Ionic adds a new State feature

To be fair, this may not be very new, I’ve been working with an alpha version of the Ionic CLI while I test push (and other stuff ;) so my version has been a bit out of sync. Today I switched from the alpha to the release version and discovered a cool new feature - State.

The State feature lets you quickly save and restore plugins and platforms for an Ionic project. By default, when you add a platform or a plugin, Ionic will store this information in the package.json file. Here is an example of adding a platform:


(And as an aside - did you notice it added icons and splashscreens? Freaking awesome.) And here is adding a new plugin:


When done, here is how package.json is updated:

  "name": "apr20-2",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "apr20-2: An Ionic project",
  "dependencies": {
    "gulp": "^3.5.6",
    "gulp-sass": "^1.3.3",
    "gulp-concat": "^2.2.0",
    "gulp-minify-css": "^0.3.0",
    "gulp-rename": "^1.2.0"
  "devDependencies": {
    "bower": "^1.3.3",
    "gulp-util": "^2.2.14",
    "shelljs": "^0.3.0"
  "cordovaPlugins": [
  "cordovaPlatforms": [

To skip this, you can use –nosave for both platform and plugin modifications. Now comes the cool part. To quickly load in plugins and platforms, you can simply do:

ionic state restore

And Ionic will add in the appropriate plugins and platforms. This will be incredibly useful for folks checking out your Ionic project from a source control repository.

You can also do:

ionic state save

To store the current platforms and plugins to the package.json. I would imagine you would use this feature if you used the –nosave option to test a plugin you weren’t sure you wanted to actually keep around.

You may want to remove everything. You can do this with:

ionic state clear

But be aware this really, really does remove everything, including the default plugins Ionic always install. Finally, you can do:

ionic state reset

This will remove everything then bring back what you have specified in the package.json file.

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