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This is the documentation for the Flutter package. Before integrating, read the native SDK documentation to familiarize yourself with the platform.

See the source on GitHub here. Or, see the flutter_radar package on pub.dev here.

Install#

Add the package to your pubspec.yaml file:

dependencies:
flutter_radar: ^3.0.2

Then, update dependencies:

flutter pub get

Change to the ios/ directory. In the Podfile, add platform :ios, '10.0' or higher to your target.

On iOS, you must add location usage descriptions and background modes to your Info.plist. Initialize the SDK in application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: in AppDelegate.m, passing in your Radar publishable API key:

#import <RadarSDK/RadarSDK.h>
#import "AppDelegate.h"
#import "GeneratedPluginRegistrant.h"
@implementation AppDelegate
- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {
[GeneratedPluginRegistrant registerWithRegistry:self];
[Radar initializeWithPublishableKey:publishableKey];
return [super application:application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:launchOptions];
}
@end

On Android, initialize the SDK in onCreate() in MainApplication.java, passing in your Radar publishable API key:

import io.flutter.app.FlutterApplication;
import io.flutter.view.FlutterMain;
import io.radar.sdk.Radar;
public class MainApplication extends FlutterApplication {
@Override
public void onCreate() {
super.onCreate();
Radar.initialize(this, publishableKey);
FlutterMain.startInitialization(this);
}
}

Integrate#

Import module#

First, import the package:

import 'package:flutter_radar/flutter_radar.dart';

Identify user#

To identify the user when logged in, call:

Radar.setUserId(userId);

where userId is a stable unique ID for the user.

To set an optional dictionary of custom metadata for the user, call:

Radar.setMetadata(metadata);

where metadata is a map with up to 16 keys and values of type string, boolean, or number.

Finally, to set an optional description for the user, displayed in the dashboard, call:

Radar.setDescription(description);

where description is a string.

You only need to call these functions once, as these settings will be persisted across app sessions.

Learn about platform-specific implementations of these functions in the iOS SDK documentation and Android SDK documentation.

Request permissions#

Before tracking the user's location, the user must have granted location permissions for the app.

To determine the whether user has granted location permissions for the app, call:

String status = await Radar.getPermissionsStatus();

status will be a string, one of:

  • GRANTED_FOREGROUND
  • GRANTED_BACKGROUND
  • DENIED

To request location permissions for the app, call:

String status = Radar.requestLocationPermissions(background);

where background is a boolean indicating whether to request background location permissions or foreground location permissions.

Learn about platform-specific permissions in the iOS SDK documentation and Android SDK documentation.

Foreground tracking#

Once you have initialized the SDK and the user has granted permissions, you can track the user's location.

To track the user's location in the foreground, call:

var res = await Radar.trackOnce();
// do something with res['status'], res['location'], res['events'], res['user']

Learn about platform-specific implementations of this function in the iOS SDK documentation and Android SDK documentation.

Background tracking#

On iOS and Android, once you have initialized the SDK and the user has granted permissions, you can start tracking the user's location in the background.

For background tracking, the SDK supports custom tracking options as well as three presets:

  • EFFICIENT: A low frequency of location updates and lowest battery usage. On Android, avoids Android vitals bad behavior thresholds.
  • RESPONSIVE: A medium frequency of location updates and low battery usage. Suitable for most consumer use cases.
  • CONTINUOUS: A high frequency of location updates and higher battery usage. Suitable for on-demand use cases (e.g., delivery tracking) and some consumer use cases (e.g., order ahead, "mall mode").

Learn about platform-specific implementations of these presets in the iOS SDK documentation and Android SDK documentation.

To start tracking the user's location in the background, call one of:

Radar.startTracking('efficient');
Radar.startTracking('responsive');
Radar.startTracking('continuous');

You only need to call these methods once, as these settings will be persisted across app sessions.

Though we recommend using presets for most use cases, you can customize the tracking options. See the tracking options reference.

Radar.startTrackingCustom({
desiredStoppedUpdateInterval: 180,
desiredMovingUpdateInterval: 60,
desiredSyncInterval: 50,
desiredAccuracy: 'high',
stopDuration: 140,
stopDistance: 70,
sync: 'all',
replay: 'none',
showBlueBar: true
});

To stop tracking the user's location in the background (e.g., when the user logs out), call:

Radar.stopTracking();

Learn about platform-specific implementations of these functions in the iOS SDK documentation and Android SDK documentation.

Mock tracking#

On iOS and Android, you can simulate a sequence of location updates for testing. For example, to simulate a sequence of 10 location updates every 3 seconds by car from an origin to a destination, we can call:

Radar.mockTracking(
origin: {'latitude': 40.714708, 'longitude': -74.035807},
destination: {'latitude': 40.717410, 'longitude': -74.053334},
mode: 'car',
steps: 10,
interval: 3);

Trip tracking#

On iOS and Android, to start a trip to a destination, call:

Radar.startTrip({
'externalId': '299',
'destinationGeofenceTag': 'store',
'destinationGeofenceExternalId': '123',
'mode': 'car'
});
Radar.startTracking('continuous');

Later, to complete the trip and stop tracking, call:

Radar.completeTrip();
Radar.stopTracking();

Or, to cancel the trip and stop tracking, call:

Radar.cancelTrip();
Radar.stopTracking();

Learn more about trip tracking.

Manual tracking#

You can manually update the user's location by calling:

var res = await Radar.trackOnce({
'latitude': 39.2904,
'longitude': -76.6122,
'accuracy': 65
});
// do something with res['status'], res['location'], res['events'], res['user']

Learn about platform-specific implementation of this function in the iOS SDK documentation and Android SDK documentation.

Other APIs#

The Flutter package also exposes APIs for anonymous context, geocoding, search, and distance.

Get location#

Get a single location update without sending it to the server:

var coordinates = await Radar.getLocation();

Context#

With the context API, get context for a location without sending device or user identifiers to the server:

var res = await Radar.getContext({
'latitude': 40.783826,
'longitude': -73.975363,
'accuracy': 65
});
// do something with res['status'], res['context']

Geocoding#

With the forward geocoding API, geocode an address, converting address to coordinates:

var res = await Radar.geocode('20 jay st brooklyn ny')
// do something with res['status'], res['addresses']

With the reverse geocoding API, reverse geocode a location, converting coordinates to address:

var res = await Radar.reverseGeocode({
'latitude': 40.783826,
'longitude': -73.975363,
'accuracy': 65
});
// do something with res['status'], res['addresses']

With the IP geocoding API, geocode the device's current IP address, converting IP address to city, state, and country:

var res = await Radar.ipGeocode((result) => {
// do something with res['status'], res['address']

Search#

With the autocomplete API, autocomplete partial addresses and place names, sorted by relevance:

var res = await Radar.autocomplete(
query: 'brooklyn roasting',
near: {'latitude': 40.783826, 'longitude': -73.975363},
limit: 10);
// do something with res['status'], res['addresses']

With the geofence search API, search for geofences near a location, sorted by distance:

var res = await Radar.searchGeofences(
near: {'latitude': 40.783826, 'longitude': -73.975363},
radius: 1000,
tags: ['venue'],
limit: 10);
// do something with res['status'], res['geofences']

With the places search API, search for places near a location, sorted by distance:

var res = await Radar.searchPlaces(
near: {'latitude': 40.783826, 'longitude': -73.975363},
radius: 1000,
chains: ['starbucks'],
limit: 10);
// do something with res['status'], res['places']

Distance#

With the distance API, calculate the travel distance and duration from an origin to a destination:

var res = await Radar.getDistance(
origin: {'latitude': 40.78382, 'longitude': -73.97536},
destination: {'latitude': 40.70390, 'longitude': -73.98670},
modes: ['foot', 'car'],
units: 'imperial');
// do something with res['status'], res['routes']

Support#

Have questions? We're here to help! Email us at [email protected].