Monaca Cloud IDE is equipped with terminal consoles. This is mainly used for running a HTTP server for showing a preview of an application (previewer). It can also be used to provide access to the Linux container for your project.
In this section, we will guide you through how you can take advantages of the integrated terminal feature in Monaca Cloud IDE.
Terminal feature can be used only with a paid plan.
Integrated terminal is equipped with two console windows:
Preview Logtab: a terminal window for running HTTP service for providing content in the previewer
Terminaltab: a terminal window for executing arbitary commands (i.e. git, npm, cordova, monaca and most of the UNIX basic commands)
When the user starts the cloud IDE, a Linux container is created on demand. Containers are shared among multiple users, which means you cannot execute certain commands or operations that are restricted.
Container is destroyed soon after the user closes the cloud IDE. Be sure to read the following section to prevent important files to be deleted.
All files that are created in the container will be lost when the container is destroyed, except the files located in the following directories:
/home/terminaluser: user's home directory. This directory is shared among all projects.
/project: project root directory
When the project is opened in the Monaca Cloud IDE for the first time, it will perform the necessary configuration for the project under certain circumstances:
- When the project is equipped with a
package.jsonfile, it will execute
npm installto install the required NPM dependencies.
- When the
monaca:previewscript is missing from the
package.jsonfile, the update dialog is displayed and it will execute
monaca updateto update the project structure.
The preview log tab shows the output of the preview server of each project. The preview server runs the
monaca previewcommand which executes the
monaca:previewscript of the
package.jsonfile. As you can see in this picture, the preview server is running
browser-syncas it is defined in the script. Previewer will connect to the preview server once it is accepting HTTP request. The default port number is
8080but you can change it by clicking the
The port number can be set between
8080-8084in the configuration dialog.
When you change the port number in
the Preview Server Settingsdialog, you might as well need to change the port number in the
package.jsonfile and other config files manually.
To open a new terminal, click the
icon next to your tabs and choose New Terminal.
This feature is not available for free plan users.
Terminal is actually hosted by the terminal multiplexer called Tmux. You can override the default Tmux configuration by editing
Visual aspects of the terminal can be customized by going to Configure → Workspace Configuration.
You might notice that once you are scrolling inside the terminal console, a little message appeares at the top-right corner telling you the current scolling position of the pane. It indicates that you are in the
scroll mode. When you scroll down to the bottom of the terminal pane, the
scroll modewill be exited automatically. Otherwise, you can press
ESCkey to leave from the
There are some known issues and limitations:
Integrated terminal feature is using third-party cookies. Therefore, some Chrome extensions (such as ad blockers) or browser's configuration might block the request to the terminal console. For this reason, please disable such extensions or configurations.
If you are receiving the error message regarding cross-site tracking or cookie, please disable them in the Safari's settings as follows:
- 1.From Safari, go to Preferences → Privacy.
Privacytab might look different in different OS versions. Please make sure that the cookies are unblocked and the cross-site tracking is allowed. Here is an example:
Safari v. 11.1.X
Safari v. 11.0.X
Certain commands and operations are restricted for security purpose. Please contact us if you find any issues.