@nativescript/appavailability
A NativeScript plugin to check for availability of other apps on the device.
npm i --save @nativescript/appavailability
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Nativescript appavailability

A plugin to check for availability of other apps on the device.

ns plugin add @nativescript/appavailability

Usage

Note that version 1.3.0 added a synchronous version of this method that doesn't return a Promise. Need that? Use availableSync instead of available.

TypeScript

const isAppAvailable = require("@nativescript/appavailability").available;

// examples of what to pass:
// - for iOS: "maps://", "twitter://", "fb://"
// - for Android: "com.facebook.katana"
appavailability.available("twitter://").then((avail: boolean) => {
console.log("App available? " + avail);
})

TypeScript + Angular

import * as appavailability from "@nativescript/appavailability";

// examples of what to pass:
// - for iOS: "maps://", "twitter://", "fb://"
// - for Android: "com.facebook.katana"
appavailability.available("twitter://").then((avail: boolean) => {
console.log("App available? " + avail);
})

JavaScript

var appAvailability = require("@nativescript/appavailability");

// examples of what to pass:
// - for iOS: "maps://", "twitter://", "fb://"
// - for Android: "com.facebook.katana"
appAvailability.available("com.facebook.katana").then(function(avail) {
console.log("App available? " + avail);
})

Opening an app (with web fallback)

Now that you know whether an app is installed or not, you probably want to launch it. Here's a snippet that opens the mobile Twitter app and falls back to the website if it's not installed.

import { available } from "@nativescript/appavailability";
import { Utils } from "@nativescript/core";

const twitterScheme = "twitter://";
available(twitterScheme).then(available => {
if (available) {
// open in the app
Utils.openUrl(twitterScheme + (isIOS ? "/user?screen_name=" : "user?user_id=") + "eddyverbruggen");
} else {
// open in the default browser
Utils.openUrl("https://twitter.com/eddyverbruggen");
}
})

And a more concise, synchronous way would be:

import { availableSync } from "@nativescript/appavailability";
import { Utils } from "@nativescript/core";

if (availableSync("twitter://")) {
Utils.openUrl("twitter://" + (isIOS ? "/user?screen_name=" : "user?user_id=") + "eddyverbruggen");
} else {
Utils.openUrl("https://twitter.com/eddyverbruggen");
}

iOS whitelisting

To get useful results on iOS 9 and up you need to whitelist the URL Scheme you're querying in the application's .plist.

Luckily NativeScript made this pretty easy. Just open app/App_ResourcesiOS/Info.plist and add this if you want to query for both twitter:// and fb://:

  <key>LSApplicationQueriesSchemes</key>
<array>
<string>fb</string>
<string>twitter</string>
</array>

You may wonder how one would determine the correct identifier for an app.

  • Android: simply search the Play Store and use the id in the URL. For Twitter this is com.twitter.android because the URL is https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twitter.android.
  • iOS: this one is a bit harder but this site should cover most apps you're interested in. When in doubt you can always fire up Safari on your iPhone and type for example 'twitter://' in the address bar, if the app launches you're good.

License

Apache License Version 2.0