Build a WhatsApp clone with Meteor and Ionic — Meteor Platform version

Uri Goldshtein
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For the newer, Angular 2 version post, click here (opens in a new tab)

Now that Angular is a first class citizen in Meteor (opens in a new tab), you can use all of its vast libraries, giving you full access to the Angular ecosystem.

Also, Ionic recently added official support for Meteor's packaging system (opens in a new tab), and now their package is available on Atmosphere (opens in a new tab).

In this tutorial, we will build a WhatsApp clone using Meteor, Angular, and the Ionic Framework for CSS and mobile components. I've also released a clone of this tutorial on the Ionic Blog that uses the Ionic CLI instead of the Meteor build system.

It's a good resource for people who want to use Meteor for their backend and Meteor's client side libraries in a separate front end application, also a good migration strategy.

If you are using Blaze, you can still use Ionic's CSS libraries or the Meteoric package (opens in a new tab).


  • Installing the platform and creating a base app
  • WhatsApp views with static data
  • Create the server and share data with the client
  • Chat view and send messages
  • Users and (SMS) authentication
  • Create and remove chats
  • Privacy and publish/subscribe
  • Step 8 — User profile picture
  • Send image messages

Start here (opens in a new tab).

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