Build only the web project and just update the www folder in the native projects

Hi guys,

ionic cordova build ios builds the ionic/angular solution and rebuilds the native ios project. But there doesn’t seem to be a command that only builds the ionic solution and just updates the www folder in the native project.

Or have I just missed it? The closest seems to be ionic cordova prepare but even that messes with the native project.

Any idea? 99% of the time, I’m just making changes to web code that don’t require any changes to the native project whatsoever. So seems to me this should be possible somehow.


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Just to clarify a bit, are you just wanting to update the www folder for the use in apps or for the use in a PWA/website?

If the former, you have to build the whole project for the files to be updated, as it copies everything under www under the respective platform.

If the latter, I think there’s a ionic build command, as opposed to ionic cordova build.

For use in native apps. Seems way unnecessary to rebuild the entire xcode/android project when it would be possible just to update the www folder in it. Not to mention a lot slower.

If you’re making lots of changes it’d be faster to use live reload.