Device Apps plugin for Flutter

Pub

A plugin to list installed applications on an Android device (⚠️ iOS is not supported).

Change with Android 11

Starting with Android 11, Android applications targeting API level 30, willing to list "external" applications have to declare a new "normal" permission in their AndroidManifest.xml file called QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES. A few notes about this:

  • A normal permission doesn't require the user consent
  • Don't worry, this plugin automatically adds the permission for you

However, publishing applications on the Google Play with this kind of feature may change in the future. Quoting from the documentation:

In an upcoming policy update, look for Google Play to provide guidelines for apps that need the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission.

👍 Right now, there is no limitation, but be aware that this may change in the future.

Getting Started

First, you have to import the package in your dart file with:

import 'package:device_apps/device_apps.dart';

List of installed applications

To list applications installed on the device:

List<Application> apps = await DeviceApps.getInstalledApplications();

You can filter system apps if necessary.

Note: The list of apps is not ordered! You have to do it yourself.

Get apps with a launch Intent

A launch Intent means you can launch the application.

To list only the apps with launch intents, simply use the onlyAppsWithLaunchIntent: true attribute.

// Returns a list of only those apps that have launch intent
List<Application> apps = await DeviceApps.getInstalledApplications(onlyAppsWithLaunchIntent: true, includeSystemApps: true)

Get an application

To get a specific application info, please provide its package name:

Application app = await DeviceApps.getApp('com.frandroid.app');

Check if an application is installed

To check if an app is installed (via its package name):

bool isInstalled = await DeviceApps.isAppInstalled('com.frandroid.app');

Open an application

To open an application (with a launch Intent)

DeviceApps.openApp('com.frandroid.app');

Include application icon

When calling getInstalledApplications() or getApp() methods, you can also ask for the icon. To display the image, just call:

Image.memory(app.icon);

Libraries

device_apps