Introducing: Ionic builds for Android apps

May 30, 2018

Introducing: Ionic builds for Android apps

Following the recent addition of the Android workflow, we're excited to announce that Buddy now supports Ionic builds!

For Ionic developers new to Buddy, this means you can now automate the entire delivery process down to a single push to Git – from building APK packages, to releasing them to the Google Store:

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Automating Ionic Delivery

Running Ionic builds

The new build is available in the Android section of pipeline actions. It features the same configuration details as the regular Android build action, yet with an extra Node Version section:

Action detailsAction details

The next screen brings the details of the Docker container (environment) where the build is performed:

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Signing the APK

Instead of storing the keys to your store in the repository (which is not very safe, to be honest), you can safely upload the keys to the pipeline's filesystem and use it to automatically sign your build:

Sign APK action detailsSign APK action details

Publishing to Google Play

The last step is publishing the built and signed APK to the Google Store. Buddy has a dedicated action for that, too:

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The action requires creating a private key and permissions for Google Play. You can learn how to do it here

Need help setting up your workflow?

Reach out on the Intercom or drop a word to with a short description of your workflow and we'll show you how to configure a pipeline for your process.


Alexander Kus

Alexander Kus

Customer Success Manager

A story-teller and conversation-lover, Alexander decided to invest his skills to help his friends at Buddy transform the cold language of patch notes into exciting narratives. Also: an avid gamer, hip-hop DJ, Liverpool FC fan, absentminded husband, and the father of two.