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If you're new to mobile development or the force.com platform, you may want to start at the Mobile SDK landing page. This page offers a variety of resources to help you determine the best technology path for creating your app, as well as many guides and blog posts detailing how to work with the Mobile SDK.
But assuming you're all read up, here's how to get started with the forceios package to create the starting point for your mobile application.
Because forceios is a command-line utility, we recommend installing it globally, so that it's easily accessible on your path:
sudo npm install forceios -g
You're of course welcome to install it locally as well:
npm install forceios
In local installations, you can access the forceios app at
For the rest of this document, we'll assume that
forceios is on your path.
forceios with no arguments gives you a breakdown of the usage:
-> forceios forceios: Tool for building an iOS native mobile application using Salesforce Mobile SDK Usage: # create an iOS native mobile application forceios create [--apptype=application type (native_swift or native, leave empty for native_swift)] --appname=application name --packagename=app package identifier (e.g. com.mycompany.myapp) --organization=organization name (your company's/organization's name) [--outputdir=output directory (leave empty for current directory)] OR # create an iOS native mobile application from a template forceios createwithtemplate --templaterepouri=template repo URI or Mobile SDK template name --appname=application name --packagename=app package identifier (e.g. com.mycompany.myapp) --organization=organization name (your company's/organization's name) [--outputdir=output directory (leave empty for current directory)] OR # list available Mobile SDK templates forceios listtemplates OR # validate store or syncs configuration forceios checkconfig --configpath=path to store or syncs config to validate --configtype=type of config to validate (store or syncs) OR # show version of Mobile SDK forceios version OR forceios
Note: You can specify any or all of the arguments as command line options as specified in the usage. If you run
forceios create with missing arguments, it prompts you for each missing option interactively.
Once the creation script completes, you'll have a fully functioning basic application of the type you specified. The new application has an Xcode workspace that you can peruse, run, and debug.
App Type: ( Optional ) The type of application you wish to develop:
App Name: The name of your application
App Package Identifier: An identifier for your company, similar to a Java package (e.g.
com.acme.MobileApps). This concatenates with the app name to form the unique identifier for your app in the App Store.
Organization: The name of your company or organization. For example,
Acme Widgets, Inc.
Output Directory: ( Optional ) The folder where you want your app to be created.
After your app has been created, you will see some on-screen instructions for next steps, such as building and running your app, importing the project into XCode, and changing the default Connected App (sample) configuration values to match your own Connected App.
You can find the
forcedroid npm package here to develop Mobile SDK apps for Android.
You can find the
forcehybrid npm package here to develop Mobile SDK hybrid apps for iOS and Android.
You can find the
forcereact npm package here to develop Mobile SDK react native apps for iOS and Android.
The Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS source repository lives here.
The Salesforce Mobile SDK for Android source repository lives here.
See our developerforce site for more information about how you can leverage Salesforce Mobile SDK with the force.com platform.
If you would like to make suggestions, have questions, or encounter any issues, we'd love to hear from you. Post any feedback you have on Salesforce StackExchange.