Inter-app communication

Applications can on most operating systems be launched in several ways:

  • From the list of installed applications
  • From an application specific link
  • From a push notification
  • As the final step of an installation process.

In the case when the application is launched from a link, notification or when installed it is possible to pass additional arguments such as an install referrer when installing or a deep-link when launching from an application specific link or notification. Defold provides a unified way to get the information about how the application was invoked using a native extensions.

Installing the extension

To start using the Inter-app communication extension you need to add it as a dependency to your game.project file. The latest stable version is available with the dependency URL:

https://github.com/defold/extension-iac/archive/master.zip

We recommend using a link to a zip file of a specific release.

Using the extension

The API is very easy to use. You provide the extension with a listener function and react to listener callbacks.

local function iac_listener(self, payload, type)
     if type == iac.TYPE_INVOCATION then
         -- This was an invocation
         print(payload.origin) -- origin may be empty string if it could not be resolved
         print(payload.url)
     end
end

function init(self)
     iac.set_listener(iac_listener)
end

Full documentation of the API is available on the extension GitHub page.


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