Appery.io has an automatic app update feature, which means you can update apps that your end-users have already installed on the device and this can be done without going through an app store.
The automatic update is performed from the EXPORT menu, located in the App Builder Toolbar:
The feature is optional for every project and is enabled by default.
- Only web resources: HTML/JS/SCSS can be auto updated.
- Cordova core (installed by default) and 3rd party Cordova plug-ins can’t be automatically updated. So, if you once decide to add (enable) any new plug-in to your app or change any autoupdate setting (for example, enabling or disabling any check box) you will need to republish it to make the automatic update feature work as expected.
The following resources require that your app gets published through the app store:
- Launch icons.
- Splash screens.
- Push notification configuration.
- New app permissions (iOS keys or Android permissions).
- Any other native code.
For this feature to be available for an app, your initial build must include:
Auto-downloading/ Auto-installing of app updates
With the automatic update enabled, two more options of managing app updates become available.
So, you can also choose to enable:
Note that if the initial app build was created with the autoupdate feature enabled for only one type of binary (
Android), only this binary will be receiving updates automatically.
To enable automatic updating for the other binary type, you will need to republish the app.
- Hot Code Push Plugin of version 1.6.9 enabled under Project > App settings > Cordova plugins > Core Cordova plugins:
Please note, that if you are using the latest Appery.io library, the Cordova Hot Code Push Plugin should be enabled (App settings > Cordova plugins > Core Cordova plugins) in order for your application to display the auto update download indicator.
- Also, your end-user(s) will need to install the app for the first time either from an app store or directly on the device.
If you disable the automatic update (uncheck the box) two more options of managing app updates (auto-downloading/ auto-installing of updates) become unavailable.
When making the following changes to your app, you can then apply them to the published app using the automatic update feature:
- Updating app pages with added or removed UI components
- Adding new REST API services
- Making changes to app navigation
Once you are done with the needed app updates, go to Export > Auto update.
Upon selecting Auto update, you will be provided with the option to confirm that you want to publish the app update:
At this point, the platform will start publishing the changes you've made. When ready, you will get notified:
Now, the next time your end-user runs the app the changes made will be downloaded and the updates applied on the fly.
Who Gets the Update?
Currently all the devices which have downloaded the app will get the update if an update is available and published. Currently, there is no option to push an update to a specific device.
Note that when the end-user launches your app and its update is available (autoupdate and auto-download update features should be both enabled under Project > App settings > Android binary/iOS binary), it will be downloaded to the device automatically, so it’s important that the device has strong wireless or WiFi connection - with a weak connection, it will take longer to download the update.
Note as well that if autoupdate and auto-download update options are disabled, the automatic updating process will become manageable by the app developer only.
Auto-updating of Projects with Deprecated Libraries Versions
To make sure the projects created under the deprecated libraries versions will continue getting automatic updates you should first make a backup of your working project, then upgrade to the latest library version by enabling the Hot Code Push plug-in under the Settings tab. Now, you can export the binary
.ipafile(s) for further publishing the updated project.
Please be aware that in some cases, a significant period of time is needed to push the updated code into the published app.
Autoupdate for JQM Projects
All AngularJS apps support automatic updates.
If you’d like to add the automatic update feature to your old JQM project, you should switch your libraries version in App Settings > Resources.
Updated about 2 months ago