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Ionic SDK Setup

OneSignal Ionic SDK Setup Guide. Works with iOS, Android (and derivatives like Amazon) and Windows Phone 8.1.

For Developers

Required For Setup

  • A OneSignal Account if you do not already have one
  • Your OneSignal App ID, available in Keys & IDs
  • Cordova 6.4.0 or newer - You should also remove other Push SDKs that you are not using, otherwise you may see duplicate notifications.
  • iOS - An iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) to test on. The Xcode simulator doesn't support push notifications so you must test on a real device.
  • iOS - You MUST have a Mac with a new version of Xcode

Note for existing Ionic push customers

On 8/31/17, Ionic removed it's native push capabilities and is now relying on third parties like OneSignal for customers that want to use push notifications. Don't worry, though! You're in the right place - just follow these instructions and you'll be all set with push notifications in your Ionic app.

Update SDK

If you already have an app with the Ionic SDK, you can run this to ensure your SDK is on the latest version:

ionic cordova plugin update onesignal-cordova-plugin

If you have not set up an app yet, follow the instructions below.

Setup SDK

Generate Credentials

Before setting up the Ionic SDK, you must generate the appropriate credentials for the platform(s) you are releasing on:

iOS - Generate an iOS Push Certificate

Android - Generate a Google Server API Key

Amazon - Generate an Amazon API Key

Windows Phone 8.1 - Generate a Windows Phone Package SID and Secret

OneSignal supports Ionic 1 through 3.

iOS Requirements

  • iOS Platform 4.3.0 or newer
  • CocoaPods - Install with the following from the terminal.
  • IonicPro Package can skip to step 1.
sudo gem install cocoapods
pod repo update

1. Import from the Terminal

Run the following from your project directory.

ionic cordova plugin add onesignal-cordova-plugin --save
ionic plugin add onesignal-cordova-plugin --save
ionic cordova plugin add onesignal-cordova-plugin@2.1.0

// You may also need to change in package.json'"dependencies": {' node:
// "onesignal-cordova-plugin": "^2.1.0",
// To:
// "onesignal-cordova-plugin": "2.1.0",

2. Add required code

Optionally you can use the the OneSignal Typescript Ionic Native wrapper instead of following the step 2 instructions below.

2.1 If you are using the basic Ionic starter project add the following to your <project-dir>/src/app/app.component.ts. (or .js if you are using plain javascript)

// Add the following to your existing ready fuction.

constructor(platform: Platform, statusBar: StatusBar, splashScreen: SplashScreen) {
  platform.ready().then(() => {

    // OneSignal Code start:
    // Enable to debug issues:
    // window["plugins"].OneSignal.setLogLevel({logLevel: 4, visualLevel: 4});

    var notificationOpenedCallback = function(jsonData) {
      console.log('notificationOpenedCallback: ' + JSON.stringify(jsonData));

// Add the following to your existing ready fuction.

.run(function($ionicPlatform) {
  $ionicPlatform.ready(function() {
    // Enable to debug issues.
  // window.plugins.OneSignal.setLogLevel({logLevel: 4, visualLevel: 4});
  var notificationOpenedCallback = function(jsonData) {
    console.log('notificationOpenedCallback: ' + JSON.stringify(jsonData));


2.2 Update initialization parameters

Replace YOUR_APPID with your OneSignal AppId, available in Keys & IDs

3. Android

3.1 Open the Android SDK Manager.

3.2 Make sure to install and update the following under Extras:

  • Android Support Repository
  • Google Repository

3.3 Follow the Custom Notification Icons instructions below to create a small notification icon required for Android 5.0+ devices.

4. Amazon ADM

Place your api_key.txt file into your <project-dir>/platforms/android/assets/ folder.

To create an api_key.txt for your app follow our Generate an Amazon API Key

5. iOS - Part 1 (Required)

5.0 Open <project-root>/platform/ios/YourAppName.xcworkspace
5.1 Select the root project and Under Capabilities Enable "Push Notifications".
5.2 Next Enable "Background Modes" and check "Remote notifications".

5. iOS - Part 2 (Recommend)

5.3 To support Action Buttons and Media Attachments on iOS 10+ please follow the Notification Service Extension guide (Only steps 1.1 to 1.5). Make sure to use Objective-C on this step then come back to this page and continue following the steps below.

5.4 Select the new OneSignalNotificationServiceExtension Target, select "Build Settings" then search for Code Signing Entitlements.

5.5 Delete both Debug and Release entries so they are blank.

5.6 Select Build Phases and expanded the"Link Binary With Libraries" section.
5.7 Press the + and add SystemConfiguration.framework and UIKit.framework.
5.8 Press the + and click Add Other...

5.9 Navigate to <Project-Root> > platforms > ios > Pods > OneSignalSDK > Framework >
Select OneSignal.framework and press Open

5.10 You should now see all 3 frameworks

6. Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8.1)

Only Ionic 1 supports Windows Phone 8.1 projects
Your app does not have to be published however, you must have it created on the Windows Dev Center. Follow our Windows Phone Project SID & Secret setup if you have not done this yet.

6.1 Run ionic build windows and open the .sln in <project-root>/platforms/windows/

6.2 Under the Windows Phone 8.1 project double click on Package.appxmanifest then select the "Application" tab and scroll down to the "Notifications:" section. Change "Toast capable:" to Yes.

6.3 Right click on your VS project and select Store>Associate App with the Store...

6.4 Click Next and sign into your Microsoft account.

6.5 Select your app and press Next.

6.6. Lastly press Associate.


If you run into any errors see Troubleshooting Cordova Variants, our our general Troubleshooting section.

You're Done!

Next up: Send your first push notification via the OneSignal Dashboard

Ionic SDK Setup

OneSignal Ionic SDK Setup Guide. Works with iOS, Android (and derivatives like Amazon) and Windows Phone 8.1.

For Developers