Flutter SDK Features and Usage

Features and use cases that you can implement using the Flutter SDK.

This guide walks you through the different Flutter SDK features and how to use them.

Encrypting RudderStack databases

This feature is available in the Flutter SDK from v2.6.0 onwards.

To use the database encryption feature in the Flutter SDK, follow these steps:

  1. Add the new rudder_plugin_db_encryption package to your app by adding the below line to your pubspec.yml:
rudder_plugin_db_encryption: ^1.0.1
  1. Run the following command:
flutter pub get
  1. Once the package is installed, import it by running the following command:
import 'package:rudder_plugin_db_encryption/rudder_plugin_db_encryption.dart';
  1. Create a RudderDBEncryption object and pass it while initializing the SDK, as shown:
RudderDBEncryption dbEncryption = RudderDBEncryption(true, "<encryption_key>");
    MobileConfig mc = MobileConfig(dbEncryption: dbEncryption);
    RudderConfigBuilder builder = RudderConfigBuilder();
    rudderClient.initialize("WRITE_KEY", config: builder.build());

The RudderDBEncryption class accepts the following parameters:

ParameterTypeDescriptionDefault value
enableboolSpecifies whether to encrypt/decrypt the database.False
encryption_keyStringKey used to encrypt/decrypt the database.-

To remove encryption from a database, configure the RudderDBEncryption object with your encryption key and set enable to false.

Instructions for iOS

The rudder_plugin_db_encryption uses the SQLCipher Cocoapod under the hood to perform encryption. This Cocoapod requires the removal of any references to the standard SQLite system library for it to function as expected.

If you set up a project to inadvertently include a linking reference against the standard SQLite library before SQLCipher, it is possible that the application builds and runs correctly but does not use SQLCipher for encryption. This is not a problem for most projects but there are certain cases where unintentional SQLite linking can occur.

One such example is when using CocoaPods or some other sub-project that declares a dependency on the SQLite3 library. In this case, adding a pod to a project can silently modify the project settings in such a way that SQLCipher is not properly linked.

You can identify and fix the above linking issue during the development stage by looking for the below error log from the SDK:

RSDBPersistentManager: createDB: Cannot encrypt the Database as SQLCipher wasn't linked correctly.

To fix the linking issue, add a linker flag to your project settings to ensure that the Xcode links SQLCipher before SQLite. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the project-level build settings. These are the global project settings, not for the individual application target.
  2. Locate the Other Linker Flags setting and add one of the following commands depending on how you are integrating SQLCipher into the app.
If you are not adding SQLCipher into the app on your own and only using rudder_plugin_db_encryption, then see only the points 3 and 4 in the below table - depending on whether you are using use_frameworks! in your app’s ios/Podfile.
When using SQLCipher commercial edition static libraries$(PROJECT_DIR)/sqlcipher-static-ios/ios-libs/libsqlcipher-ios.aAdjust according to the path to the libsqlcipher-ios.a you received as a part of the package.
When using the sqlcipher.xcodeproj included in the SQLCipher Git repository$(BUILT_PRODUCTS_DIR)/libsqlcipher.a-
When using the SQLCipher CocoaPod with the use_frameworks Podfile setting enabled-framework SQLCipher-
When using the SQLCipher CocoaPod without the use_frameworks Podfile setting enabled-lSQLCipher-

Once the linker flag is added to the project-level build settings, you should see something like the below image:

Project-level build settings

After adding the linker flag to your project-level build settings, check the target-level build settings to ensure SQLCipher is shown first, as seen below:

Target-level build settings

Enabling/disabling user tracking (GDPR support)

This functionality is not available for the web.

RudderStack lets you opt out of tracking any user activity until the user gives their consent. You can do this using the SDK’s optOut API.

The optOut API is available in the Flutter SDK starting from version 1.0.6.

The optOut API takes a Boolean value to enable or disable tracking user activities. This flag persists across device reboots.

The following snippet highlights the use of the optOut API to disable user tracking:


Once the user grants their consent, you can enable user tracking by passing false to the optOut API:


Filtering events

When sending events to a destination via the device mode, you can explicitly specify the events to be sent or discarded by allowlisting or denylisting them.

Refer to the Client-side Event Filtering guide for more information on this feature.

Enabling/disabling events for specific destinations

The Flutter SDK lets you enable or disable sending events to a specific destination or all destinations connected to a source. You can specify these destinations by creating an object shown in the following snippet:

RudderOption options = new RudderOption();
// represents all destinations connected to the source, the default value is true.
options.putIntegration("All", false);
// specifying destination by its display name
options.putIntegration("Mixpanel", false);
// specifying destination by its Factory object
options.putIntegrationWithFactory(Appcenter(), true);
Make sure the destination names that you pass while specifying the destinations match exactly with the names listed in the RudderStack dashboard.

You can pass the destinations to the SDK in the following two ways:

Method 1. Passing destinations while initializing the SDK

This is helpful when you want to enable or disable sending the events to the destinations across all the API calls made using the SDK.

                    config: builder.build(),options: options);

Method 2. Passing destinations while making event calls

This approach is helpful when you want to:

  • Enable or disable sending a particular event to the destination, or
  • If you want to override the destinations passed while initializing the SDK, for a particular event.
RudderProperty property = RudderProperty();
property.put("test_key_1", "test_key_1");
rudderClient.track("test_track_event", properties: property, options: options);
If you specify the destinations while initializing the SDK and in the event, then the SDK considers only the destinations specified at the event level.

Setting custom objects for destinations

Starting from v2.4.0, you can also use the putIntegration method on the RudderOption object to set custom objects used by the device mode destinations.


Note that:

  • This feature is applicable only for the web platform.
  • For mobile platforms, the putIntegration method accepts the custom objects but does not set them for the destination. Instead, it only enables sending events to that destination (equivalent to options.putIntegration("<destination>", true);).

An example of setting a custom object to Google Analytics 4 via a track call:

RudderProperty property = RudderProperty();
property.put("manufacturer", "Ford");
property.put("model", "Explorer");
RudderOption options = RudderOption();
options.putIntegration("Mixpanel", false);
options.putIntegration("Google Analytics 4", {
   "sendUserID": false
rudderClient.track("Purchased Car", properties: property, options: options);

Setting custom context

Starting from v2.4.0, you can use the putCustomContext method on the RudderOption object to pass custom contextual information in all the events.

An example of setting custom context and passing it in a track call:

RudderProperty property = RudderProperty();
property.put("manufacturer", "Ford");
property.put("model", "Explorer");
RudderOption options = RudderOption();
options.putCustomContext("address", {
      "city": "New Orleans",
      "pin": "70032",
      "state": {"name": "Louisiana", "code": "LO"},
      "country": {"name": "USA", "code": "US"},
      "zone": 12,
      "lat": 22.5726,
rudderClient.track("Purchased Car", properties: property, options: options);

Setting the advertisement ID

This functionality is not available for the web.

RudderStack automatically collects the advertisement ID only if autoCollectAdvertId is set to true during the SDK initialization:

final RudderController rudderClient = RudderController.instance;
MobileConfig mobileConfig = MobileConfig(autoCollectAdvertId: true);
RudderConfigBuilder builder = RudderConfigBuilder();
rudderClient.initialize(WRITE_KEY,config: builder.build());

To explicitly pass your Android AAID or iOS IDFA, you can use the SDK’s putAdvertisingId method.

The putAdvertisingId method accepts a string argument <ADVERTISING_ID> which corresponds to your Android advertisingId(AAID) or iOS advertisingId (IDFA).

An example of how to use putAdvertisingId is shown below:


Setting the device token

This functionality is not available for the web.

You can use your device token to pass push notifications to the destinations that support them. RudderStack sets this token under context.device.token. To set a custom device token, the SDK supports the putDeviceToken method.

An example of setting a custom device token is shown below:



If you run into any issues when using the Flutter SDK, you can enable the SDK’s logging feature to determine the issue. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Import RudderLogger by running the following command:
import 'package:rudder_sdk_flutter/RudderLogger.dart';
  1. Enable the logging by changing your SDK initialization:
RudderConfigBuilder builder = RudderConfigBuilder();
                          config: builder.build());
  1. Set the log level to one of the following values:
  • NONE
  • WARN
  • INFO
For detailed logs, set the log level to DEBUG or VERBOSE.


Can I apply encryption only on new databases?

Database encryption works on new and existing databases. Pass the RudderDBEncryption object while initializing the Flutter SDK.

Can I remove encryption from an encrypted database?

Yes, you can. If the database is already encrypted, you can decrypt the database by configuring the RudderDBEncryption object with your encryption key and setting enable to false.

What happens if the supplied encryption key is different to the one the database is encrypted with?

After you encrypt the database:

  • If no key is provided, then the SDK deletes the current database with unsent events and creates a new unencrypted database instead.
  • If a wrong key is provided, then the SDK deletes the current database with unsent events and creates a new encrypted database with the given key.

Does the Flutter SDK support impression events?

No, the SDK does not support Flutter Impression currently.

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