Helium hotspot app for iOS and Android built using React Native. For a list of issues and prioritization, please go to our Project page
Release versions of the app are available here:
Note: These links currently point to 2.x release of the app and this repository represents the 3.x release that's currently in active development.
We've heard that the existing app can be overwhelming and cause undue stress and "doom scrolling". To fix this, the new app will prefer synthesized summaries over raw activity feeds to help users understand the network and their Hotspot better.
We will use charts and graphs to explain mining performance over time, and maps to show your Hotspot in relation to others around you. We know witnesses matter, and we want to show you where they are.
The new Hotspot app will include a recommendation engine which will suggest actionable steps users can take to improve the performance of their Hotspot.
Chat with the developers and the product team in the Helium Community Discord and look for the #wallet-mobile-app channel.
If you have already set up react native on your machine, skip to the installing section.
You will need Node, Watchman, Yarn, the React Native command line interface, Android Studio, and Xcode.
While you can use any editor of your choice to develop your app, you will need to install Xcode and Android Studio in order to set up the necessary tooling to build your React Native app for iOS and Android.
A good free editor is Visual Studio Code.
We recommend installing Node, Yarn, and Watchman using Homebrew. Run the following commands in a Terminal after installing Homebrew:
brew install node brew install watchman brew install yarn
If you have already installed Node on your system, make sure it is up to date with the LTS version.
Watchman is a tool by Facebook for watching changes in the filesystem. It is highly recommended you install it for better performance.
Node comes with npm, which lets you install the React Native command line interface.
Run the following command in a Terminal:
npm install -g react-native-cli
If you get an error like Cannot find module 'npmlog', try installing npm directly:
curl -0 -L https://npmjs.org/install.sh | sudo sh.
The easiest way to install Xcode is via the Mac App Store. Installing Xcode will also install the iOS Simulator and all the necessary tools to build your iOS app.
If you have already installed Xcode on your system, make sure it is up to date.
You will also need to install the Xcode Command Line Tools. Open Xcode, then choose "Preferences..." from the Xcode menu. Go to the Locations panel and install the tools by selecting the most recent version in the Command Line Tools dropdown.
React Native requires the Java SE Development Kit (JDK). Download and install JDK 8 if needed.
Setting up your development environment can be somewhat tedious if you're new to Android development. If you're already familiar with Android development, there are a few things you may need to configure. In either case, please make sure to carefully follow the next few steps.
Download and install Android Studio. Choose a "Custom" setup when prompted to select an installation type. Make sure the boxes next to all of the following are checked:
Then, click "Next" to install all of these components.
If the checkboxes are grayed out, you will have a chance to install these components later on. Once setup has finalized and you're presented with the Welcome screen, proceed to the next step.
Android Studio installs the latest Android SDK by default. Building a React Native app with native code, however, requires the Android 28 SDK in particular. Additional Android SDKs can be installed through the SDK Manager in Android Studio.
The SDK Manager can be accessed from the "Welcome to Android Studio" screen. Click on "Configure", then select "SDK Manager".
Select the "SDK Platforms" tab from within the SDK Manager, then check the box next to "Show Package Details" in the bottom right corner. Look for and expand the Android 28 entry, then make sure the following items are all checked:
Next, select the "SDK Tools" tab and check the box next to "Show Package Details" here as well. Look for and expand the "Android SDK Build-Tools" entry, then make sure that 30-rc1, 29.0.3, and 28.0.3 are selected.
Finally, click "Apply" to download and install the Android SDK and related build tools.
The React Native tools require some environment variables to be set up in order to build apps with native code.
Add the following lines to your $HOME/.bash_profile config file:
export ANDROID_HOME=$HOME/Library/Android/sdk export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/tools export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools
Copy the file
.env.sample and rename it to
.env. Once renamed update the values within the file.
Install 3rd party dependencies
You also need cocoapods for iOS
sudo gem install cocoapods
Then install the pods for iOS (Not needed for Android)
If the app is not working you may want to clean your workspace and then follow the running the app section below
yarn clean-install yarn clean-start
The fastest way to run the app is on the iOS simulator. Just type:
Or for a release build:
You can also open the
helium.xcworkspace file in the
/ios folder using xcode and run the app on your device or any other simulator.
Similar to iOS, run
Or for a release build:
You can also open the Android project in Android Studio by selecting
open an existing project and selecting the
The app is configured to use the Reactotron app which can be used to:
The latest version of Reactotron can be downloaded here
Source Code: https://github.com/helium/hotspot-app
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