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Flutter Foreground/Background Event Notifier

Flutter plugin to detect when app(not Flutter container) goes to background or foreground.

Why

Flutter has WidgetsBindingObserver to get notified when app changes its state from active to inactive states and back. But it actually includes the state changes of the embedding Activity/ViewController as well. So if you have a plugin that opens a new activity/view controller or in iOS if you start a FaceID prompt then WidgetsBindingObserver will report as the app is inactive/resumed.

This plugin on the other hand reports the events only at app level. Since most apps need only background/foreground events this plugin is implemented with just those events. In iOS, plugin reports didEnterBackgroundNotification and willEnterForegroundNotification notifications and in Android, plugin reports these using androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-process package.

Checkout example/ project to see the differences in action.

Getting Started

Add to your pubpsec:

flutter pub add flutter_fgbg

Use the built in Widget:

FGBGNotifier(
    onEvent: (event) {
        print(event); // FGBGType.foreground or FGBGType.background
    },
    child: ...,
)

Or consume the event stream directly:

import 'package:flutter_fgbg/flutter_fgbg.dart';

StreamSubscription<FGBGType> subscription;

...
// in initState
subscription = FGBGEvents.stream.listen((event) {
    print(event); // FGBGType.foreground or FGBGType.background
});

// in dispose
subscription.cancel();

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