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June 04, 2023

Building Mobile Apps with SvelteKit and Capacitor

Learn how to build a mobile app using SvelteKit, Capacitor, and enhance the native UI with Konsta UI.

In this tutorial, we’ll begin with a new SvelteKit app and transition to native mobile development using Capacitor. Optionally, you can also integrate Konsta UI for an enhanced Tailwind CSS mobile UI.

Capacitor allows you to easily convert your SvelteKit web application into a native mobile app without the need for significant modifications or learning a new skill like React Native.

Follow this step-by-step guide to transform your SvelteKit app into a mobile app using Capacitor and, if desired, enhance your mobile UI with Konsta UI.

About Capacitor

CapacitorJS is a game-changer! It can be effortlessly integrated into any web project, wrapping your application in a native webview and generating native Xcode and Android Studio projects for you. Its plugins provide access to native device features like the camera via a JavaScript bridge.

Capacitor enables you to create a fantastic native mobile app without any complicated setup or steep learning curve. Its slim API and streamlined functionality make it easy to integrate into your project. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to achieve a fully functional native app with Capacitor!

Preparing Your SvelteKit App

To create a new SvelteKit app, run the following command:

Terminal window
npm create svelte@latest my-app
cd my-app
npm install
npm run build

After running the build command, you should see a new dist folder at the root of your project.

This folder will be used by Capacitor later, but for now, we need to set it up correctly.

Adding Capacitor to Your SvelteKit App

To package any web app into a native mobile container, we need to follow a few initial steps. Afterward, it’s as simple as running a single sync command.

First, install the Capacitor CLI as a development dependency and set it up within your project. During the setup, you can press “enter” to accept the default values for name and bundle ID.

Next, install the core package and the relevant packages for the iOS and Android platforms.

Finally, add the platforms, and Capacitor will create folders for each platform at the root of your project:

Terminal window
# Install the Capacitor CLI locally
npm install -D @capacitor/cli
# Initialize Capacitor in your SvelteKit project
npx cap init
# Install the required packages
npm install @capacitor/core @capacitor/ios @capacitor/android
# Add the native platforms
npx cap add ios
npx cap add android

At this point, you should see new ios and android folders in your SvelteKit project.

These are real native projects!

To access the Android project later, you need to install Android Studio. For iOS, you need a Mac and should install Xcode.

Additionally, you should find a capacitor.config.ts file in your project, which contains some basic Capacitor settings used during the sync. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the webDir, which must point to the result of your build command. Currently, it is incorrect.

To fix this, open the capacitor.config.ts file and update the webDir:

import { CapacitorConfig } from '@capacitor/cli'
const config: CapacitorConfig = {
appId: '',
appName: 'my-app',
webDir: 'build',
export default config

ow that we’ve updated our Capacitor settings, let’s change out Sveltekit project to a static application by downloading the proper static adapter package:

Terminal window
npm i -D @sveltejs/adapter-static

After the package is installed, we’ll need to alter svelte.config.js file from the auto-adapter to static:

import adapter from '@sveltejs/adapter-static'
import { vitePreprocess } from '@sveltejs/kit/vite'
/** @type {import('@sveltejs/kit').Config} */
const config = {
// Consult
// for more information about preprocessors
preprocess: vitePreprocess(),
kit: {
// adapter-auto only supports some environments, see for a list.
// If your environment is not supported or you settled on a specific environment, switch out the adapter.
// See for more information about adapters.
adapter: adapter({
// default options are shown. On some platforms
// these options are set automatically — see below
pages: 'build',
assets: 'build',
fallback: null,
precompress: false,
strict: true
export default config

With the svelte.config.js updated, we’ll need to add a prerender option by creating a +layout.js page to src/routes and just add the following export to +layout.js:

export const prerender = true

After adding and updating the +layout.js page, we’ll need to add our mobile platforms, re-build our project to create the build folder

You can do it by running the following commands:

Terminal window
npm run build
npx cap sync

The first command npm run build will build your SvelteKit project and copy the static build, while the second command npx cap sync will sync all the web code into the right places of the native platforms so they can be displayed in an app.

Additionally, the sync command might update the native platforms and install plugins, so when you install new Capacitor plugins, it’s time to run npx cap sync again.

Without realizing it, you’ve now completed the process, so let’s see the app on a device!

Build and Deploy Native Apps

To develop iOS apps, you need to have Xcode installed, and for Android apps, you need to have Android Studio installed. Moreover, if you plan to distribute your app on the app store, you need to enroll in the Apple Developer Program for iOS and the Google Play Console for Android.

If you’re new to native mobile development, you can use the Capacitor CLI to easily open both native projects:

Terminal window
npx cap open ios
npx cap open android

Once you’ve set up your native projects, deploying your app to a connected device is easy. In Android Studio, you just need to wait for everything to be ready, and you can deploy your app to a connected device without changing any settings. Here’s an example:


In Xcode, you need to set up your signing account to deploy your app to a real device instead of just the simulator. If you haven’t done this before, Xcode guides you through the process (but again, you need to be enrolled in the Developer Program). After that, you can simply hit play to run the app on your connected device, which you can select at the top. Here’s an example:


Congratulations! You have successfully deployed your SvelteKit web app to a mobile device. Here’s an example:


But wait, there’s also a faster way to do this during development…

Capacitor Live Reload

By now, you’re probably used to having hot reload with all modern frameworks, and the good news is that you can have the same functionality on a mobile device with minimal effort!

Enable access to your locally hosted application with live reload on your network by having the Capacitor app load the content from the specific URL.

The first step is to figure out your local IP address. If you’re using a Mac, you can find this out by running the following command in the terminal:

Terminal window
ipconfig getifaddr en0

On Windows, run:

Terminal window

Then look for the IPv4 address.

We can instruct Capacitor to load the app directly from the server by adding another entry to our capacitor.config.ts file:

import { CapacitorConfig } from '@capacitor/cli';
const config: CapacitorConfig = {
appId: '',
appName: 'my-app',
webDir: 'dist',
bundledWebRuntime: false,
server: {
url: 'http://192.168.x.xx:3000',
cleartext: true
export default config;

Be sure to use the correct IP and port, as shown in the example above.

Now, we can apply these changes by copying them over to our native project:

Terminal window
npx cap copy

The copy command is similar to sync, but it will only copy over the changes made to the web folder and configuration, without updating the native project.

You can now deploy your app one more time through Android Studio or Xcode. After that, if you change something in your Svelte app, the app will automatically reload and show the changes!

Keep in mind that if you install new plugins such as the camera, it still requires a rebuild of your native project. This is because native files are changed, and it can’t be done on the fly.

Note that you should use the correct IP and port in your configuration. The code block above shows the default SvelteKit port for demonstration purposes.

Using Capacitor Plugins

Let’s take a look at how to use a Capacitor plugin in action, which we’ve mentioned a few times before. To do this, we can install a simple plugin by running:

Terminal window
npm i @capacitor/share

There’s nothing fancy about the Share plugin, but it brings up the native share dialog! For this, we now only need to import the package and call the share() function from our app, so let’s change the src/routes/index.svelte to this:

import { Share } from '@capacitor/share';
async function share() {
await Share.share({
title: 'Open Youtube',
text: 'Check new video on youtube',
url: '',
dialogTitle: 'Share with friends'
<h1>Welcome to SvelteKit and Capacitor!</h1>
<button on:click={share}>Share now!</button>

As mentioned earlier, when installing new plugins, we need to perform a sync operation and then redeploy the app to our device. To do this, run the following command:

npx cap sync

After hitting the button, you can witness the beautiful native share dialog in action!

Adding Konsta UI

To use Konsta UI in your Nuxt 3 app, you need to have tailwind already install and to install the package:

Terminal window
npm i konsta

Additionally, you need to modify your tailwind.config.js file:

// import konstaConfig config
const konstaConfig = require('konsta/config')
// wrap config with konstaConfig config
module.exports = konstaConfig({
content: [
darkMode: 'media', // or 'class'
theme: {
extend: {},
variants: {
extend: {},
plugins: [],

konstaConfig will extend the default (or your custom one) Tailwind CSS config with some extra variants and helper utilities required for Konsta UI.

Now we need to set up the main App component so we can set some global parameters (like theme).

We need to wrap the whole app with App in the src/routes/+layout.svelte:

import { App } from 'konsta/svelte';
<App theme="ios">
<slot />

Example Page

Now when everything is set up, we can use Konsta UI Svelte components in our SvelteKit pages.

For example, let’s open src/routes/index.svelte and change it to the following:

import {
} from 'konsta/svelte';
<Navbar title="My App" />
<Block strong>
Here is your SvelteKit & Konsta UI app. Let's see what we have here.
<ListItem href="/about/" title="About" />
<ListItem href="/form/" title="Form" />
<Block strong class="flex space-x-4">
<Button>Button 1</Button>
<Button>Button 2</Button>

If the live reload is out of sync after installing all the necessary components, try restarting everything. Once you have done that, you should see a mobile app with a somewhat native look, built with SvelteKit and Capacitor!

You should see the following page as a result:



Capacitor is an excellent option for building native applications based on an existing web project, offering a simple way to share code and maintain a consistent UI.

And with the addition of Capgo, it’s even easier to add live updates to your app, ensuring that your users always have access to the latest features and bug fixes.

If you would like to learn how to add Capgo to your SvelteKit app, take a look at the next article:

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