Google's ML Kit for Flutter
google_ml_kit is an umbrella plugin that includes all the features listed below, it groups all the plugins under a single one. By using
google_ml_kit you will include all the plugins listed below and their respective dependencies, therefore significantly increasing the size of your app. We recommend instead to add only the plugin for the feature you want to consume rather than including
google_ml_kit in your yaml.
Go to each plugin listed bellow to read about their documentation and requirements. If you find issues report and contribute with your pull requests.
Natural Language APIs
PLEASE READ THIS before continuing or posting a new issue:
Google's ML Kit was build only for mobile platforms: iOS and Android apps.
This plugin is not sponsor or maintained by Google. The authors are developers excited about machine learning that wanted to expose Google's native APIs to Flutter.
Google's ML Kit APIs are ony developed natively for iOS and Android. This plugin uses Flutter Platform Channels as explained here.
Messages are passed between the client (the app/plugin) and host (platform) using platform channels as illustrated in this diagram:
Messages and responses are passed asynchronously, to ensure the user interface remains responsive. To read more about platform channels go here.
Because this plugin uses platform channels, no Machine Learning processing is done in Flutter/Dart, all the calls are passed to the native platform using
MethodChannelin Android and
FlutterMethodChannelin iOS, and executed using the Google's native APIs. Think of this plugin as a bridge between your app and Google's native ML Kit APIs. This plugin only passes the call to the native API and the processing is done by Google's API. It is important that you understand this concept when it comes to debugging errors for your ML model and/or app.
Since the plugin uses platform channels, you may encounter issues with the native API. Before submitting a new issue, identify the source of the issue. You can run both iOS and/or Android native example apps by Google and make sure that the issue is not reproducible with their native examples. If you can reproduce the issue in their apps then report the issue to Google. The authors do not have access to the source code of their native APIs, so you need to report the issue to them. If you find that their example apps are okay and still you have an issue using this plugin, then look at our closed and open issues. If you cannot find anything that can help you then report the issue and provide enough details. Be patient, someone from the community will eventually help you.
Find the example app here.
Contributions are welcome. In case of any problems look at existing issues, if you cannot find anything related to your problem then open an issue. Create an issue before opening a pull request for non trivial fixes. In case of trivial fixes open a pull request directly.