Create & Test Native Mobile Apps on a Mac

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1 Introduction

Using Parallels, you can run Mendix Studio Pro on your Mac device using a Windows virtual machine. To start making native Mendix apps on your Mac, follow this how-to.

This how-to will teach you how to do the following:

  • Configure your Windows virtual machine for Mendix Studio Pro
  • Run a Mendix app on a test device using your Windows virtual machine
  • Make changes to your app, then view those changes on your test device

2 Prerequisites

Before starting this how-to, make sure you have completed the following prerequisites:

  • Install Parallels, install Windows when prompted by Parallels, and create a Windows virtual machine
  • Install Mendix Studio Pro on your Windows virtual machine

3 Configuring Your Windows Virtual Machine for Mendix Studio Pro

To configure your Windows virtual machine to work with Mendix Studio Pro, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Parallels Control Center:

    parallels control center
  2. Click the gear symbol to open the Configuration Panel.

  3. Navigate to the Hardware tab, and select Network from the left panel:

    network in configuration
  4. Make sure Source is set to Shared Network.

  5. In the Parallels drop-down menu, select Preferences:

    preferences in parallels
  6. Navigate to the Network tab, and select Shared from the left panel:

    network tab
  7. Click the + button and add two ports – one for 8080 and one for 8083, both forwarded to your Windows virtual machine (the 8083 port is only necessary for developing native mobile apps):

    plus button

    After adding those two ports, your Port forwarding rules should look like this:

    finished ports

Congratulations! You have successfully configured port forwarding to enable testing Mendix apps with your Mac.

4 Viewing Your App on Your Testing Device

Whenever you create or open a Mendix app in Mendix Studio Pro, be sure to do so from a mapped drive instead of a network drive:

  • Correct mapped drives will always have a letter at the start of their file location:

    mapped drive
  • Incorrect network drives will always have *\* at the start of their file location:

    network drive

When running your app on your test device, you cannot use the QR code within Mendix Studio Pro’s View Mobile App dialog box:

view mobile app

Instead, you must enter your Mac’s IP address into your Make It Native app. To run your app on your test device, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure your test device and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Place your cursor over your Wi-Fi symbol in your system tray, then and click while holding Option to see your Mac’s advanced network information. You will see your IP Address in this drop-down menu.
  3. In your Make It Native app’s Host field, type {your IP address}:8080:

    ip in dev app
  4. Tap Launch to view your app.

Congratulations! You have successfully viewed your app on a test device.

5 Viewing Changes to Your App on Your Testing Device

For information on how to change to your app and then see that change on your device, see the Viewing Changes to Your App on Your Testing Device section in How to Create and Test a Native Mobile App.

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