To run NativeScript Sidekick, you need to have NativeScript CLI version 4.0.2 or later installed on your machine.
New user interface for the main Sidekick view
We have updated the user interface of the main Sidekick view to be more intuitive and easy to use. The most notable change is related to the run on device feature - to access the
Run on Deviceview, you need to open the
Devicestab from the left side toolbar.
Generate application assets for all mobile platform from a single image
Provide a single icon or splash screen source image and Sidekick will use it to generate app assets (icons and splash screens) for all mobile platforms. For more information about the app assets generation, see Assets Management.
Enable webpack for cloud and local builds in debug configuration
Enable the webpack option in
debugbuilds to bundle your code and improve the performance of your application during the development process. For more information about webpack and how to use it in Sidekick, see Bundle Your Code with Webpack.
Manage the dev dependencies of your app directly from Sidekick
App Settingsnow lists the
devDependenciesof your app. They are marked by the
devtag and you can add new or remove existing ones from your project the same way you do with the ordinary dependencies. For more information about plugins management in Sidekick, see Plugins Management.
Quickly access the folder that stores the Sidekick logs
To access the folder containing the logs, you should open Sidekick and select
Show Logsfrom the top menu. You can inspect the logs to identify build errors or share them in GitHub issues or support tickets.
Enterprise authentication for your mobile app
You can connect your app to an enterprise authentication provider via OAuth 2, OpenID Connect or SAML-Redirect. For more information about the enterprise authentication and how to configure it, see Using Enterprise Authentication.
The NativeScript CLI logs are now visible in Sidekick
You can find the logs inside the
Alltab of the
Outputpane. The NativeScript CLI logs contain the
(CLI)prefix to make them distinguishable from the Sidekick logs.
Introducing industry specific app templates
Health Surveytemplates can be accessed from the
Industrytab in the
Create Appview. Both templates leverage the Progress Health Cloud and use Kinvey for back-end.
New user interface for the app creation view
Create Appdialog is no longer a separate window and the user interface is updated to reflect the addition of the industry specific templates. For more information about creating apps, see Create App From Template.
Switch between available accounts
Members of multiple shared accounts can use the newly introduce user interface to quickly switch between all available accounts. For more information, see Switch Accounts.
Open apps in your favorite code editor directly from Sidekick
You can use the newly added
Open in Editorbutton to quickly open the code of your application in a predefined code editor. For more information, see Configure Code Editor.
Enable webpack for cloud and local builds in release configuration
Enable the webpack option in
releasebuilds to bundle your code and improve the performance of your application. For more information about webpack and how to use it in Sidekick, see Bundle Your Code with Webpack.
Modify your proxy settings
On Windows systems, you can configure the proxy settings of Sidekick and the NativeScript CLI directly from the client. For more information, see Configure Proxy Settings.
Initial environment verification
When you launch the NativeScript Sidekick client, it will check if you have Node.js and NativeScript CLI installed on your machine. If any of those dependencies are missing, Sidekick will offer to download and install them automatically. This verification is available only when you run Sidekick on Windows and macOS systems.
NativeScript Sidekick is officially released!
With the official release, we are introducing subscriptions. You can choose between several types of subscriptions, each offering different benefits. For more information, see the official NativeScript Sidekick purchase page.