Migrating from Ionic

In this page, we will demonstrate a quick and easy steps to migrate a Ionic project into Monaca using Monaca CLI. After finish this guide, you would be able to run, test/debug and build an app from your Ionic project using Monaca! Let’s get started!


  1. Before starting the migration process, please make sure to read about the Key Points in order to have a seamless migration.

  2. Install Monaca CLI globally with npm

    $ npm install -g monaca

Migration Steps

  1. After Monaca CLI installation, login with your Monaca account.
    $ monaca login
  2. Navigate to your Ionic project directory.
    $ cd <project dir>
  3. Then, running monaca init to convert your project to Monaca's project structure:
    $ monaca init
    $ ...
    $ ? Are you sure you want to continue initializing this project? Yes
    $ ? Is it a transpilable project? Yes
    $ ? Which command do you use to serve the app? ionic-app-scripts serve
    $ ? Which command do you use to build the app? ionic-app-scripts build
    $ ? Which command do you use to watch the changes from your app? ionic-app-scripts watch
    After it is finished, 3 new commands should be injected to your package.json files as following:
    "scripts": {
        "monaca:preview": "ionic-app-scripts serve & ionic-app-scripts watch",
        "monaca:transpile": "ionic-app-scripts build",
        "monaca:debug": "ionic-app-scripts watch"

Debugging with Monaca CLI

Monaca Debugger is an application for testing and debugging your Monaca apps on real devices in real-time. When developing Monaca apps on your local PC, assuming that your local PC is successfully paired with Monaca Debugger, all changes made to your project files will be pushed into your Monaca Debugger as soon as you save those changes.

Let’s get started with Monaca Debugger as follows:

  1. Install Monaca Debugger app on your device from Google Play or AppStore.

    If you want to install Monaca Debugger on Android emulator, please refer to Monaca Debugger for Android Emulator .
  2. Launch Monaca Debugger app and sign in with your Monaca account. Make sure you are using the same account for Monaca CLI.

  3. Before starting to debug, you need to pair Monaca Debugger with the local PC first. Prior to the pairing, please pay attention to the following points:

    • Monaca Debugger and the local PC have to connect to the same network connection (LAN or Wi-Fi).
    • Disable the local PC’s firewall.
  4. After the above points are confirmed, we can now start pairing. In the terminal, navigate to the project directory and type monaca debug.

        $ cd <project dir>
        $ monaca debug

  5. Then, a popup message prompting you to pair the debugger with the local PC will appear inside Monaca Debugger.

  6. If your pairing is successful, your local project name will appear under Local Projects in Monaca Debugger. However, if you fail the pairing, please refer to Fail to Pair Monaca Debugger.

  7. To run a project, simply tap on the project name in Monaca Debugger (as shown in the above picture).

  8. Your project should now be running in the debugger. Go ahead and try out the various operations of your project! After that, try making some code changes and save them. Then, you should see the changes reflected in the debugger.

In order to stop debugging and unpair the debugger, press Ctrl+c.

Building the app

Now that you can use Monaca CLI commands with your Vue project, let’s start building it with Monaca CLI. For simplicity, we only show how to create a debug build for Android in this guide.

Using CLI Command Only

  1. Navigate to the Vue project directory.

    $ cd <project dir>

  2. Start Android Debug Build

    $ monaca remote build android --build-type=debug

Using CLI Command with GUI

  1. Navigate to the Vue project directory.

    $ cd <project dir>

  2. Open the Build Window to start building.

    $ monaca remote build --browser

  3. The Debug build is selected by default. So, just click on Start Build.

  4. It may take several minutes for the build to complete. Please wait. The following screen will appear after the build is successfully completed. You can then choose various ways to install the build app into your device.

Where to go from here

To learn more about Monaca, please refer to the following materials: