What do I need in order to use Monaca?

In order to use Monaca Cloud IDE, all you need is stable Internet connection and the latest Google Chrome browser. You may also need to have a smart mobile device to test your applications. To speed up your app development, we highly recommend you to install Monaca Debugger app on your mobile device. It allows you to test your apps instantly on your device without building/installing every time you make changes to the code.

Monaca users can also develop on their local computers without using Monaca Cloud IDE. This can be done by using Monaca Localkit and Monaca CLI.

What knowledge is required to develop mobile apps with Monaca?

If you develop a simple application, you can start developing immediately as long as you know HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript to some extent.

Why can I develop smartphone applications with Monaca even without using Java or Objective-C?

Monaca builds on top of Apache Cordova, an app development framework that packs your HTML5 app as a native app that can run on Android, iOS, and other platforms. Apache Cordova also gives you Javascript bindings to invoke native functionalities on a mobile device. Therefore, Java (for Android) and Objective-C (for iPhone/iPad) are not required when developing with Monaca.

Tell me about the operating systems of devices which are compatible with Monaca.

For the corresponding OS of each tool of Monaca, please see the Supported Environments page.

How can I remove a permission for an unused feature in an Android app?

You can control permissions of any features in an application by using <uses-permission> element inside the AndroidManifest.xml file. For more information, please refer to Android Configuration File.

I don't have a Mac, but can I create an iOS application?

Monaca is a browser-based IDE. Therefore, as long as you have a computer with a valid web browser (Google Chrome) and a stable Internet connection, you can develop iOS apps with Monaca.

However, when developing iOS apps, you are required to join Apple Developer Program. Moreover, in order to publish your apps to the App Store, you need to submit your application file (*.ipa) via Application Loader which is only available on a Mac.

Fortunately, it's possible to upload your application file directly from Monaca Cloud IDE using Monaca Upload Feature. In this case, you don't need a Mac at all to either create or publish iOS apps with Monaca.

I can't open Monaca Cloud IDE.

Monaca Cloud IDE is fully supported on Google Chrome browser. You may be able to open it on other browsers but various errors might happen. For this reason, we highly recommend to only use Monaca Cloud IDE on Google Chrome browser.

Monaca Cloud IDE does not support mobile browser.

Can I use my own development environment to develop Monaca apps?

Yes, you can. Monaca comes with Monaca Localkit and Monaca CLI which allow you to develop locally using your own preferred IDE or code editor.

Application does not run on Preview panel in the IDE.

When using Live Preview, you should be aware of the the following limitations:

  • Cordova Plugin APIs are not available.

  • Ajax requests will fail because of Cross-origin restriction.

    However, it can be done if server-side scripts return Access-Control-Allow-Origin Header (i.e., Cross-Origin Ajax Request is permitted).

  • Viewport appearance may differ from real devices.

  • Monaca Backend API and Push Notifications can not be initialized.

Why I can't archive my project?

Project archiving is only available for paid users. For more information, please refer to Pricing page.

Why Live Preview can't get resource from other domain?

Because of same origin policy which restricts the cross-origin resource sharing. It prevents JavaScript from making requests across domain boundaries and has spawned various hacks for making cross-domain requests.

How to enable Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)?

In order to enable Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), you just need to add the following header into a CORS response:

Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *

Moreover, to permit a URL which your app and debugger are allowed to get resources from, you can make configuration either using

Monaca Cloud IDE is not working properly.

If Monaca Cloud IDE is not working properly, please try the following recommendations:

  1. Use the latest version of Chrome.

  2. If you are already using the latest version of Chrome, try clearing

    the browser's cache.

  3. If you are using various extensions in Chrome, some of them may

    interrupt Monaca Cloud IDE. Therefore, please try launching Monaca

    Cloud IDE from Chrome's Incognito Window.

Why all of my projects disappear?

Your projects may be automatically archived. This automation occurs when a Basic (Free) plan user is inactive for more than 180 days. Several emails will be sent to remind the user before the archiving process is done.

In order to restore the archived projects, please subscribe to a paid plan and ask our Support team to restore them.

Why do I get a 200 MB limit error when uploading a plugin?

Unfortunately, it's impossible to upload a plugin bigger than 200 MB on Monaca Cloud IDE. However, it is possible to import the plugin while building instead. In order to import the plugin while building, please do as follows:

  1. Upload the plugin to any file hosting site. We recommend using GitHub.

  2. On Monaca Cloud IDE, open Import Cordova Plugin dialog.

  3. Select Specify URL or Package Name option.

  4. Input the URL of your plugin file.

  5. Click on OK.

The message "Check your passwords" is displayed in Monaca Cloud IDE.

The following message may be displayed on Monaca Cloud IDE.

Check your passwords.

A data breach on a site or app exposed your password. Chrome recommends checking your saved passwords now.

Due to the security features added in Google Chrome version 79, if you enter a password that has already been leaked, you may see the above message. The password you entered may have been leaked, so we recommend that you change it to a new password.

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