Project Url: llfbandit/app_links
Introduction: Android App Links, Deep Links, iOs Universal Links and Custom URL schemes handler for Flutter.
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Android App Links, Deep Links, iOS Universal Links and Custom URL schemes handler (desktop included).

This plugin allows you to:

  • catch HTTPS URLs to open your app instead of the browser (App Link / Universal Link).
  • catch custom schemes to open your app (Deep Link / Custom URL scheme).

Getting Started

Before using the plugin, you'll need to setup each platforms you target.

All those configurations below are accessible in the example project.




How to setup Don't be afraid, this is just copy/paste commands to follow.
But yes, it we will be a bit painful... Declare this method in \windows\runner\win32_window.h as private method. cpp // Dispatches link if any. // This method enables our app to be with a single instance too. // This is mandatory if you want to catch further links in same app. bool SendAppLinkToInstance(const std::wstring& title); Add this inclusion in \windows\runner\win32_window.cpp cpp #include "app_links/app_links_plugin_c_api.h" Add this method in \windows\runner\win32_window.cpp cpp bool Win32Window::SendAppLinkToInstance(const std::wstring& title) { // Find our exact window HWND hwnd = ::FindWindow(kWindowClassName, title.c_str()); if (hwnd) { // Dispatch new link to current window SendAppLink(hwnd); // (Optional) Restore our window to front in same state WINDOWPLACEMENT place = { sizeof(WINDOWPLACEMENT) }; GetWindowPlacement(hwnd, &place); switch(place.showCmd) { case SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED: ShowWindow(hwnd, SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED); break; case SW_SHOWMINIMIZED: ShowWindow(hwnd, SW_RESTORE); break; default: ShowWindow(hwnd, SW_NORMAL); break; } SetWindowPos(0, HWND_TOP, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_SHOWWINDOW | SWP_NOSIZE | SWP_NOMOVE); SetForegroundWindow(hwnd); // END Restore // Window has been found, don't create another one. return true; } return false; } Add the call to the previous method in Create cpp bool Win32Window::Create(const std::wstring& title, const Point& origin, const Size& size) { if (SendAppLinkToInstance(title)) { return false; } Destroy(); ... Great! Now you can register your own scheme.
On Windows, URL protocols are setup in the Windows registry. This package won't do it for you (and will never sorry).
You may achieve it with using the win32_registry package with the following code to register the URL protocol: dart Future<void> register(String scheme) async { String appPath = Platform.resolvedExecutable; String protocolRegKey = 'Software\\Classes\\$scheme'; RegistryValue protocolRegValue = const RegistryValue( 'URL Protocol', RegistryValueType.string, '', ); String protocolCmdRegKey = 'shell\\open\\command'; RegistryValue protocolCmdRegValue = RegistryValue( '', RegistryValueType.string, '"$appPath" "%1"', ); final regKey = Registry.currentUser.createKey(protocolRegKey); regKey.createValue(protocolRegValue); regKey.createKey(protocolCmdRegKey).createValue(protocolCmdRegValue); }

Mac OS

How to setup Add this XML chapter in your macos/Runner/Info.plist inside <plist version="1.0"><dict> chapter: xml <key>CFBundleURLTypes</key> <array> <dict> <key>CFBundleURLName</key> <!-- abstract name for this URL type (you can leave it blank) --> <string>sample_name</string> <key>CFBundleURLSchemes</key> <array> <!-- your schemes --> <string>sample</string> </array> </dict> </array> Done!

Simpliest usage with a single stream

final _appLinks = AppLinks();

// Subscribe to all events when app is started.
// (Use allStringLinkStream to get it as [String])
_appLinks.allUriLinkStream.listen((uri) {
    // Do something (navigation, ...)

Decomposed usage

final _appLinks = AppLinks();

// Get the initial/first link.
// This is useful when app was terminated (i.e. not started)
final uri = await _appLinks.getInitialAppLink();
// Do something (navigation, ...)

// Subscribe to further events when app is started.
// (Use stringLinkStream to get it as [String])
_linkSubscription = _appLinks.uriLinkStream.listen((uri) {
    // Do something (navigation, ...)


// Maybe later. Get the latest link.
final uri = await _appLinks.getLatestAppLink();

Android notes:

  • By default, flutter Activity is set with android:launchMode="singleTop". This is perfectly fine and expected, but this launches another instance of your app, specifically for the requested view.
    If you don't want this behaviour, you can set android:launchMode="singleInstance" in your AndroidManifest.xml and avoid another flutter warmup.


The following commands will help you to test links.

Test on Android

adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW \
  -d "sample://"

For App Links, you can also test it from Android Studio: Documentation.

Android 13:

  • While in development, you may need to manually activate your links.
  • Go to your app info/settings: Open by default > Add link > (your links should be already filled).

Test on iOS

/usr/bin/xcrun simctl openurl booted "app://"

Test on windows & macOS

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