How to test Cordova plugins in Ionic without a device?

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I answered this question by userChris Lawrence:

I think I know the answer to this question already but thought I would throw it out there incase there was a workaround….

Just built a ionic app with ngcordova, which works fine and I have tested on my android device and deployed to playstore.

Just in the process of deploying to the apple app store. I currently don’t have an apple ios physical device to test the cordova plugins.

I am using sms, camera and local notification. These as far as am aware cannot be tested in the ios simulator in xcode.

Don’t really want to spend £400 on a tablet to test one app.. any one had the same problem and found a means of testing?

My answer was:

You can test plugins in iOS simulator.

edit: I just stumbled upon the official documentation where it states that even with Ionic View you can test these plugins:

  • com.brodysoft.sqlitePlugin 1.0.3 “Brodysoft SQLitePlugin”
  • com.ionic.keyboard 1.0.3 “Keyboard”
  • com.phonegap.plugins.barcodescanner 1.1.0 “BarcodeScanner”
  • org.apache.cordova.battery-status 0.2.12 “Battery”
  • 0.3.4 “Camera”
  • org.apache.cordova.console 0.2.12 “Console”
  • org.apache.cordova.device 0.2.13 “Device”
  • org.apache.cordova.device-motion 0.2.11 “Device Motion”
  • org.apache.cordova.device-orientation 0.3.10 “Device Orientation”
  • org.apache.cordova.dialogs 0.2.11 “Notification”
  • org.apache.cordova.geolocation 0.3.11 “Geolocation”
  • org.apache.cordova.globalization 0.3.3 “Globalization”
  • 0.2.14 “Network Information”
  • org.apache.cordova.vibration 0.3.12 “Vibration”
  • 1.0.0 “Zip”

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