[ERROR] Unknown plugin: @ionic/cli-plugin-

I just update to ionic beta usin the command lin npm install -g ionic@beta

whenever i run ionic platforms update ios/android
I got this error:

[ERROR] Unknown plugin: @ionic/cli-plugin-.

Post your package.json please.


  "name": "myApp",
  "author": "Ionic Framework",
  "homepage": "http://ionicframework.com/",
  "private": true,
  "scripts": {
    "clean": "ionic-app-scripts clean",
    "build": "ionic-app-scripts build",
    "ionic:build": "ionic-app-scripts build",
    "ionic:serve": "ionic-app-scripts serve"
  "dependencies": {
    "@angular/common": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/compiler": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/compiler-cli": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/core": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/forms": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/http": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/platform-browser": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/platform-browser-dynamic": "2.4.8",
    "@angular/platform-server": "2.4.8",
    "@ionic-native/core": "3.1.0",
    "@ionic-native/splash-screen": "3.1.0",
    "@ionic-native/status-bar": "3.1.0",
    "@ionic/cli-plugin-cordova": "0.0.10",
    "@ionic/storage": "2.0.0",
    "ionic-angular": "2.3.0",
    "ionicons": "3.0.0",
    "rxjs": "5.0.1",
    "sw-toolbox": "3.4.0",
    "zone.js": "0.7.2"
  "devDependencies": {
    "@ionic/app-scripts": "1.1.4",
    "typescript": "2.0.9",
    "@ionic/cli-plugin-cordova": "0.0.10",
    "@ionic/cli-build-ionic-angular": "0.0.4"
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "description": "An Ionic project"

I think this is because the @ionic/cli-build-ionic-angular package will be renamed to @ionic/cli-plugin-ionic-angular soon, according to @jthoms1’s reply in an issue I opened a few days ago:

I am reaaly stuck, it’snow 4 days. I am working on project that should be on salesforce using salesforce mobile SDK and i see ionic doesn’t support it at all. the only tutorial i saw is this one
of Christophe Coenraets. but it doesn’t work no longer

Actually the issue is that you should be running the command ionic cordova:platforms update ios. All cordova commands are now namespaced. This should help us in the future as we add more platforms.

Running ionic help should give you more details on the available commands`


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Huh, when did this get released? Isn’t CLI still on 2.2.2?


ionic --version

hm? ionic - npm

Is this not a iOnic CLI 3.0 feature?

Can we have contact on skype or hangout ?

that is ionic cli 3 beta 5

I got the same error, ionic 3.0.0 beta 5. started by blank project.
SOLVED: I guess I run:
cordova telemetry on
ionic cordova:plugin ls

So the solution is to use the correct command for Ionic CLI 3 beta:

  • ionic cordova:plugin ls instead of ionic cordova plugin ls in @inetkid’s case,
  • ionic cordova:platform update ios/android instead of ionic platforms update ios/android in @Essen’s case.

Can you confirm?

This is probably going to sound overly harsh, but I think the fundamental “solution” here is:

Don’t use prerelease software if you’re not willing to take the time to look through the documentation (which describes the new namespaced cordova syntax) that is linked to in the announcement blog post.

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You’re not wrong, but as practically all tutorials out there probably won’t update to the new syntax… forever…, it would be great if CLI v3 could handle (simple) cases like this automatically. +1 on this issue maybe: https://github.com/driftyco/ionic-cli/issues/2088