android_alarm_manager

pub package

A Flutter plugin for accessing the Android AlarmManager service, and running Dart code in the background when alarms fire.

Getting Started

After importing this plugin to your project as usual, add the following to your AndroidManifest.xml:

<service
    android:name="io.flutter.plugins.androidalarmmanager.AlarmService"
    android:exported="false"/>

Then in Dart code add:

import 'package:android_alarm_manager/android_alarm_manager.dart';

void printHello() {
  final DateTime now = new DateTime.now();
  final int isolateId = Isolate.current.hashCode;
  print("[$now] Hello, world! isolate=${isolateId} function='$printHello'");
}

main() async {
  final int helloAlarmID = 0;
  runApp(...);
  await AndroidAlarmManager.periodic(const Duration(minutes: 1), helloAlarmID, printHello);
}

printHello will then run (roughly) every minute, even if the main app ends. However, printHello will not run in the same isolate as the main application. Unlike threads, isolates do not share memory and communication between isolates must be done via message passing (see more documentation on isolates here).

If alarm callbacks will need access to other Flutter plugins, including the alarm manager plugin itself, it is necessary to teach the background service how to initialize plugins. This is done by giving the AlarmService a callback to call in the application's onCreate method. See the example's Application overrides. In particular, its Application class is as follows:

public class Application extends FlutterApplication implements PluginRegistrantCallback {
  @Override
  public void onCreate() {
    super.onCreate();
    AlarmService.setPluginRegistrant(this);
  }

  @Override
  public void registerWith(PluginRegistry registry) {
    GeneratedPluginRegistrant.registerWith(registry);
  }
}

Which must be reflected in the application's AndroidManifest.xml. E.g.:

    <application
        android:name=".Application"
        ...

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Libraries

android_alarm_manager