Android.js - build android apps from nodejs

Yeah, i know that's a lot of disadvantages there but it also provides different APIs for you to interact with.

an android.js application isn't only a WebView like a front end of a site, it can also interact with the backend and interact with files and much more!


npm install androidjs

Install Android JS project generator and builder

npm install -g androidjs-builder


mkdir AndroidApp
cd AndroidApp
androidjs g
npm install

it will generate a sample project inside AndroidApp directory.

Which will look like:

    |__ assets
    |       |__ ipc, css, js
    |__ views
    |       |__ index.html
    |__ main.js
    |__ package.json
  • main.js is the main file or we can say it is back process of your app which execute all the code written in node, so you have to write all the node js code inside main.js
  • index.html is the first view which is render by app initially
  • package.json to keep track of all your node packages
  • assets to store all assets of your app

time to build

cd AndroidApp
androidjs b

it will generate apk file inside dist folder

if this build command fails or generated any error, try to build with force command

androidjs b -f

Why not to use it

Android.js isn't better than react-native
But, at least you can (somewhat) throw your existing code in it and generate an API to work on a device just like android application.
React native stays the best way to make Android applications with react (JavaScript).

other resources


Android.js is an amazing framework if you don't know react

But if you know react, react native comes in handy at the first place.

originally published here at my blog

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