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Introduction

Appcelerator provides a command-line interface to check and configure your environment setup, create and build applications, and much more.  This guide covers how to install the Appcelerator CLI and execute some common tasks.

Run appc --help to see all available target options or see the Appcelerator Command-Line Interface Reference.

Installation

To setup the Appcelerator CLI, install Node.js, install the appcelerator module using the NPM CLI, then run the appc setup command to download and setup the latest CLI package.

Install Node.js

The CLI requires Node.js 0.10.13 or later. If you don't have Node installed, install it from:

Before installing the CLI, you should decide where you want the Node Package Manager (npm) to install packages. By default npm installs into /usr/local on OS X, which requires that you run npm as root. This is not recommended. You can avoid having to run npm by doing one of the following:

  • Make the /usr/local directory writable by all: sudo chmod 777 /usr/local
  • Set npm to install to your home directory, or another directory of your choosing by setting the npm prefix. For example, you can add the following to your .bash_profile or other initialization file:  export NPM_CONFIG_PREFIX=$HOME

In this case, npm packages are installed to $HOME/lib/node_modules and launch scripts are installed in $HOME/bin$HOME/bin must be in your PATH.

For more information, see Installing Node.

Install the CLI

  1. Install the appc CLI. You many need to prepend the command with sudo.

  2. Setup the AMPLIFY Appcelerator Services environment.  This process will download the latest updates, setup the CLI and verify your development environment.

  3. After getting the latest updates, you are prompted for your AMPLIFY Appcelerator Services credentials.

  4. If you are a member or more than one organization, you will be prompted to select an organization.

  5. Next, you must authorize your computer.  Select either to send the authorization code to a phone number (using SMS/text messaging) or e-mail associated with your AMPLIFY Appcelerator Services account.

  6. Enter the code you received.
  7. Finally, the CLI will ask you about the projects you want to develop, and based on your answers, will check your environment to verify it is OK.

If you encounter an error installing appc, see Troubleshooting npm Problems.

Update the CLI

The CLI has two components: the NPM package and the Core package, which contains the other CLI components.

To update the NPM package, run the npm install appcelerator -g command.  Note that you may need to prefix the command with sudo on OS X systems.

To update the Core package, run the appc setup command to download and install the latest package.

Configure the CLI

Proxy Setup

If you are using the Appcelerator CLI from behind a proxy, you need to configure your proxy server settings using the appc config set command to set the proxyServer variable to your proxy server settings.

Note: We encourage you to use appc config set cafile as a security option over appc config set strictSSL false as the latter doesn’t do SSL key validation when making requests.

Set the Core Package Version

To use a specific version of the core package (which contains specific versions of the Alloy, Arrow and Titanium CLIs), run the appc use <version> command.  If you do not have the specified version installed, the CLI will download and install it for you.

To see a list of available versions, run the appc use command (without a version).

Next steps

After setting up the CLI, please review Appcelerator CLI Tasks on building apps with the CLI.