Flutter NFC Reader

A new flutter plugin to help developers looking to use internal hardware inside iOS or Android devices for reading NFC tags.

The system activate a pooling reading session that stops automatically once a tag has been recognised. You can also trigger the stop event manually using a dedicated function.

How to use

Android setup

Add those two lines to your AndroidManifest.xml on the top

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.NFC" />
        android:required="true" />

and add this in your .MainActivity just below the other intent-filter:

  <action android:name="android.nfc.action.NDEF_DISCOVERED"/>
  <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>
  <data android:mimeType="text/plain" />

Attention the mimeType should be the right one for the expected type of NFC you are going to read.

iOS Setup

Atm only Swift based Flutter project are supported.

  • Enable Capabilities / Near Field Communication Tag Reading.
  • Info.plist file, add Privacy - NFC Scan Usage Description with string value NFC Tag.

Read NFC

This function will return a promise when a read occurs, till that very moment the reading session is open. The promise will return a map with <String, dynamic>. The map will have inside status or data key. In order to stop a reading session you need to use stop function.

Future<void> startNFC() async {
    String response;
    bool reading = true;

    try {
      response = await FlutterNfcReader.read;
    } on PlatformException {
      response = '';
      reading = false;
    setState(() {
      _nfcReading = reading;
      _nfcData = response;

Stop NFC

  Future<void> stopNFC() async {
    bool response;
    try {
      final bool result = await FlutterNfcReader.stop;
      response = result;
    } on PlatformException {
      response = false;
    setState(() {
      _nfcReading = response;

For better details look at the demo app.


FlutterNfcReader.read() has an optional parameter, only for iOS, called instruction. You can pass a String that contains information to be shown in the modal screen.

Getting Started

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For help on editing plugin code, view the documentation.