Android UIKit Installation Guide

Amity Android UIKit Installation Guide

To allow for more customization, we have now open sourced our UI Kits and deprecated the packaged UI Kit version that was previously available.

With open source, developers have more flexibility and greater customization options, allowing you to have complete control over the visual style. Open sourcing allows for more transparency and visibility, and enables contributions from a greater developer community in terms of good design, implementation, code improvement, and fixes, translating into a better product and development experience.

To ensure that you continue to receive the latest features and updates, we encourage you to migrate over to the open source version. This guide will help you:

Migrate Android Open Source UI Kit with Existing Project

Remove existing gradle dependency

If you've never used UI Kit from a gradle dependency before, you may skip this step and proceed to the next step. If you are migrating the UIKit with an existing gradle dependency, you will need to remove it from the gradle at the application level.

implementation 'com.github.AmityCo.Amity-Social-Cloud-UIKit-Android:amity-uikit:x.y.z'

Import UI Kit module to your existing project

  • Navigate to your current application in Android Studio, then at the top navigation bar go to File > New > Import Module...

  • Choose the source directory where you downloaded/cloned UI Kit source code.

  • Make sure that you import :chat , :common, :social, and :amity-uikit module as per the screenshot described. The :sample module is optional and solely contains examples of UIKit Fragments and Activities.

  • Navigate to the root project's settings.gradle file once the modules have been successfully imported. You may see that Android Studio generated a dependency path from the UI Kit source code directory you specified initially. However, there's a chance that Android Studio won't do so or may generate the incorrect path. Please double-check that the path is accurate.

  • Additionally, in the root project's settings.gradle it's also mandatory to declare repository destination by adding maven { url } to dependencyResolutionManagement > repositories.

  • Add the imported module to application's gradle file by adding:

implementation project(path: ':amity-uikit')
  • Exclude these META-INF from the packaging options in application's gradle

 packagingOptions {
        exclude 'META-INF/INDEX.LIST'
        exclude 'META-INF/'
  • Lastly, apply this in the project-level build.gradle file. apply from: "../Amity-Social-Cloud-UIKit-Android/buildsystem/dependencies.gradle"

Also make sure that your settings android.nonTransitiveRClass=false in file

Woohoo! All set now you're ready to explore and modify our UI Kit in your application project.

Modifying Android Open Source UI Kit

You can modify the Android open source UI Kit to customize behaviors to fit your needs. To modify the code, simply copy and paste it into your local machine.

We recommend that you first fork the repository before starting any customization work, so that it will be easier to merge the code with the next version update that we provide from the main repository.

Reference on forking:

Get Latest Open Source UI Kit Updates

To update to the latest version of the UI Kit, you can pull the latest commit of the git submodule.

cd Amity-Social-Cloud-UIKit-Android-OpenSource
git pull origin master
cd ..
git add .
git commit -m “Update android uikit opensource submodule”
git push origin branch_name

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