our project folder to execute ionic commands ..

c:/>cd technotip
c:/technotip>cd myApp1

File structure

ionic file structure

plugins folder has plugins on which our project depends on, for some services.
www folder has all our files – like, templates, js files, css files and ionic library files
config.xml file is an important file and we’ll cover it in detail in another video tutorial

android sdk / android studio
Download android studio from Google Developer Site and install it without fail.

(I’m demonstrating for android platform, for iOS, use MAC and replace android keyword with ios in below ionic commands.)

Run the project
1. on browser using the command

ionic serve

use -l option to get additional log information + to launch ionic labs

ionic serve -l

You can enable chrome inspector and check how your app would look inside various devices. Use CTRL+SHIFT+i to open chrome inspector. Then use CTRL+SHIFT+M to open the device view mode.

2. add platform android

ionic platform add android


cordova platform add android

3. Build the project

ionic build android

4. on emulator

ionic emulate android

emulator would take a lot of time to start and display your application. And usually it’s very slow to operate. Simply know this option but never use it for real serious development. For development purpose make sure to check the app using real device.

5. on real mobile device

ionic run android

use -l option to get additional log details + to launch ionic labs

ionic run android -l

Nexus USB Debugging
Connect your mobile phone(preferably nexus device) using USB cable. Turn on ‘Developer’ option and usb debugging option in your phone.
settings – Developer options ( enable it ) – ( scroll down ) – USB debugging ( enable it).

Environment variables
Note: I’m using Windows 10 operating system.

JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_45

Check the file paths of the environment variable and change the path depending on the versions installed.

..other commands
1. Get plugin list

cordova plugin list

2. to exit ionic server


3. whitelist plugin
Whitelist plugin gets installed by default when you create an ionic application. After that insert this piece of code inside head tag of index.html

     <meta http-equiv="Content-Security-Policy" 
           content="default-src *; style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; 
           script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval'"/>

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IONIC APP – Open External Links In Mobile Browser

Ionic apps are developed with angular code, so people start using ng-href to point to URLs which has {{}} variables whose value will be dynamically loaded. With ng-href IONIC treats the links like internal links and hence opens them within the application itself. To solve this, we make use of onclick and methods.

Note: Am using Windows 7 to illustrate this tutorial.


In this tutorial I’ll show you the exact code you need to do this effectively: To open the external URL in mobiles browser.

Step 1: You need node.js installed on your computer.
Step 2: Install cordova and ionic

npm install ionic -g
npm install cordova -g

Step 3: Install inappbrowser plugin

cordova plugin add


cordova plugin add org.apache.cordova.inappbrowser

Step 4: Insert the code in your view (html files)

<a class="button button-assertive" 
   ng-href="http:// url .com/{{id}}/discount"
   onclick=', "_system", "location=yes"); return false;'>

This way, the variables in the ng-href interpolates and then is being inserted as first parameter to method.

IONIC APP – Open External Links In Mobile Browser

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Loads in the system browser:‘’, ‘_system’);
Loads in the InAppBrowser:‘’, ‘_blank’);
Loads in the InAppBrowser with no location bar:‘’, ‘_blank’, ‘location=no’);
Loads in the Cordova web view:‘’, ‘_self’);

Example App:
You can see how the URLs open in the mobile browser in this app