Updating your Ionic 2 application to Ionic 3

Ionic 3 – What’s new?

Ionic 3 has been released earlier this year and with it a lot of new features. This includes a major update to Angular 4 and the latest version of Typescript. Structural changes to your application is also an optional feature included in Ionic 3. Some other changes are:

  • Lazy loading of page components
  • Bug fixes
  • Refactoring
  • New responsive grid
  • Small changes to existing components

Updating from Ionic 2 to Ionic 3

  1. Remove your existing node_modules directory from the project.
  2. Update the dependencies in the package.json file to the following:
"dependencies": {
 "@angular/common": "4.0.0",
 "@angular/compiler": "4.0.0",
 "@angular/compiler-cli": "4.0.0",
 "@angular/core": "4.0.0",
 "@angular/forms": "4.0.0",
 "@angular/http": "4.0.0",
 "@angular/platform-browser": "4.0.0",
 "@angular/platform-browser-dynamic": "4.0.0",
 "@ionic-native/core": "3.4.2",
 "@ionic-native/splash-screen": "3.4.2",
 "@ionic-native/status-bar": "3.4.2",
 "@ionic/storage": "2.0.1",
 "ionic-angular": "3.0.0",
 "ionicons": "3.0.0",
 "rxjs": "5.1.1",
 "sw-toolbox": "3.4.0",
 "zone.js": "^0.8.4"
"devDependencies": {
 "@ionic/app-scripts": "1.3.0",
 "typescript": "~2.2.1"
  1. Run the following command from your command window:
  $ npm install
  1. Make sure to import the BrowserModule in your app.module.ts file and add it to the imports section in the same file. If you use http in your application import the HttpModule and add it to imports as well (See below):
  import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
  import { HttpModule } from '@angular/http';
 imports: [  

That’s it – your app is now updated to Ionic 3!


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