flutter_dynamic_icon

A flutter plugin for dynamically changing app icon and app icon batch number in the mobile platform. Supports only iOS (with version > 10.3).

Usage

To use this plugin, add flutter_dynamic_icon as a dependency in your pubspec.yaml file.

Getting Started

Check out the example directory for a sample app using flutter_dynamic_icon.

iOS Integration

Index

  • 2x - 120px x 120px
  • 3x - 180px x 180px

To integrate your plugin into the iOS part of your app, follow these steps

  1. First let us put a few images for app icons, they are
    • teamfortress@2x.png, teamfortress@3x.png
    • photos@2x.png, photos@3x.png,
    • chills@2x.png, chills@3x.png,
  2. These icons shouldn't be kept in Assets.xcassets folder, but outside. Here is my directory structure:

directory_structure

  1. Next, we need to setup the Info.plist
    1. Add Icon files (iOS 5) to the Information Property List
    2. Add CFBundleAlternateIcons as a dictionary, it is used for alternative icons
    3. Set 3 dictionaries under CFBundleAlternateIcons, they are correspond to teamfortress, photos, and chills
    4. For each dictionary, two properties — UIPrerenderedIcon and CFBundleIconFiles need to be configured

Note that if you need it work for iPads, You need to add these icon declarations in CFBundleIcons~ipad as well. See here for more details.

Here is my Info.plist after adding Alternate Icons

Screenshot

info.plist

Raw

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
	<key>CFBundleDevelopmentRegion</key>
	<string>en</string>
	<key>CFBundleExecutable</key>
	<string>$(EXECUTABLE_NAME)</string>
	<key>CFBundleIcons</key>
	<dict>
		<key>CFBundleAlternateIcons</key>
		<dict>
			<key>chills</key>
			<dict>
				<key>CFBundleIconFiles</key>
				<array>
					<string>chills</string>
				</array>
				<key>UIPrerenderedIcon</key>
				<false/>
			</dict>
			<key>photos</key>
			<dict>
				<key>CFBundleIconFiles</key>
				<array>
					<string>photos</string>
				</array>
				<key>UIPrerenderedIcon</key>
				<false/>
			</dict>
			<key>teamfortress</key>
			<dict>
				<key>CFBundleIconFiles</key>
				<array>
					<string>teamfortress</string>
				</array>
				<key>UIPrerenderedIcon</key>
				<false/>
			</dict>
		</dict>
		<key>CFBundlePrimaryIcon</key>
		<dict>
			<key>CFBundleIconFiles</key>
			<array>
				<string>chills</string>
			</array>
			<key>UIPrerenderedIcon</key>
			<false/>
		</dict>
	</dict>
	<key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
	<string>$(PRODUCT_BUNDLE_IDENTIFIER)</string>
	<key>CFBundleInfoDictionaryVersion</key>
	<string>6.0</string>
	<key>CFBundleName</key>
	<string>flutter_dynamic_icon_example</string>
	<key>CFBundlePackageType</key>
	<string>APPL</string>
	<key>CFBundleShortVersionString</key>
	<string>$(FLUTTER_BUILD_NAME)</string>
	<key>CFBundleSignature</key>
	<string>????</string>
	<key>CFBundleVersion</key>
	<string>$(FLUTTER_BUILD_NUMBER)</string>
	<key>LSRequiresIPhoneOS</key>
	<true/>
	<key>UILaunchStoryboardName</key>
	<string>LaunchScreen</string>
	<key>UIMainStoryboardFile</key>
	<string>Main</string>
	<key>UISupportedInterfaceOrientations</key>
	<array>
		<string>UIInterfaceOrientationPortrait</string>
		<string>UIInterfaceOrientationLandscapeLeft</string>
		<string>UIInterfaceOrientationLandscapeRight</string>
	</array>
	<key>UISupportedInterfaceOrientations~ipad</key>
	<array>
		<string>UIInterfaceOrientationPortrait</string>
		<string>UIInterfaceOrientationPortraitUpsideDown</string>
		<string>UIInterfaceOrientationLandscapeLeft</string>
		<string>UIInterfaceOrientationLandscapeRight</string>
	</array>
	<key>UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance</key>
	<false/>
</dict>
</plist>

Now, you can call FlutterDynamicIcon.setAlternateIconName with the CFBundleAlternateIcons key as the argument to set that icon.

Dart/Flutter Integration

From your Dart code, you need to import the plugin and use it's static methods:

import 'package:flutter_dynamic_icon/flutter_dynamic_icon.dart';

try {
  if (await FlutterDynamicIcon.supportsAlternateIcons) {
    await FlutterDynamicIcon.setAlternateIconName("photos");
    print("App icon change successful");
    return;
  }
} on PlatformException {} catch (e) {}
print("Failed to change app icon");

...

// set batch number
try {
	await FlutterDynamicIcon.setApplicationIconBadgeNumber(9399);
} on PlatformException {} catch (e) {}

// gets currently set batch number
int batchNumber = FlutterDynamicIcon.getApplicationIconBadgeNumber();

Check out the example app for more details

Screenrecord

Showing App Icon change

Screenrecording of the example

Showing Batch number on app icon change in SpringBoard

Screenrecording of the example

Reference

This was made possible because this blog. I borrowed a lot of words from this blog. https://medium.com/ios-os-x-development/dynamically-change-the-app-icon-7d4bece820d2

Libraries

flutter_dynamic_icon

Dart

VM

dart:ffi
Foreign Function Interface for interoperability with the C programming language. [...]

Web

dart:html
HTML elements and other resources for web-based applications that need to interact with the browser and the DOM (Document Object Model). [...]
dart:js
Low-level support for interoperating with JavaScript. [...]
dart:js_util
Utility methods to efficiently manipulate typed JSInterop objects in cases where the name to call is not known at runtime. You should only use these methods when the same effect cannot be achieved with @JS annotations. These methods would be extension methods on JSObject if Dart supported extension methods.