Setup Nativescript Debian

TODO This is still the windows guide.

The Peek platform is designed to run on Linux, however, it is compatible with windows. Please read through all of the documentation before commencing the installation procedure.

Installation Objective

This Installation Guide contains specific Windows operating system requirements for the configuring of synerty-peek.


This install procedure requires software installed by the prerequisites steps.

Optional Software

  • VirtualBox
  • Geny Motion

Required Software

Below is a list of all the required software:

  • Java JDK
  • nativescript NPM package

Installation Guide

Install the 32bit requirements

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32ncurses5 lib32stdc++6 lib32z1
sudo apt-get build-essential

Install Java JDK

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk
sudo update-alternatives --config java

Installing the SDK

Download the SDK only from here, scroll right to the bottom, to the “Get just the command line tools” section, and download the linux tools.

mkdir ~/android && cd ~/android
unzip /media/psf/Downloads/

echo "export JAVA_HOME=$(update-alternatives --query javac | sed -n -e 's/Best: *\(.*\)\/bin\/javac/\1/p')" >> ~/.bashrc
echo "export ANDROID_HOME=~/android" >> ~/.bashrc
echo "alias android=$ANDROID_HOME/tools/android" >> ~/.bashrc
echo "alias emulator=$ANDROID_HOME/tools/emulator" >> ~/.bashrc

Create the Android Virtual Device

$ANDROID_HOME/tools/android avd
  1. Tools -> SDK Manager
  2. Install packages as per .. image:: ./install_images.png
  3. Create Device as per .. image:: ./create_device.png

Nativescript Package

This section installs the following:
  • Nativescript command line utility (tns)
  • Nativescript build tools
  • Android emulator (with no images)
  • Android SDK (With no SDKs)

Install the required NPM packages

Run the Command Prompt as Administrator and run the following commands:

npm -g install nativescript

Do you want to run the setup script?


###.. image:: Nativescript-Install.jpg

Allow the script to install Chocolatey (It’s mandatory for the rest of the script)


Do you want to install the Android emulator?


Do you want to install HAXM (Hardware accelerated Android emulator)?:


When the blue power shell windows says it’s finished, close it.

Return focus to the original window, you should see

> If you are using bash or zsh, you can enable command-line completion. > Do you want to enable it now? (Y/n)

Press “n”, then “Enter”.

When the script has finished: log off windows.

Login to windows as peek, Then open a command window and continue.

Check the installation with tns

tns doctor


At this point you may find your self in a real life infinite loop. as tns doctor may ask you to run the setup script again if the setup is broken.

Confirm Environment Variable ANDROID_HOME


Confirm Environment Variable JAVA_HOME

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_121


For Offline installation, install the Node.js 7+ and NPM 3+ on a machine with internet access. Package the installed nodejs files and installed modules ‘C:Userspeeknodejs’. Unpackage in the same directory location on the offline server.

What Next?

Refer back to the How to Use Peek Documentation guide to see which document to follow next.