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NativeScript Sidekick

Set Up Your System and Install Sidekick

Step 1: Install Node.js

To run NativeScript Sidekick, you need to have Node.js installed on your machine. To check whether Node.js is installed on your development machine, you should open a terminal or command prompt and run the node --version command. If you get an error, head to https://nodejs.org/ and download and install the latest Node.js LTS version. We recommend using Node.js 8.x.

Step 2: Install the NativeScript CLI

To run NativeScript Sidekick, you need to have the latest version of the NativeScript CLI installed on your machine. To install the latest version of NativeScript CLI from npm, you should open a terminal or command prompt and run the following command:

npm install -g nativescript

Step 3: Download and Install Sidekick

  1. Download the installation file appropriate for your operating system:
  2. Run the downloaded installable and complete the installation.

    • The easiest way to install Sidekick on Ubuntu based distributions is to install the .deb package downloaded from the link above either through the graphical software center or through the command line by executing the following commands:

      sudo dpkg -i NativeScriptSidekick-amd64.deb
      sudo apt-get install -f # Install dependencies
      

When you launch Sidekick on a macOS system, you might see the following error message: NativeScript Sidekick can't be opened because the identity of the developer cannot be confirmed. How to resolve this issue is explained in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Step 4 (Optional): Install iOS and Android Requirements for Local Builds

If you plan on using only the Cloud build functionality, you should disregard this step.

To build locally with NativeScript Sidekick, you need to set up each platform you intend to build for on your development machine.