Getting Started with Zapp Plugin

New plugins for the Zapp platform can be created as native iOS (swift, objective c), native Android (Java, Kotlin) or as React Native (JS) projects.

What is a plugin?

A plugin is a wrapper between Zapp protocol / interface to a specific code base, like your own feature or integration of an SDK.

Zapp supports different types of plugins: app navigation, datasource providers, media players, login & payments, fullscreen, analytics providers, and push providers.

In addition, Zapp includes a few protocols / interfaces that can be used by any type of plugin, for example: loading time hook or handle url scheme.

Open source tools, examples, and live plugins can be found in GitHub for your use.

Plugin development flow

1. Create your project

The first step in creating a new plugin is to create the plugin project. Our recommendation is first to create the project with the most basic relevant implementation (hello world), then make sure it successfully builds inside Zapp before moving to the full implementation.

In the creation of your project you can use one of following tools / code examples:

2. Publish to Zapp

Each plugin should be pushed to its own git repository and deployed (preferably by CI) to a dependancy manager; CocoaPods for iOS, Maven for Android, and NPM for React-Native and Datasource providers.

Then publish the Zapp plugin manifest (zappifest), which is a JSON that declares the plugin getaways (Class name, Pod/Maven/NPM, and more) and enables the plugin developer to add custom plugin configuration fields in Zapp. You can do it easliy by using the zappifest cli.

3. Build your app and download the development project

In order to enable the plugin developer to develop the plugin in the most realistic environment, we have created the Zapp development project. Follow the guide to build your app and generate the development project, for more details.

4. Finalize your plugin, test it, and publish the final version

Use the development project and finalize your plugin, don't forget to test it locally. Then, publish an updated version of your plugin to Zapp and re-build your app.

Plugins can be submitted as a public plugin or a whitelisted plugin. A whitelisted plugin is a plugin that will be available only to specific accounts in Zapp, whereas a public plugin will be available to all accounts and applications to use.

New plugins are always submitted as a whitelisted plugins and can be upgraded to a public status only after review according to the plugins submission guideline.

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