Building for iOS can be very time consuming. Every time you make changes to a Cordova web app you need to do a
I’ve made a Hotwire IPA bash script to replace the ‘www’ web app folder with the updated directory. All you need to do is create an ‘*.ipa’ archive and the hotwire script can quickly update it with all web app changes and deploy to device (without need to jailbreak).
sh hotwire-ipa.sh -f ~/Desktop/app.ipa -d "www" -p ~/Cordova/app/www -b ~/Cordova/app/platforms/ios/www -i
-f is the path to *.ipa archive
-d is the dir to delete inside app
-p is the dir to copy in place
-b is the dir with Cordova build plugins and scripts
Setup and instructions for deploying iOS app using hotwire-ipa over on GitHub.
Time results for iOS Cordova app:
3m 09s – Each time you update web files you need to execute
cordova build ios to stage the updates.
0m 38s – Open in Xcode
8m 10s – Debug from Xcode
Total: 11m 57s
To run the script we need to first create an Archive and export it as an *.ipa archive in Xcode. Once this is done then future updates can be pushed using the script.
2m 53s – Create Archive
2m 13s – Export as .ipa
4m 39s – Deploy to device using hotwire-ipa script with
-i switch to install as *.ipa instead of *.app.
Total: 8m 45s (11m 54s if you include initial
cordova build ios)
That’s 3 minutes 12 seconds saved the first time if you have already done
cordova build ios just to compile the native code, then 7 minutes 18 seconds saved to deploy repeated web app updates.
All times recorded using Postcard web app (using ‘Story_0’ branch) on MacBook 1.2 GHz Intel Core M