by hsz1273327 | v1.0.1
Add static shortcut actions to your app icon.
npm i --save ns-shortcuts

NativeScript Icon Shortcuts plugin

A fork for EddyVerbruggen/nativescript-app-shortcuts

Supported platforms

  • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus or newer, running iOS 9 or newer.
  • Android 7.1 (API level 25) or newer.


  • removeconfigureQuickActions(actions: Array<QuickAction>): Promise<void>,force on static shortcuts
  • use deeplink in android:data in android instead of android:targetClass, use android:targetClass now in nativescript will throw system error


From the command prompt go to your app's root folder and execute:

ns plugin add ns-shortcuts


If you want to set static shortcut, you should first check if the device can support shortcut by api available(): Promise<boolean>.then you can declear the shortcuts in app/App_Resources/<platform>first then regist the callback.

iOS config

You need to manually edit the .plist. Fortunately NativeScript allows you to change this file through app/App_Resources/iOS/Info.plist. Anything added there is added to the final .plist during a build.

Note that dynamic actions will never replace static actions, so if you have two static actions you can add up to two dynamic ones. Any more will be ignored.

Here's an example which you can paste anywhere in the .plist file:

<string>Awesome subtitle</string>

A few notes:

  • set shortcuts as dict item in the array.(you can add more if you like)

  • UIApplicationShortcutItemIconFile.The second action above uses the built-in UIApplicationShortcutIconTypeCompose icon, but the first one uses a custom icon: eye. This expects the file app/App_Resources/iOS/eye.png. According to Apple's docs this needs to be a single color, transparent, square, 35x35 icon - but that size will look pixelated on retina devices so go ahead and use a 70x70 or 105x105 icon if you please.

  • UIApplicationShortcutItemTitle.The title of the shortcut.

  • UIApplicationShortcutItemSubtitle.The subtitle of the shortcut.

  • UIApplicationShortcutItemType.The payload message which will send to the application when clicked the shortcut. It will set as the type param of configureQuickActions of the callback.

Android config

  1. Open app/App_Resources/Android/AndroidManifest.xml and add:

    <activity ..> <!-- your existing NativeScript activity -->
    <meta-data android:name="android.app.shortcuts"
    android:resource="@xml/shortcuts" />

  2. Open app/App_Resources/Android/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml, set deeplinking

    <activity ..><!-- your existing NativeScript activity -->
    <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE" />
    <!-- url started with `myapp://` will work -->
    <data android:scheme="myapp" />
  3. Add the file you referenced in AndroidManifest.xml: /app/App_Resources/Android/src/main/res/xml/shortcuts.xml and add:

    <shortcuts xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">

    <intent android:action="android.intent.action.VIEW"
    android:data="myapp://shortcut.type.eye" />

    <categories android:name="android.shortcut.conversation"/>

A few notes:

  • This adds 1 static shortcut to your app (you can add more if you like).

  • android:shortcutId is the id of certain shortcut.

  • android:iconset the icon, in this example, you can drop eye.png into /app/App_Resources/Android/src/main/res/drawable-nodpi/.

  • android:shortcutShortLabel,android:shortcutLongLabel,android:shortcutDisabledMessage is the shortcut's copywriting,you can set them in app/App_Resources/Android/src/main/res/values/string.xml

  • intent declear the action when click the shortcut.android:action must be android.intent.action.VIEW,android:data must use the scheme you defined in step 2,and the hostname must started with shortcut.type. as prefix.The value behind the prefix is the equivalent of the iOS UIApplicationShortcutItemType

  • categories android:name must be android.shortcut.conversation

regist callback

use API setQuickActionCallback(callback: (data: LaunchQuickAction) => void): void to regist callback for shortcuts.

The ShortcutItemType will in LaunchQuickAction.type. You can use it to route to the certain page.

  • app.ts

    import { AppShortcuts } from "ns-shortcuts"
    import { router } from "~/router/router"
    let appShortcuts = new AppShortcuts()
    appShortcuts.setQuickActionCallback(shortcutItem => {
    console.log(`get QuickActionCallback`)
    switch (shortcutItem.type) {
    case "eye":
    setTimeout(() => {
    router.push("/page1", {
    frame: "main-frame"
    console.log(`get shortcutItem.type eye`)
    case "beer":
    setTimeout(() => {
    router.push("/page2", {
    frame: "main-frame"
    console.log(`get shortcutItem.type eye`)
    setTimeout(() => {
    router.push("/", { frame: "main-frame" }),
    console.log(`get unknown shortcutItem.type ${shortcutItem.type}`)

A few notes:

  • if you want to use this plugin with router-vue-native or other router programme based on manual-routing, you'd better use only one Frame Only on the root node. Otherwise there will get java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to resume activity error on android.

  • route to a page need to set in setTimeout(() => {route code}). Otherwise there will get error.