Monaca is a development environment for smartphone and tablet applications provided by Asial Corporation. Monaca does not only provide you with a development environment at your fingertips but also allows anyone to be able to develop smartphone applications easier.
Monaca uses a hybrid approach to deliver mobile apps. It makes hybrid mobile app development process with PhoneGap/Cordova simpler and stress-free with our comprehensive cloud-powered app development tools and services. Monaca is framework-agnostic and adaptive, ready to be immediately plugged into your existing workflow and development environment, creating the most open Cordova platform available.
Monaca’s top 3 benefits are:
For your flexibility and convenience during app development process, Monaca provides four different development environments as shown in the following subsections.
Monaca Cloud IDE provides a browser-based development environment as a service. Right from your Web browser, all of your Cordova development is done without any setup. Along with the Monaca Debugger, Live Preview (built-in function in Monaca Cloud IDE) allows you to easily check the progress of your apps during development. Noticeably, there are neither Cordova plugins nor native functions in Live Preview. Therefore, the app required those plugins and functions can’t be previewed properly. Read more.
Monaca Localkit is a local environment development support tool offered through our app development platform, “Monaca”. You can achieve better security and peace-of-mind from your own app development environment by combining existing tools such as code editors and version management system, with the versatile development support capabilities of Monaca. With Monaca Localkit, Monaca users are able to setup their preferred development environment on local PC. Read more.
Monaca CLI provides command line interface to use Monaca Cloud. It features the debugger connection, inspector integration, project creation and remote building. You can also import projects that exist in the cloud when you want to switch your environment to local. Read more.
Monaca for Visual Studio is another local development tool provided by Monaca. With this tool, Monaca users are able to develop an app using Visual Studio as the development environment. It’s free if you are a Visual Studio Community user. Read more.
On top of the flexibility in the development environment, Monaca also provides high development efficiency by using Monaca Debugger. Monaca Debugger is an application used to test and debug your Monaca applications on real devices without building the applications during the development. It needs to be installed on your mobile devices. The app will automatically sync all your development projects and run them without the build process. Read more.
Here is a table summarizing the debugging options between Monaca Debugger and Monaca development tools. For more information, please refer to Debugging Monaca Apps.
|Monaca Development Tools||Monaca Cloud IDE||Monaca CLI/Monaca Localkit/Monaca for Visual Studio|
|Requirement||Internet connection||Internet connection and pairing|
|Monaca Debug Panel||The OS of your device and PC isn’t a problem. You can use this debug option whether you have a Mac/Windows and your device can either be an iOS or Android.||Not available|
|USB Debugging||If you have an iOS device, you need a Mac because Safari (Safari remote debugging) is only available on Mac. If you have an Android device, you can use either a Mac/Windows as long as you have a Chrome Browser (Chrome DevTools).|
Monaca provides various account types to match with your needs ranging from basic (FREE) to enterprise plan. After registration, your default account has a basic plan. You can upgrade it later when you want. For detailed information of Monaca account types and theirs usages, please refer to Monaca Pricing.
If you use Activation Code:
Required knowledge for hybrid app development: