NativeScript Mobile App Development

With Progress AppBuilder and NativeScript, you can develop cross-platform native mobile apps for iOS and Android.

The name NativeScript reflects the nature of the framework - it lets you create truly native apps using JavaScript. A mobile app developed with NativeScript is basically JavaScript code which with the help of the NativeScript runtimes gets translated the native language of the mobile platform. Such apps are truly native apps with native performance, user interface and access to device capabilities.

At the core of NativeScript mobile apps are the modules and the runtimes. The modules expose the native device capabilities and user interface components via JavaScript code. The runtimes interpret, compile and execute your JavaScript code on the native mobile platform and in addition, let you tap into unique platform APIs from inside your code. Some additional functionality is also available via custom NativeScript plug-ins from npm.

Some of the biggest strengths of the NativeScript approach are its cross-platform nature, quick access to native libraries and native performance. For a complete breakdown of the strengths and challenges of this approach, see Hybrid or NativeScript—Choosing the Path for You.

Supported NativeScript Versions

In AppBuilder, you can develop with the following NativeScript versions:

  • 3.0.0 - Experimental
  • 2.5.0
  • 2.4.0 - Deprecated
  • 2.3.0 - Deprecated

Support for deprecated framework versions will be removed in a future release.

For more information about how to change the NativeScript version of your app, see Configure the Target NativeScript Version.

Supported Mobile Platforms

AppBuilder lets you develop, test, build and publish NativeScript mobile apps for the following iOS and Android mobile platforms.

  iOS Support Android Support
Device Simulator You cannot run NativeScript apps in the device simulator. You cannot run NativeScript apps in the device simulator.
Connected or Remote Devices You can build and deploy your app on devices running iOS 8.0 and later. You can build and deploy your app on devices running Android 4.2 and later.
Developer App You can test your app in the NativeScript developer app on devices running iOS 8.0 or later. You can test your app in the NativeScript developer app on devices running Android 4.2 or later.

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