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Building mobile apps in Construct 3

by Ashley | 6th, February 2017

To say this was by popular demand would probably be an understatement! We're pleased to announce that Construct 3 will include a Scirra-hosted service to build apps for iOS and Android directly from the editor.

Our aim is to get as close as possible to a "one click build" — a smooth and worry-free experience for getting your mobile apps built and published.

How will it work?

The Scirra build service will work much like other existing services: you'll export your project, upload it to the build service, wait a moment for it to run the build, and then download the built files. However this will all be done from within the Construct 3 editor, and using a service that Scirra hosts. Access to the build service will come with the Construct 3 subscription at no further cost.

Your projects are still stored locally on your device; they are only uploaded for the purpose of building. We won't store your projects long-term on our service. Also note that while the Construct 3 editor itself works offline, this particular feature will require an Internet connection to use. This is all in line with how other existing build services work.

The initial release will be able to build Android debug and release APKs, or alternatively return an Android Studio project for advanced users to customise. For iOS apps we will at first provide the ability to download an Xcode project that can then be built on a Mac. We're looking in to also building the iOS app itself (the IPA file), but this is a little more complicated due to Apple's tight restrictions around the iOS ecosystem. Hopefully we can add this feature to the build service later down the line.

We intend to make the build service accessible from the mobile version of Construct 3 as well. This should make it possible to open a project, build it, install the APK, and run it, all directly from an Android device. (Note this may require configuring the device to work in developer mode.)

We think this service will also be useful for existing Construct 2 users. So you'll also be able to use Construct 3 to build an app exported from Construct 2. We think using the editor as a build system will be compelling especially given the entire Construct 3 subscription still costs less than a PhoneGap Build subscription.

IAP & ad plugins

We'll also provide brand-new IAP and ad plugins for iOS and Android, as well as building and maintaining the underlying Cordova plugins ourselves. This should minimise any difficulties with configuration or third-party libraries.

Other options

We're not removing any existing options. For example users accustomed to using PhoneGap Build can continue to use the Cordova export option, just as it works with Construct 2. Using this option provides you with a zip file with the exported project and necessary configuration files included to use on other services, ready to be uploaded and built.

New features on the way

We believe that a browser-based editor with mobile support is a bold and transformative step to take. Adding a build system is the first of the major new features we've then added on top of that. There's still a load of new features in Construct 3 to get in to yet. We'll be posting news regularly right up to the public beta, which we've scheduled to start by April — so check back soon!

Catch-up

Missed our earlier announcements? Here's a list of all the news about Construct 3 so far:

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Leandrus 5,876 rep

Excellent, Thanks :)

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:20:01 PM
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shinkan 36.0k rep

That's a good news indeed, for a change ;) I'm slightly more interested now :P

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:22:07 PM
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DUTOIT 12.7k rep

I'm interested. Trusting, believing that you guys pull this off. Don't mind subscription based model as it is the only viable way to fund development. But, and this is the huge but, it needs to deliver in a marketplace full of choices ;)

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:22:31 PM
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saulochina 1,731 rep

Great news today!

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:22:59 PM
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hsetiawan 17.3k rep

Is the new ad plugins include Rewarded Video ad?
And can we still use other plugins like cranberry chartboost and built to APK with C3 build service?

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:23:05 PM
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Eisenhans 19.9k rep

This will probably reduce bug forum traffic by 90% ;)

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:23:21 PM
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tunepunk 14.0k rep

Shut up and take my money! That has been one of my major headaches. Good Job Scirra team. Keep it up!

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:23:47 PM
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fishbottle 2,795 rep

Sounds great

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:24:51 PM
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Elliott 10.6k rep

Massive feature - looking forward to finding our more about this! You had my curiosity, with the shift towards one click builds; you have my attention

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:25:05 PM
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PeterPlatter 8,967 rep

That sounds pretty exciting.
It could save me a lot of juggling between C2, Intel XDK and downloading the .apk on the device.

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:25:52 PM
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MonDieu 6,801 rep

Sounds pretty good, now if we can get proper console (xbox, sony and nintendo) compatibility and steam support I'll be boarding the C3 train for sure!

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:28:51 PM
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frcol 1,868 rep

It will be great to have these functionalities!

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:29:00 PM
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rozpustelnik 5,546 rep

It gets more and more interesting! Good news.

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:29:08 PM
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Jayjay 20.0k rep

This actually does justify the subscription costs for mobile developers. Best C3 news I've seen yet!

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:29:47 PM
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KENYONB 2,115 rep

Now you're talking! 👍 Can't wait to try it out!!!

Monday, February 06, 2017 at 12:31:07 PM

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