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    cordova-plugin-touch-id

    3.4.0 • Public • Published

    Cordova TouchID Plugin

    Also works with Face ID on iPhone X 🚀

    Index

    1. Description
    2. Screenshot
    3. Installation
    4. Usage
    5. Security++
    6. Face ID support

    Description

    Scan the fingerprint of your user with the TouchID sensor (iPhone 5S).

    • Compatible with Cordova Plugman.
    • Minimum iOS version is 8 (error callbacks will be gracefully invoked on lower versions).
    • Requires a fingerprint scanner, so an iPhone 5S or newer is required.

    Screenshot

    Distorted a bit because I created it back when Apple had not yet released the SDK and they're not a fan of developers posting screenshots of unreleased features.

    ScreenShot

    Installation

    Automatically (CLI / Plugman)

    Compatible with Cordova Plugman, compatible with PhoneGap 3.0 CLI, here's how it works with the CLI (backup your project first!):

    From npm:

    $ cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-touch-id
    $ cordova prepare
    

    The latest, from the master repo:

    $ cordova plugin add https://github.com/EddyVerbruggen/cordova-plugin-touch-id
    $ cordova prepare
    

    TouchID.js is brought in automatically. There is no need to change or add anything in your html.

    Manually

    1. Add the following xml to your config.xml in the root directory of your www folder:

    <feature name="TouchID">
      <param name="ios-package" value="TouchID" />
    </feature>

    You'll need to add the LocalAuthentication.framework and Security.framework to your project. Click your project, Build Phases, Link Binary With Libraries, search for and add the frameworks.

    2. Grab a copy of TouchID.js, add it to your project and reference it in index.html:

    <script type="text/javascript" src="js/TouchID.js"></script>

    3. Download the source files and copy them to your project.

    iOS: Copy the two .h and two .m files to platforms/ios/<ProjectName>/Plugins

    Usage

    First you'll want to check whether or not the user has a configured fingerprint scanner. You can use this to show a 'log in with your fingerprint' button next to a username/password login form.

    window.plugins.touchid.isAvailable(
      function(type) {alert(type)}, // type returned to success callback: 'face' on iPhone X, 'touch' on other devices
      function(msg) {alert('not available, message: ' + msg)} // error handler: no TouchID available
    );

    If the onSuccess handler was called, you can scan the fingerprint. There are two options: verifyFingerprint and verifyFingerprintWithCustomPasswordFallback. The first method will offer a fallback option called 'enter passcode' which shows the default passcode UI when pressed. The second method will offer a fallback option called 'enter password' (not passcode) which allows you to provide your own password dialog.

    window.plugins.touchid.verifyFingerprint(
      'Scan your fingerprint please', // this will be shown in the native scanner popup
       function(msg) {alert('ok: ' + msg)}, // success handler: fingerprint accepted
       function(msg) {alert('not ok: ' + JSON.stringify(msg))} // error handler with errorcode and localised reason
    );

    The errorhandler of the method above can receive an error code of -2 which means the user pressed the 'enter password' fallback.

    window.plugins.touchid.verifyFingerprintWithCustomPasswordFallback(
      'Scan your fingerprint please', // this will be shown in the native scanner popup
       function(msg) {alert('ok: ' + msg)}, // success handler: fingerprint accepted
       function(msg) {alert('not ok: ' + JSON.stringify(msg))} // error handler with errorcode and localised reason
    );

    This will render a button labelled 'Enter password' in case the fingerprint is not recognized. If you want to provide your own label ('Enter PIN' perhaps), you can use awkwardly named function (added in version 3.1.0):

    window.plugins.touchid.verifyFingerprintWithCustomPasswordFallbackAndEnterPasswordLabel(
      'Scan your fingerprint please', // this will be shown in the native scanner popup
      'Enter PIN', // this will become the 'Enter password' button label
       function(msg) {alert('ok: ' + msg)}, // success handler: fingerprint accepted
       function(msg) {alert('not ok: ' + JSON.stringify(msg))} // error handler with errorcode and localised reason
    );

    You can copy-paste these lines of code for a quick test:

    <button onclick="window.plugins.touchid.isAvailable(function(msg) {alert('ok: ' + msg)}, function(msg) {alert('not ok: ' + msg)})">Touch ID available?</button>
    <button onclick="window.plugins.touchid.verifyFingerprint('Scan your fingerprint please', function(msg) {alert('ok: ' + msg)}, function(msg) {alert('not ok: ' + JSON.stringify(msg))})">Scan fingerprint</button>

    Security++

    Since iOS9 it's possible to check whether or not the list of enrolled fingerprints changed since the last time you checked it. It's recommended you add this check so you can counter hacker attacks to your app. See this article for more details.

    So instead of checking the fingerprint after isAvailable add another check. In case didFingerprintDatabaseChange returns true you probably want to re-authenticate your user before accepting valid fingerprints again.

    window.plugins.touchid.isAvailable(
        // success handler; available
        function() {
          window.plugins.touchid.didFingerprintDatabaseChange(
              function(changed) {
                if (changed) {
                  // re-auth the user by asking for his credentials before allowing a fingerprint scan again
                } else {
                  // call the fingerprint scanner
                }
              }
          );
        },
        // error handler; not available
        function(msg) {
          // use a more traditional auth mechanism
        }
    );

    Face ID Support

    Since iOS 11, LocalAuthentication also supports Face ID for biometrics. This is a drop-in replacement for Touch ID and any existing apps using Touch ID will work identically on devices that use Face ID.

    Since plugin version 3.3.0 the success callback of isAvailable receives the type of biometric ID, which is either touch or face.

    You can use this to display "Face ID" or "Touch ID" as appropriate in your app.

    window.plugins.touchid.isAvailable(
      function(type) {alert(type)}, // type returned to success callback: 'face' on iPhone X, 'touch' on other devices
      function(msg) {alert('not available, message: ' + msg)} // error handler: no TouchID available
    );

    If you want to alter the usage description in the consent popup, then override the default empty adds an empty NSFaceIDUsageDescription. To do so, pass the following variable when installing the plugin:

    cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-touch-id --variable FACEID_USAGE_DESCRIPTION="For easy authentication"
    

    Install

    npm i cordova-plugin-touch-id

    DownloadsWeekly Downloads

    1,428

    Version

    3.4.0

    License

    MIT

    Unpacked Size

    22.8 kB

    Total Files

    7

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