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Templates for articles on both iOS and Android next-gen apps




Article Templates for Mobile Apps

npm version

Article templates used within the Guardian’s next-generation iOS and Android applications. This repo also contains documentation that describes the components and layouts used across these templates.


  • A Mac or Linux computer.
  • NVM.
  • NodeJS. Install using nvm: nvm install v10.17.0. Remember to add nvm use v10.17.0 to your preferred shell startup file.
  • You may need to install npm globally npm install -g npm.
  • It is recommended you restart your shell to ensure changes added the startup file are applied.



$ git clone [email protected]:guardian/mobile-apps-article-templates.git


$ cd mobile-apps-article-templates
$ npm install
  • If you get an error on this step regarding lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/promise-retry/index.js or another module, running npm install -g npm and re-running npm install may fix it.

Running on iOS simulator

  • Checkout the branch you are developing against
  • Run npm run build
  • Checkout the ios-live project
  • Edit the package.json file in the root of ios-live, replacing the version of the @guardian/mobile-apps-article-templates dependency with the relative path of the local templates repo:
"dependencies": {
    "@guardian/mobile-apps-article-templates": "file:../mobile-apps-article-templates"

Running on Android simulator

  • Checkout the branch you are developing against
  • Run npm run build
  • Checkout the android-news-app/ project
  • Edit the package.json file in android-news-app/android-news-app/, replacing the version of the @guardian/mobile-apps-article-templates dependency with the relative path of the local templates repo:
"dependencies": {
    "@guardian/mobile-apps-article-templates": "../../mobile-apps-article-templates"

Building from S3 (iOS or Android)

  • Find the branch you want to test on teamCity
  • Click run to build the branch and upload to s3
  • You can find the s3 package in bundle-url.txt under artifacts

Update your package.json:

"dependencies": {
    "@guardian/mobile-apps-article-templates": ""

NPM scripts

NPM will provide the following services:

  • npm run test runs the JS unit tests from the test/spec/unit/ directory
  • npm run build builds JS/CSS assets, used on CI environment for building assets
  • npm run dev builds JS and CSS (with source maps).

Example templates

These are examples of the main templates used across apps:

| Template | Article | | --- | --- | | Article | | | Podcast | | | Video | | | Gallery | | | Immersive | | | Liveblog | | | Immersive interactive | | | Photo essay | | | Guardian labs | |