Installing @nativescript/capacitor

1. Follow the Ionic Getting Started Guide

2. Follow the Capacitor Getting Started Guide


Compatible with Capacitor 4+

We recommend using yarn to install dependencies in your project.

// Ensure you have added iOS and Android platforms to your Capacitor app

ionic capacitor add android
ionic capacitor add ios

3. Install @nativescript/capacitor

yarn add @nativescript/capacitor or npm install @nativescript/capacitor?


Using yarn can help with project dependency issues. If you encounter a webpack build error you can try clearing your node_modules and package-lock.json and using yarn to install your dependencies instead.

If you are using npm 7+, you may see this prompt during install:

Need to install the following packages:
Ok to proceed? (y)

You can just type y and hit enter to proceed.

4. Success

  1. You can now make changes to anything in src/nativescript.
  2. In addition to using those utilities via the native import throughout your Ionic web codebase to access any NativeScript you write:
import { native } from '@nativescript/capacitor';

You can build both your Web app and NativeScript via:

yarn build:mobile

Then sync with Capacitor before running on iOS or Android:

npx cap sync


Before installing, ensure you have:

  • Followed both the Ionic and Capacitor getting started guides above. Ensure you're using Capacitor 4+ with:

  • Run npx cap init once as mentioned in the Capacitor docs.

  • Run ionic capacitor add ios and/or ionic capacitor add android to create the Capacitor platforms.

  • You can now install @nativescript/capacitor successfully.


Whenever you npx cap sync you may encounter any of the following errors:

Potential error 1

✖ Updating iOS native dependencies with pod install - failed!
✖ update ios - failed!
[error] Analyzing dependencies
        Downloading dependencies
        Installing NativeScript (8.3.3)
        Installing NativeScriptUI (0.1.1)
        Installing NativescriptCapacitor 4.0.0
        objc[64468]: Class AMSupportURLConnectionDelegate is implemented in both /usr/lib/libauthinstall.dylib
        (0x21f712b90) and /Library/Apple/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework/Versions/A/MobileDevice
        (0x103de42c8). One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.
        objc[64468]: Class AMSupportURLSession is implemented in both /usr/lib/libauthinstall.dylib (0x21f712be0) and
        /Library/Apple/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework/Versions/A/MobileDevice (0x103de4318).
        One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.
        Searching for inspections failed: undefined method `map' for nil:NilClass


This is known to happen on Mac M1 depending on your setup. You can run the following to correct it:

brew upgrade && sudo xcode-select -r

That should ensure system dependencies are correct and xcode default path is reset properly.

Potential error 2

Nanaimo::Reader::ParseError - [!] Found additional characters after parsing the root plist object
 #  -------------------------------------------
1>  version
 #  oid sha256:e385dc25878dba8bf63a4ec695d935413db579efc88328284d0dfbc4d440c08d
 #  size 1463
 #  -------------------------------------------


Please check if you have git-lfs installed and clear cocoapod cache before running install again

To clear cache please go to ~/Library/Caches/Cocoapods/ and remove Amity SDK folder - you should be able to run a clean install afterward


Potential error 3

For Android, if you see an error like this in Logcat:

07:39:02.434 18398-18398/? E/TNS.error: metadata folder couldn't be opened! (Error: 2)


You can delete the android/app/src/main/assets/metadata folder and rerun.