LiveCode for FM Guide Ben Lui

Building an App

Updated Apr 20, 2021

We're now ready to deploy an actual APK, a fully built Android app that requires nothing else to run, onto your device. Before starting this section, please ensure you have completed setup of the SDK as described in the previous chapter.

On the deployment screen, click "Build an App for Distribution".

Select a license

On the next screen, select your App Pack to build against. If you don't already have a user pack, you can buy one to deploy with by clicking the "buy now" button - for more about licensing, see this lesson. I'm selecting my test deployment pack.

Add an Identifier

Enter your unique app identifier. Learn more about app identifiers here.

You should see the screen above, followed in a few minutes by the one below. If your app contains a lot of data it could take a little while to build.

Congratulations! Your Android APK has built successfully. To find it, click the "Open in Finder" button, or navigate to your project folder and look for the "Apps" folder:

You should now be able to take your app and put it on your Android device. For information on how to do this see this lesson.

We've built a basic app with the minimum requirements to run. However, when you come to publishing a real app, you'll need to add some fine tuning. You'll need an app icon, you may need to set permissions for various features, you'll need to add Keystore signing information and more. The next few lessons cover how you can add all this to your app.

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