Create Ionic 4 release build for Android


In this article, you will learn how to create ionic 4 release build for the Android platform.

What is Ionic?

Ionic framework is the free, open-source toolkit for developing high-quality cross-platform apps for native iOS, Android, and the web—all from a single codebase. It allows us to develop UI using the famous frameworks e.g Angular, Vue.js, React, etc.

Setting up release build for Android platform

Steps 1 - Run “npm install” on the root directory

Steps 2 - Add android platform with the CLI:

ionic platform add android

Steps 3 - If you are working in a distributed development environment then make sure to install the required files. Run ionic cordova prepare command. it will Install platforms and plugins listed in “config.xml”.

ionic cordova prepare android

Steps 4 - Now navigate to platforms/android with the CLI :

cd platforms/android

Create/Copy release signing key store file under platforms/android folder Copy the created Key store file for android application if you already have one otherwise generate a file with the CLI and answer all the questions:

keytool -genkey -v -keystore YourApp.keystore -alias YourApp -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -validity 10000

Follow the steps suggested in the documentation for Deploying to a Device.

Create/Specify release signing information

Steps 1 - Create a file with name “” under “platforms\android” folder.

Steps 2 - Add below information to this file:<YourApp keystore password>
key.alias.password=<YourApp alias password>

Create build for application

Now go back to the root of your Ionic project with the CLI and build a release version:

ionic cordova build android --prod --release

If command run successfully then you will find release APK under – APP_Root_Folder\platforms\android\app\build\outputs\apk\release

Reset plugins and platforms

To install Or reinstall all cordova plugins In Package.json with Ionic, Run this command on windows command prompt with administrator privilege

rd  plugins /d/s && rd platforms /d/s  && ionic cordova prepare


There are the steps to create a build for ionic 4 application and then you can host your application on the Android store.