Salesforce Mobile SDK and Ionic – Setup Remote Hybrid App

Since we covered the difference between a Remote and a Local Hybrid app let set up our Remote Hybrid app.

Create Visualforce Page

One things we will need is a Visualforce page to load inside our app.  I’m going to call my new page ContactsApp and we will set the docType to html-5.0, showHeader to false, and sidebar to false.  It should look something like this:

Empty ContactsApp Page

<apex:page docType="html-5.0" showHeader="false" sidebar="false">


Since we are recreating our Local Hybrid app as a Remote Hybrid app the next step will be to copy everything from the www/index.html file except the <!DOCTYPE html> and paste it into our

Filled ContactsApp Page

<apex:page docType="html-5.0" showHeader="false" sidebar="false">

    <html lang="en" dir="ltr">
    <script data-ionic="inject">
        (function(w){var i=w.Ionic=w.Ionic||{};i.version='3.5.0';i.angular='4.1.3';i.staticDir='build/';})(window);
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <title>Ionic App</title>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, minimum-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no" />
    <meta name="format-detection" content="telephone=no" />
    <meta name="msapplication-tap-highlight" content="no" />

    <link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" href="https://localhost/assets/icon/favicon.ico" />
    <link rel="manifest" href="https://localhost/manifest.json" />
    <meta name="theme-color" content="#4e8ef7" />
    <!-- cordova.js required for cordova apps -->
    <script src="https://localhost/cordova.js"></script>

    <!-- For testing purposes only  -->
    <script src="https://localhost/force.js"></script>

    <!-- un-comment this code to enable service worker
        if ('serviceWorker' in navigator) {
            .then(() => console.log('service worker installed'))
            .catch(err => console.error('Error', err));

    <link href="https://localhost/build/main.css" rel="stylesheet" />


    <!-- Ionic's root component and where the app will load -->

    <!-- The polyfills js is generated during the build process -->
    <script src="https://localhost/build/polyfills.js"></script>

    <!-- The bundle js is generated during the build process -->
    <script src="https://localhost/build/main.js"></script>



One thing… ok a few things… that need to change is anything that is served from the root of the app wikl need it’s url updated.  Since the root for the page is now in Salesforce we will add https://localhost/ to any reference for a local resource.  So cordova.js becomes https://localhost/cordova.js and manifest.json becomes https://localhost/manifest.json and so on.

Due to some the Visualforce requirement of closing all html tags I did have to add a few / to some of the <link> and <meta> elements.

With our Visualforce page ready we can create our app.

Create Remote Hybrid App

Creating the RemoteHybrid app is going to be similar to how we created the the Local Hybrid app.  This time though we will specify the apptype as hybrid_remote.

I will also be using the appname of `contacts_remote` as well as the outputdir of `contacts_remote` just so things don’t get mixed up.  I will also be using forceios this time but you can still use forcedroid.

Create New App

Bretts-MBP:blog brett$ forceios create
App type must be native, native_swift, react_native, hybrid_local, hybrid_remote.
Enter your application type (native, native_swift, react_native, hybrid_local, hybrid_remote): hybrid_remote
/Library/Ruby/Gems/2.0.0/gems/cocoapods-1.3.1/lib/cocoapods/executable.rb:89: warning: Insecure world writable dir /Users/brett/Library/Android/sdk in PATH, mode 040777
Enter your application name: contacts_remote
Enter the package name for your app (com.mycompany.myapp): com.wipdeveloper.contacts_remote
Enter your organization name (Acme, Inc.): WIP
Enter the start page for your app: apex/ContactsApp
/Library/Ruby/Gems/2.0.0/gems/cocoapods-1.3.1/lib/cocoapods/executable.rb:89: warning: Insecure world writable dir /Users/brett/Library/Android/sdk in PATH, mode 040777

*   Creating ios hybrid_remote application using Salesforce Mobile SDK
*     with app name:        contacts_remote
*          package name:    com.wipdeveloper.contacts_remote
*          organization:    WIP
*     in:                   salesforce-sdk-mobile-with-ionic-starter-remote
*     from template repo:
*          template path:   HybridRemoteTemplate
*          start page:      apex/ContactsApp
*          plugin repo:

Creating a new cordova project

some other things

*   Next steps:
*   Your application project is ready in salesforce-sdk-mobile-with-ionic-starter-remote.
*   To use your new application in XCode, do the following:
*      - open salesforce-sdk-mobile-with-ionic-starter-remote/platforms/ios in XCode
*      - build and run
*   Before you ship, make sure to plug your OAuth Client ID and Callback URI, and OAuth Scopes into salesforce-sdk-mobile-with-ionic-starter-remote/www/bootconfig.json

Bretts-MBP:blog brett$ 

We should now have a default Salesforce Mobile SDK app ready to get things copied and pasted into it.


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