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A plugin to provide a common interface for creating HomeScreen Widgets for Android and iOS.

home_widget #

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 #

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"

Add WidgetReceiver to AndroidManifest #

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

Write your WidgetProvider #

For convenience you can extend from (android/src/main/kotlin/es.antonborri/home_widget/HomeWidgetProvider.kt)[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

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 `File > Target > 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 (https://developer.apple.com/account/resources/identifiers/list/applicationGroup)[Apple Developer Account] and add a new group Add this group to you Runner and the Widget Extension inside XCode Signing & Capabilities > App Groups > + (To swap between your App and the Extension change the Target)

Write your Widget #

Check the (example/ios/HomeWidgetExample/HomeWidgetExample.swift)[exampleApp] for an Implementation of a Widget A more detailed overview on how to write Widgets for iOS 14 can fbe found on the (https://developer.apple.com/documentation/swiftui/widget)[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 #

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

    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 (###-write-your-widgetProvider)[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)

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A plugin to provide a common interface for creating HomeScreen Widgets for Android and iOS.

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