Flutter Network Service Discovery plugin

Flutter plugin that provides Network Service Discovery (NSD) API on iOS and Android for discovering services that other devices provide on a local network.

The plugin currently only supports discovery, but not registry of services.


Add the dependency to pubspec.yaml:

  flutter_nsd: ^1.2.0

Getting Started

Initialize FlutterNsd singleton and listen to the stream:

void init() async {
  final flutterNsd = FlutterNsd();

  flutterNsd.stream.listen((nsdServiceInfo) {
    print('Discovered service name: ${nsdServiceInfo.name}');
    print('Discovered service hostname/IP: ${nsdServiceInfo.hostname}');
    print('Discovered service port: ${nsdServiceInfo.port}');
  }, onError: (e) {
    if (e is NsdError) {
      // Check e.errorCode for the specific error

Start discovery when needed. At this point, if any services are discovered, your stream listener will get notified. In case of an error, NsdError is emitted to the stream (Currently it's just a generic error, but in the future, it will be more specific).

void startDiscoveryButton() async {
  await flutterNsd.discoverServices('_example._tcp.');

Stop discovery when done. If you don't call this method, discovery will continue until the app process is killed.

void stopDiscoveryButton() async {
  await flutterNsd.stopDiscovery();

See the example project for a more detailed Flutter app example.

Note about Android

Minimum Android API version supported is 21.

Android emulator doesn't support Network Service Discovery so you'll have to use a real device.

Note about iOS

This plugin uses NetServiceBrowser and can therefore support iOS version 9+.

On iOS 14+, you need to modify Info.plist file and add two keys: Bonjour Services - this is an array, the first item should be the service you're trying to discover. For example, _example._tcp.. Privacy - Local Network Usage Description - this key is for granting the app local network access. The value is the text which will be shown to the user in a permission dialog once you call flutterNsd.discoverServices().

For more info about network discovery on iOS 14, I suggest you watch this video.

Note that you don't need to worry about modifying Info.plist if you are just testing with a simulator.


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