by dicksmith | v0.2.0
Zendesk SDK for NativeScript
npm i --save nativescript-zendesk-sdk


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A NativeScript plugin implementing the basic Zendesk SDK in TypeScript. It is inspired from nativescript-zendesk


tns plugin add nativescript-zendesk-sdk


Following Zendesk Embeddables Documentation:

[Must do] Configure an app in Zendesk Support

Support SDK for Android / iOS

[Must do] Initialize the SDK

Support SDK for Android / iOS

export interface InitConfig {
applicationId: string;
zendeskUrl: string;
clientId: string;
userLocale?: string;
coppaEnabled?: boolean;
/** AnonUserIdentity object or JWT Token string */
identity?: AnonUserIdentity | string;
import { ZendeskSdk } from "nativescript-zendesk-sdk";
const initConfig = {

If identity: null a new anonymous identity is created, but if identity is undefined it must be set later, but before launching any Zendesk views/activities.

Note: applicationId, zendeskUrl, and clientId must be specified when initializing the Zendesk, but locale, COPPA-compliance mode, and Identity can be set/changed later.

[Must do] Set an identity (authentication)

Support SDK for Android / iOS

Authenticate using an anonymous identity
Authenticate using an anonymous identity (with details)
ZendeskSdk.setAnonymousIdentity({name: "name", email: "email"});
Authenticate using your JWT endpoint

Locale Settings

Support SDK for Android / iOS

The locale used by the SDK for static strings will match the Android Application Configuration or the iOS NSUserDefaults. (These strings can be overridden or missing languages can be added as described in the links above).

To set the Locale of any dynamic content retrieved from Zendesk:


Configure Requests

Support SDK for Android / iOS

Before opening the Help Center or creating a Rewuest you can specify the Request settings:

Show the Help Center

Support SDK for Android / iOS

Default Usage


Optional Parameters

export interface HelpCenterOptions {
/** Default: false */
categoriesCollapsedAndroid?: boolean;
/** Default: true */
conversationsMenuAndroid?: boolean;
/** Default: true */
conversationsMenuIos?: boolean;
/** Default: false */
showAsModalForIos?: boolean;

Note: The SDKs for Android and iOS diverge quite a bit for this section, so some options are only applicable to iOS or Android. The defaults selected are those that provide the most consitency between both

showConversationMenuButtonFor(Android/Ios) [default = true]

Enables a button in the navigation bar that enables users to view their active requests/converations or start a new one.

Android only
showContactUsButtonForAndroid [default = false]

This displays an additional (+) button in the lower-right corner, similar to the button in the Android templates.

Enabled by default in the Android SDK, but disabled by default in this plugin for consitency with iOS.

withCategoriesCollapsedForAndroid [default = false]

This collapses the categories into their headers. The default behaviour on both Android and iOS is to show the first 5 of a category, and then has the option to expand further if more are available.

iOS only
showAsModalForIos [default = false]

This displays the helpcenter as a modal action sheet.

Filter the Help Center

Support SDK for Android / iOS

Per original SDKs, only one filter can be used at a time.

Filter by category

ZendeskSdk.showHelpCenterForCategoryIds(categoryIds, options);

Filter by section

ZendeskSdk.showHelpCenterForLabelNames(labelNames, options);

Filter by article label

ZendeskSdk.showHelpCenterForSectionIds(sectionIds, options);

Create a request



Support SDK for Android / iOS


Configured via app/App_Resources/Android/AndroidManifest.xml as detailed here.

Simple Styling

Zendesk offers 3 base themes that can be used or extended:

  • ZendeskSdkTheme.Light
  • ZendeskSdkTheme.Dark
  • ZendeskSdkTheme.Light
Example extending PnpZendeskSdkTheme.DarkActionBar


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android=""


<activity android:name=""

<activity android:name=""

<activity android:name=""

<activity android:name="com.zendesk.sdk.requests.RequestActivity"

<activity android:name="com.zendesk.sdk.requests.ViewRequestActivity"



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<resources xmlns:android="">
<style name="PnpZendeskSdkTheme.DarkActionBar" parent="ZendeskSdkTheme.Light.DarkActionBar">
<item name="colorPrimary">@color/ns_primary</item>
<item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/ns_primaryDark</item>
<item name="colorAccent">@color/ns_accent</item>
<item name="android:actionMenuTextColor">@color/ns_blue</item>
<style name="YourLightTheme" parent="ZendeskSdkTheme.Light">
<style name="YourDarkTheme" parent="ZendeskSdkTheme.Dark">
<style name="YourLightTheme.DarkActionBar" parent="ZendeskSdkTheme.Light.DarkActionBar">


import { isIOS } from 'tns-core-modules/platform';


if ( isIOS ) {
UINavigationBar.appearance().tintColor = new Color('#00FFFF').ios;
UINavigationBar.appearance().barTintColor = new Color('#FF00FF').ios;
UINavigationBar.appearance().titleTextAttributes =
<NSDictionary<string, any>>NSDictionary.dictionaryWithObjectForKey(
new Color('#FFFF00').ios,

const iOSTheme: ZendeskIosThemeSimple = {
primaryTextColor: '#FF0000',
secondaryTextColor: '#00FF00',
primaryBackgroundColor: '#0000FF',
secondaryBackgroundColor: '#00FFFF',
emptyBackgroundColor: '#FF00FF',
metaTextColor: '#FFFF00',
separatorColor: '#884444',
inputFieldTextColor: '#448844',
inputFieldBackgroundColor: '#444488',
fontName: 'Courier',
boldFontName: 'Cochin-BoldItalic',

The first 3 colors are used primarily on the ActionBar/StatusBar for the "new ticket" screen, as the Help Center uses the default ActionBar/StatusBar colors from the regular NativeScript setup.

These settings could affect the whole app, but are ignored by the regular NativeScript Views, but could potentially impact other 3rd part views. Likely you will set these to be the same as what is used in the rest of the app.

The settings within the theme object will only affect the Zendesk.


Typings and iOS metadata have been included in the project to allow for easier usage.
Typings were autogenerated using:
Although some manual changes had to be made by commenting-out types and setting to any that NativeScript handles the conversions for, such as NSArray and java.util.List.
Current typings/metadata were generated using version [email protected] and ``[email protected]` of the Zendesk and Zendesk Provider SDKs.

Dumping typings...


From src/:

pod repo update
TNS_TYPESCRIPT_DECLARATIONS_PATH="$(pwd)/typings" npm run demo.ios
cp typings/x86_64/objc\!Zendesk* typings/

From project root:

cd android
./gradlew clean
./gradlew getDeps

cd lib
jar xf sdk-
mv classes.jar used-zendesk-sdk.jar
jar xf sdk-providers-
mv classes.jar used-zendesk-providers-sdk.jar

rm -rf */
find . -type f ! -iname "used-zendesk-*" -delete
cd ../..

rm -rf out/
java -jar ../android-dts-generator/dts-generator/build/libs/dts-generator.jar -input \
android/lib/used-zendesk-sdk.jar \
&& mv out/android.d.ts src/typings/java\!ZendeskSDK.d.ts;
java -jar ../android-dts-generator/dts-generator/build/libs/dts-generator.jar -input \
android/lib/used-zendesk-providers-sdk.jar \
&& mv out/android.d.ts src/typings/java\!ZendeskProviderSDK.d.ts;