Integrate SDK

Learn how to initialize and start the Android SDK.

Before you begin

  • You must install the Android SDK.
  • Ensure that in your app build.gradle file, applicationId's value (in the defaultConfig block) matches the app's app ID in AppsFlyer.
  • Get the AppsFlyer dev key. It is required to successfully initialize the SDK.
  • The codes in this document are example implementations. Make sure to change the <AF_DEV_KEY> and other placeholders as needed.
  • All the steps in this document are mandatory unless stated otherwise.

Initializing the Android SDK

It's recommended to initialize the SDK in the global Application class/subclass. That is to ensure the SDK can start in any scenario (for example, deep linking).

Step 1: Import AppsFlyerLib
In your global Application class, import AppsFlyerLib:

import com.appsflyer.AppsFlyerLib;
import com.appsflyer.AppsFlyerLib

Step 2: Initialize the SDK
In the global Application onCreate, call init with the following arguments:

AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().init(<AF_DEV_KEY>, null, this);
AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().init(<AF_DEV_KEY>, null, this)
  1. The first argument is your AppsFlyer dev key.
  2. The second argument is a Nullable AppsFlyerConversionListener. If you don't need conversion data, we recommend passing a null as the second argument. For more information, see Conversion data.
  3. The third argument is the Application Context.

Starting the Android SDK

In the Application's onCreate method, after calling init, call start and pass it the Application's Context as the first argument:

AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().start(this);
AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().start(this)

Deferring SDK start

Optional
You can defer the SDK initialization by calling start from an Activity class, instead of calling it in the Application class. init should still be called in the Application class.

Typical usage of deferred SDK start is when an app would like to request consent from the user to collect data in the Main Activity, and call start after getting the user's consent.

Starting with a response listener

To receive confirmation that the SDK was started successfully, create an AppsFlyerRequestListener object and pass it as the third argument of start:

AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().start(getApplicationContext(), <YOUR_DEV_KEY>, new AppsFlyerRequestListener() {
  @Override
  public void onSuccess() {
    Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Launch sent successfully, got 200 response code from server");
  }
  
  @Override
  public void onError(int i, @NonNull String s) {
    Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Launch failed to be sent:\n" +
          "Error code: " + i + "\n"
          + "Error description: " + s);
  }
});
AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().start(this, <YOUR_DEV_KEY>, object : AppsFlyerRequestListener {
  override fun onSuccess() {
    Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Launch sent successfully")
    }
  
  override fun onError(errorCode: Int, errorDesc: String) {
    Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Launch failed to be sent:\n" +
          "Error code: " + errorCode + "\n"
          + "Error description: " + errorDesc)
    }
})
  • The onSuccess() callback method is invoked for every 200 response to an attribution request made by the SDK.
  • The onError(String error) callback method is invoked for any other response and returns the response as the error string.

Full example

The following example demonstrates how to initialize and start the SDK from the Application class.

import android.app.Application;
import com.appsflyer.AppsFlyerLib;
// ...
public class AFApplication extends Application {
    // ...
    @Override
    public void onCreate() {
        super.onCreate();
        // ...
        AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().init(<AF_DEV_KEY>, null, this);
        AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().start(this);
        // ...
    }
    // ...
}
import android.app.Application
import com.appsflyer.AppsFlyerLib
// ...
class AFApplication : Application() {
    override fun onCreate() {
        super.onCreate()
        // ...
        AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().init(<AF_DEV_KEY>, null, this)
        AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().start(this)
        // ...
    }
    // ...
}

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Enabling debug mode

Optional
You can enable debug logs by calling setDebugLog:

AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().setDebugLog(true);
AppsFlyerLib.getInstance().setDebugLog(true)

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Note

To see full debug logs, make sure to call setDebugLog before invoking other SDK methods.

See example.

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Warning

To avoid leaking sensitive information, make sure debug logs are disabled before distributing the app.

Testing the integration

Optional
For detailed integration testing instructions, see the Android SDK integration testing guide.


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