🌠 Deploying a Meteor app on Android

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This post is for those who run Windows and want to deploy a Meteor app on Android in 2015.

It took me about 5 hours to figure out how to do this, so I’ve decided to share my findings.

I run Windows 10, and I have a free EC2 instance on Amazon AWS, which runs Amazon Linux.

I use the latest Meteor version, which is 1.2.1.

Setting up the SDK

  • You cannot build an Android (nor iOS) app on Windows. You need Mac OS or Linux.
  • Use Docker to start a local virtual server, or use any Linux server you have access to. I used my Amazon EC2.
  • Connect to your server with PuTTY or your favorite console app.
  • Download an Android SDK to your home directory (Hint)
  • Unpack the downloaded file in your home directory (Hint)
  • Add your unzipped android SDK’s folder “tools” (~/android-sdk-linux/tools/) to the PATH so that its executables are accessible everywhere (Hint)
  • Set your ANDROID_HOME environment variable to “~/android-sdk-linux/”
    export ANDROID_HOME=~/android-sdk-linux/
  • Download the proper Android SDK version to build your app (Hint). I used the version advised by Meteor, API 22.
    I used this command:
    android update sdk -u -a -t 7,27
    To install these packages:
    • 7- Android SDK Build-tools, revision 22.0.1
    • 27- SDK Platform Android 5.1.1, API 22, revision 2

Building the app

  • E.g. using meteor deploy your-app.meteor.com)
  • Ensure there is a mobile-config.js file in your project root (Hint).
  • Ensure that the referenced icons are present. I just downloaded some sample icons from here and added them as
    {application root}/resources/android/icons/*.png.
  • Copy/upload your Meteor app to a folder on the server, or check it out from Github.
  • Go to your project root directory.
  • Run
    meteor add-platform android --verbose. The “--verbose” option is important to get proper error messages in case there is a further problem.
  • If there was an error in the previous step, try to resolve it through Google, and retry any time after running
    meteor remove-platform android and then adding the platform again.
  • Follow the directions here to build and sign your app, it’s really not difficult.
  • If everything went well, you have got an “android/release-unsigned.apk” file in your build folder.


  • Finally, deployment. Connect your Android phone via USB, and put it in developer mode.
  • Install the Android SDK on your Windows too. Just install Android Studio, it’s a huge download but it solves all your problems. Or if you have IntelliJ IDEA, just download the Android plugins. There are plenty of instructions on how to do this. So from now on I assume you have the Android SDK on your Windows.
  • Download the signed APK from your server and run
    adb install {path-to-your-downloaded-apk}
  • Your app is now installed on your phone.

I hope I helped. Please leave comments if something does not go right for you and I will do my best to update the instructions accordingly.