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Pigeon Examples

HostApi Example

This example gives an overview of how to use Pigeon to call into the host-platform from Flutter.


This is the Pigeon file that describes the interface that will be used to call from Flutter to the host-platform.

import 'package:pigeon/pigeon.dart';

class SearchRequest {
  String? query;

class SearchReply {
  String? result;

abstract class Api {
  SearchReply search(SearchRequest request);


This is the call to Pigeon that will injest message.dart and generate the code for iOS and Android.

flutter pub run pigeon \
  --input pigeons/message.dart \
  --dart_out lib/pigeon.dart \
  --objc_header_out ios/Runner/pigeon.h \
  --objc_source_out ios/Runner/pigeon.m \
  --java_out ./android/app/src/main/java/dev/flutter/pigeon/ \
  --java_package "dev.flutter.pigeon"


This is the code that will use the generated Objective-C code to recieve calls from Flutter.

#import "AppDelegate.h"
#import <Flutter/Flutter.h>
#import "pigeon.h"

@interface MyApi : NSObject <Api>

@implementation MyApi
-(SearchReply*)search:(SearchRequest*)request error:(FlutterError **)error {
  SearchReply *reply = [[SearchReply alloc] init];
  reply.result =
      [NSString stringWithFormat:@"Hi %@!", request.query];
  return reply;

- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application 
didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary<UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey, id> *)launchOptions {
  MyApi *api = [[MyApi alloc] init];
  ApiSetup(getFlutterEngine().binaryMessenger, api);
  return YES;

This is the code that will use the generated Java code to receive calls from Flutter.

import dev.flutter.pigeon.Pigeon;

public class StartActivity extends Activity {
  private class MyApi extends Pigeon.Api {
    Pigeon.SearchReply search(Pigeon.SearchRequest request) {
      Pigeon.SearchReply reply = new Pigeon.SearchReply();
      reply.result = String.format("Hi %s!", request.query);
      return reply;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    Pigeon.SetupApi(getBinaryMessenger(), new MyApi());


This is the Dart code that will call into the host-platform using the generated Dart code.

import 'pigeon.dart';

void main() {
  testWidgets("test pigeon", (WidgetTester tester) async {
    SearchRequest request = SearchRequest()..query = "Aaron";
    Api api = Api();
    SearchReply reply = await;
    expect(reply.result, equals("Hi Aaron!"));

Swift / Kotlin Plugin Example

A downloadable example of using Pigeon to create a Flutter Plugin with Swift and Kotlin can be found at gaaclarke/flutter_plugin_example.

Swift / Kotlin Add-to-app Example

A full example of using Pigeon for add-to-app with Swift on iOS can be found at samples/add_to_app/books.