Vscode cordovatools debug ionic4

  1. Im trying to debug my ionic4 app using vscode cordovatools, but when i launch the Serve to browser (ionic serve) option, I get an error back:
Cannot perform Ionic serve/watch for project type: angular

Comment aside: my project runs OK if I run ionic serve from a terminal.

  • Cordova VS Code extension version: 1.8.6
  • VSCode version: 1.37.0
  • OS platform and version: osx / centos7
  • NodeJS version: v10.16.3
  • Cordova version: 9.0.0

This is my laucn.json config entry:

    "name": "Serve to the browser (ionic serve)",
    "type": "cordova",
    "request": "launch",
    "platform": "serve",
    "cwd": "${workspaceFolder}",
    "devServerAddress": "http://localhost",
    "sourceMaps": true,
    "ionicLiveReload": true,
    "devServerTimeout": 300000,
    "runArguments": ["--no-open"]

My ionic.config.json indicates it’s an angular type ionic app (this is done by default by the ionic CLI):

  "name": "mobileapp",
  "integrations": {
    "cordova": {}
  "type": "ionic-angular",
  "app_id": ""

And this is the output error:

Parameter target is not set - emulator will be used
Launching for serve (This may take a while)...
Starting Ionic dev server (live reload: true)
[ERROR] Cannot perform Ionic serve/watch for project type: angular.

If you'd like the CLI to try to detect your project type, you can unset the type attribute in ionic.config.json.

The Ionic live reload server exited unexpectedly