A Kotlin Multiplatform library for mobile apps to save settings as key-value pairs
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Multiplatform Settings

This is a Kotlin library for Multiplatform mobile apps, so that common code can persist key-value data. It stores things using SharedPreferences on Android and NSUserDefaults on iOS.

Adding to your project

First, add the multiplatform-settings bintray url to the repositories block of any module using it.

repositories {
    maven { url = 'https://dl.bintray.com/russhwolf/multiplatform-settings' }

In your kotlin-platform-common module, add the dependency

implementation "com.russhwolf:multiplatform-settings-common:0.1-alpha4"

In your kotlin-platform-android module, add an expectedBy dependency on the common module as well as the dependency

implementation "com.russhwolf:multiplatform-settings-android:0.1-alpha4"

In your konan module, add an expectedBy dependency on the common module as well as an artifact dependency, Assuming you want to expose a framework named MyKotlinFramework to your ios project, this would look like

artifactMyKotlinFramework "com.russhwolf:multiplatform-settings-ios:0.1-alpha4"

See also the sample project, which uses this structure.


The Settings interface is implemented by the PlatformSettings class, which has separate implementations for Android and iOS. A PlatformSettings instance can be created using a platform-specific factory. On Android, this factory needs a Context parameter

val context: Context = ...
val factory: Settings.Factory = PlatformSettings.Factory(context)

On iOS, the factory can be instantiated without passing any parameter

val factory: Settings.Factory = PlatformSettings.Factory()

Using a factory allows for creating a Settings instance using the same name parameter on both platforms. This parameter is optional and a platform-specific default will be used if it is absent.

val settings: Settings = factory.create("my_settings_name")

Alternatively, you can create a PlatformSettings instance by passing the platform-specific delegate class that PlatformSettings wraps around. On Android,

val delegate: SharedPreferences = ...
val settings: Settings = PlatformSettings(delegate)

And on iOS,

val delegate: NSUserDefaults = ...
val settings: Settings = PlatformSettings(delegate)    

Once the Settings instance is created, you can store values by calling the various putXXX() methods, or their operator shortcuts

settings.putInt("key", 3)
settings["key"] = 3

You can retrieve stored values via the getXXX() methods or their operator shortcuts. If a key is not present, then the supplied default will be returned instead.

val a: Int = settings.getInt("key")
val b: Int = settings.getInt("key", defaultValue = -1) 
val c: Int = settings["key", -1]

The getXXX() and putXXX() operation for a given key can be wrapped using a property delegate. This has the advantage of ensuring that the key is always accessed with a consistent type.

val a: Int by settings.int("key")
val b: Int by settings.int("key", defaultValue = -1)

val c: Int? by settings.nullableInt("another_key")

Existence of a key can be queried

val a: Boolean = settings.hasKey("key")
val b: Boolean = "key" in settings

Values can also be removed by key

settings -= "key"  

Finally, all values in a Settings instance can be removed


Project Structure

The library logic lives in the module multiplatform-settings and its common, android, and ios submodules. The common module holds expect declarations for the Settings class, which can persist values of the Int, Long, String, Float, Double, and Boolean types. It also holds property delegate wrappers and other operator functions for cleaner syntax and usage. The android and ios modules then hold actual declarations, delegating to SharedPreferences or NSUserDefaults.

Some simple unit tests are defined which can be run via ./gradlew test. These use Robolectric on Android to mock out the platform-specific behavior, and use the macos target to run the native tests.

There is also a sample project to demonstrate usage, which is configured as a separate IDEA/gradle project in the sample directory. It includes a shared module with common, android, and ios submodules, to demo a shared logic layer consuming the library. The app-android module consumes shared:android and provides an Android UI. The shared:ios module produces a framework which is then consumed by an Xcode project in the app-ios directory, which defines iOS UI in the usual way.

The shared:common module includes some simple unit tests to demonstrate a way to mock out the Settings interface when testing code that interacts with it. The shared:android and shared:ios modules include gradle configuration to run these tests on each respective platform.


Copyright 2018 Russell Wolf

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