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IDWise Smart Onboarding SDK for Flutter

Table of contents
  1. Not Already a Customer?
  2. Requirements
    1. iOS
    2. Android
  3. iOS Installation
  4. Android Installation
  5. Flutter Usage
    1. Flutter Bridging to native platforms
    2. Native Code to start Journey (iOS)
    3. Native Code to start Journey (Android)
  6. Android Code Example
  7. iOS Code Example

This git repository contains the official IDWiseSDK meant to be used in Flutter applications. This README contains all the needed information to test and integrate the IDWiseSDK in your flutter project.

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The minimum deployment target for IDWiseSDK is iOS 12.0. In order to use the SDK your application minimum deployment target should be iOS 12.0 or higher. On your development machine you need to have XCode and CocoaPods installed. Both Intel and M1 (Apple Sillicon) based machines are supported. When working with Cocoapods you might have to run some commands through Rosetta Stone compatibility mode.

If you are building iOS project on VSCode and using an M1 machine then It’s recommended to use Xcode for iOS builds because VSCode does not support Roestta mode and we need Rosetta option on both terminal and Xcode to run our project without any Issues of linking architecture. Flutter also has disabled support for builds through VSCode starting from iOS 14, so we need Xcode for iOS builds anyway.


The minSdkVersion is 16 and targetSdkVersion is set to 31 in IDWise Android SDK. It is recommended to install the Latest Android Studio on your development machine.

iOS Installation

To install pods in your flutter project, first go to projectfolder/ios. You can create a podfile If does not exist already by running command “pod init” on terminal by going into this ios directory. If you already have a podfile, you can follow following steps.

IDWiseSDK is available to install via CocoaPods package manager from IDWise private Cocoapods repository. To add IDWise SDK to your project, first ensure you have these two lines at the top of your Podfile file:

source ''
source ''

This adds IDWise private Cocoapods repository as a source to install packages from

Next add this line also to your Podfile but this time underneath your target node for your project:

pod 'IDWise'

You can have a look at the example Podfile provided in the root of this repository to see an example Podfile with both the changes above completed

After adding our dependency in your Podfile run:

pod install

Android Installation

Add the following in your app level build.gradle file located at projectRoot/android/app/build.gradle

  android {
    defaultConfig {
      multiDexEnabled true
    buildFeatures {
      dataBinding true

Add following repositories in you project-level build.gradle file located at projectRoot/android/build.gradle

repositories {
	maven { 
		url '' 
            	allowInsecureProtocol = true
	maven { url '' }

Finally, Add the following dependency in your app level build.gradle file located at projectRoot/android/app/build.gradle. Replace the x.y.z with the latest IDWise SDK version

dependencies {
	implementation 'com.idwise:android-sdk:x.y.z'

Flutter Usage

Invoking IDWise SDK is very simple. First import IDWise package in your .dart file from where you want to invoke IDWise SDK:

import IDWise

Flutter Bridging to native platforms

We need to create a MethodChannel class object with some unique name assigned to channel. To use MethodChannel class, we need to import following dart services to our project.

import 'dart:async';
import 'package:flutter/services.dart';

We will create object of MethodChannel class in our widget class as a variable. METHOD_CHANNEL_NAME can be any unique string.

static const platformChannel = MethodChannel("<METHOD_CHANNEL_NAME>");

Now, we will use methodChannel object to invoke our native platform code. Calling the native code is an asynchronous operation so we need to create a method which returns a Future and is an async method like below. This is all the code that we need to do on flutter side and everything else will be handeled in native platform classes.

  Future<void> _startSDK() async {
    try {
       * You can call initialize either in initState() of your Page
       * where you are going to start the verification, to pre-initialize the SDK.
       * Or you can call it along with startJourney(). Which suits best for your
       * usecase. Further implementation is done in MainActivity.kt for Android
       * and AppDelegate.swift for iOS


       * You can call the startJourney when you wan to start the verification
       * process. Further implementation is done in MainActivity.kt for Android
       * and AppDelegate.swift for iOS


    } on PlatformException catch (e) {
      print("Failed : '${e.message}'.");

Native Code to start Journey (iOS)

IDWise SDK is designed to start on top of a UIViewController in your application. Each user onboarding or verification transaction is named a user journey. In flutter project, we will navigate to projectfolder/ios/Runner and will work in AppDelegate.swift class. In this file, we will write our code in didFinishLaunchingWithOptions method. Just before returning from this method, we will add our code.

To start a new journey just provide the UIViewController from which you want the flow to start then call IDWiseSDK.initialize method first with your provided client key and then you can call IDWise.startJourney method. If initialization is failed for any reason, you will get an error object with a code and a message explaining the reason of the error. In the following example, we called initialize method and then called startJourney method.

As in flutter, we don’t have a UIViewController so we will create controller object using FlutterViewController class as done in code below. Then we will create a FluterMethodChannel object with same channel name as we assigned on dart side while creating the channel. Finally, we will implement channel’s handler method and depending on method name called from flutter class end, we will take action and invoke our native methods. As we invoked two methods from flutter class so we are handling for two methods in our AppDelegate.swift file.

      // Native code bridging Swift -> Dart , calling iOS SDK here
      let controller : FlutterViewController = window?.rootViewController as! FlutterViewController
      let channel = FlutterMethodChannel(name: methodChannelName,
                                                binaryMessenger: controller.binaryMessenger)
      channel.setMethodCallHandler({ [self]
          (call: FlutterMethodCall, result: @escaping FlutterResult) -> Void in
          switch call.method {
          case "initialize":
              IDWise.initialize(clientKey: "<YOUR_CLIENT_KEY>") { error in
               result("got some error")

          case "startJourney":
              IDWise.startJourney(journeyDefinitionId: "<YOUR_JOURNEY_DEFINITION_ID>",locale: "en", delegate: self)
              result("successfully started journey")

This will make IDWise SDK show a UI with a wizard to guide the user through completing the onboarding journey

This method takes 4 parameters:

  • journeyDefinitionId: Specifies the journey definition (aka template) to base this new journey on. Journey definitions are created based on your requirements and specify what documents and biometrics to collect from the user and in what order. JourneyDefinitionId is shared with you by IDWise team as part of your use-case and requirements discussions.
  • referenceNo : A custom identifier to associate with this journey to enable you to link it back easily or associate it with a user on your system.
  • locale : Language code of the language to be used to display the journey user interface. This is either an ISO 639-1 (2-letter for example en) or IETF BCP 47 (2-letter plus extended language specified for example zh-HK or zh-CN)
  • delegate: This parameter is used to provide a set of event handlers to handle the different events that are triggered from IDWise SDK. These events indicate the lifetime of a journey and provide oppurtunity for your application to react to certain events.

For example we can implement the protocol as an extension on the ViewController like so:

extension AppDelegate:IDWiseSDKDelegate {
    func onError(errorMessage: IDWiseSDKError) {
    func JourneyCancelled() {
    func JourneyStarted(journeyID: String) {
    func JourneyFinished() {

When the journey is started it is assigned a unique id called Journey ID in IDWise system and this is provided as a parameter, journeyID with the triggering of JourneyStarted event. This identifier can be used to fetch the data and status of the journey from IDWise Journey Fetch API once you get the webhook call to your backend.

The steps that compose part of the journey and the prompts that user see are all cutomisable through IDWise cloud system.

Native Code to start Journey (Android)

Inside your Activity which is extended from FlutterActivity, you need to override the configureFlutterEngine(flutterEngine: FlutterEngine) method. Add the following code inside this method to handle the initialize and startJourney requests from your flutter code e.g main.dart.

initialize You can initialize the SDK by calling IDWise.initialize(...). It takes “CLIENT_KEY”, provided by IDWise and an errorCallback.

startJourney After successfully initializing the SDK with your CLIENT_KEY provided by IDWIse, Your app can start an ID verification process by making a call to the startJourney method which takes the following parameters:

  • journeyTemplateId (also called Journey Definition ID): This is a unique identifier that identifies your journey definition. IDWise shares this with you when you register for using IDWise system.
  • referenceNo: (Optional) A parameter that you can use to associate an arbitrary identifier (reference number) with the user making the current journey. This is helpful to link the journey back to the user and/or application that started the journey, you will recieve this in the webhook request.

  • locale: (Optional), iso code of locale (language) for the UI elements (please contact IDWise support for the list of supported locales, we are happy to support more upon reqiest).
  • IDWiseSDKCallback: An interface implementation with multiple callback events. That are onJourneyStarted, onJourneyCompleted, onJourneyCancelled and onError.

The JourneyInfo.journeyId, received in onJourneyStarted & onJourneyCompleted, can then be used by your backend code to securely get the result of the ID verification.

            "YOUR_CHANNEL_NAME" //Example: "com.idwise.fluttersampleproject/idwise"
        ).setMethodCallHandler { call, result ->

            when (call.method) {
                "initialize" -> {
                    IDWise.initialize("<YOUR_CLIENT_KEY>") { error ->
                        result.error("ERROR", error!!.message, null)

                "startJourney" -> {
                        "<YOUR_JOURNEY_DEFINITION_ID>", //Provided by IDWise
                        "<REFERENCE_NUMBER>", //OPTIONAL
                        "en", //Locale
                        callback = object : IDWiseSDKCallback {
                            override fun onJourneyStarted(journeyInfo: JourneyInfo) {
                                Log.d("IDWiseSDKCallback", "onJourneyStarted")

                            override fun onJourneyCompleted(
                                journeyInfo: JourneyInfo,
                                isSucceeded: Boolean
                            ) {
                                Log.d("IDWiseSDKCallback", "onJourneyCompleted")

                            override fun onJourneyCancelled(journeyInfo: JourneyInfo?) {
                                Log.d("IDWiseSDKCallback", "onJourneyCancelled")

                            override fun onError(error: IDWiseSDKError) {
                                    "onError ${error.message}"


                else -> result.error("NO_SUCH_METHOD", "NO SUCH METHOD", null)

Android Code Example

You can find the MainActivity.kt for sample code for Android Integration.

iOS Code Example

Please find the following example for a Flutter project that showcases the integration with IDWise iOS Framework.