Home Widget

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HomeWidget is a Plugin to make it easier to create HomeScreen Widgets on Android and iOS. HomeWidget does not allow writing Widgets with Flutter itself. It still requires writing the Widgets with native code. However it provides a unified Interface for sending data, retrieving data and updating the Widgets

Platform Setup

As stated there needs to be some platform specific setup. Check below on how to add support for Android and iOS

Android

Create Widget Layout inside android/app/res/layout

Create Widget Configuration into android/app/res/xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<appwidget-provider xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:minWidth="40dp"
    android:minHeight="40dp"
    android:updatePeriodMillis="86400000"
    android:initialLayout="@layout/example_layout"
    android:resizeMode="horizontal|vertical"
    android:widgetCategory="home_screen">
</appwidget-provider>

Add WidgetReceiver to AndroidManifest

<receiver android:name="HomeWidgetExampleProvider" >
    <intent-filter>
        <action android:name="android.appwidget.action.APPWIDGET_UPDATE" />
    </intent-filter>
    <meta-data android:name="android.appwidget.provider"
        android:resource="@xml/home_widget_example" />
</receiver>

Write your WidgetProvider

For convenience you can extend from HomeWidgetProvider which gives you access to a SharedPreferences Object with the Data in the onUpdate method. If you don't want to use the convenience Method you can access the Data using

import es.antonborri.home_widget.HomeWidgetPlugin
...
HomeWidgetPlugin.getData(context)

which will give you access to the same SharedPreferences

More Information

For more Information on how to create and configure Android Widgets checkout (https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/appwidgets)[this guide] on the Android Developers Page.

iOS

Add a Widget to your App in Xcode

Add a widget extension by going File > Target > Widget Extension

Widget Extension

Add GroupId

You need to add a groupId to the App and the Widget Extension

Note: in order to add groupIds you need a paid Apple Developer Account

Go to your Apple Developer Account and add a new group Add this group to you Runner and the Widget Extension inside XCode Signing & Capabilities > App Groups > +

Build Targets

(To swap between your App and the Extension change the Target)

Write your Widget

Check the Example App for an Implementation of a Widget A more detailed overview on how to write Widgets for iOS 14 can fbe found on the Apple Developer documentation In order to access the Data send with Flutter can be access with

let data = UserDefaults.init(suiteName:"YOUR_GROUP_ID")

Usage

Install

Update pubspec.yaml and add the dependency on home_widget to your app

dependencies:
  home_widget: ^0.0.1

Setup

For iOS you need to call HomeWidget.setAppGroupId('YOUR_GROUP_ID'); Without this you won't be able to share data between your App and the Widget and calls to saveWidgetData and getWidgetData will return an error

Save Data

In order to save Data call HomeWidget.saveWidgetData<String>('id', data)

Update a Widget

In order to force a reload of the HomeScreenWidget you need to call

HomeWidget.updateWidget(
    name: 'HomeWidgetExampleProvider',
    androidName: 'HomeWidgetExampleProvider',
    iOSName: 'HomeWidgetExample');

The name for Android will be chosen by checking androidName if that was not provided it will fallback to name. This Name needs to be equal to the Classname of the WidgetProvider

The name for iOS will be chosen by checking iOSName if that was not provided it will fallback to name. This name needs to be equal to the Kind specified in you Widget

Retrieve Data

To retrieve the current Data saved in the Widget call HomeWidget.getWidgetData<String>('id', defaultValue: data)

Libraries

home_widget