App development

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Get started

Ubuntu Touch is a fun and vibrant platform for development. Whether you’re a new developer or an experienced one, we have several resources to help you get started.

Ubuntu Touch supports several different types of apps. Native apps are apps with interfaces made using QML or HTML with their behavior defined in JavaScript, C++, Python, or Go. Web apps are special containers to run websites in.

Community

Have questions that aren’t answered in the docs or want to chat with other Ubuntu Touch developers? Join our app dev Telegram group or chat with us on the UBports app dev forum.

Tools

Clickable is a meta-build system for Ubuntu Touch applications that allows you to compile, build, test and publish click packages and provides various templates to get you started with app development. It is currently the easiest and most convenient way of building click packages for Ubuntu Touch. You can use any code editor or IDE that you choose and build your apps from the commandline with Clickable.

Alternatively there is the old Ubuntu SDK IDE. Be aware that it is no longer supported by Canonical, and UBports has chosen to not support it either due to lack of manpower.

You can still install the SDK IDE in Ubuntu 16.04, but it is not guaranteed to work correctly. You can use the following commands to install:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa
sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade
sudo apt install ubuntu-sdk
sudo reboot # or logout/login

Publishing

After you are done building your app, distribute it on the OpenStore with our Publishing guides.

Sample apps

Learn more about app development by digging into our Sample apps.

Preinstalled apps

The Preinstalled apps page has information on developing the apps which are included with Ubuntu Touch.