In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of converting a Vue web application into a native mobile app using Capacitor. Optionally, you can also enhance your mobile UI with Konsta UI, a Tailwind CSS-based mobile UI library.
Preparing Your Vue App
First, create a new Vue app by running the following command:
To prepare your Vue app for native mobile deployment, you’ll need to export your project. Add a script in your package.json file to build and copy the Vue project:
After running the
build command, you should see a new
dist folder in your project’s root directory. This folder will be used by Capacitor later.
Adding Capacitor to Your Vue App
To convert your Vue web app into a native mobile container, follow these steps:
Install the Capacitor CLI as a development dependency and set it up within your project. Accept the default values for name and bundle ID during the setup.
Install the core package and the relevant packages for the iOS and Android platforms.
Add the platforms, and Capacitor will create folders for each platform at the root of your project:
You should now see new iOS and android folders in your Vue project.
Update the capacitor.config.json file to point the webDir to the result of your build command:
Now, you can build your Vue project and sync it with Capacitor:
Build and Deploy Native Apps
To develop iOS apps, you need Xcode installed, and for Android apps, you need Android Studio installed. Additionally, you need to enroll in the Apple Developer Program for iOS and the Google Play Console for Android to distribute your app on the app store.
Use the Capacitor CLI to open both native projects:
Deploy your app to a connected device using Android Studio or Xcode.
Capacitor Live Reload
Enable live reload on your mobile device by having the Capacitor app load the content from a specific URL on your network.
Find your local IP address and update the
capacitor.config.ts file with the correct IP and port:
Apply these changes by copying them over to your native project:
Now, your app will automatically reload and show changes when you update your Vue app.
Using Capacitor Plugins
Install a Capacitor plugin, such as the Share plugin, and use it in your Vue app:
Import the package and call the
share() function in your app:
After installing new plugins, run the
sync command and redeploy the app to your device:
Adding Konsta UI
To use Konsta UI in your Vue app, you need to have tailwind already install and to install the package:
To use Konsta UI in your Vue app, install the package and modify your
Wrap your app with the
App component in the
pages/_app.vue file, and use Konsta UI Vue components in your Vue pages.
Capacitor is a great option for building native applications based on an existing web project. 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.
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