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    NativeScript Azure Mobile Apps plugin

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    A NativeScript Azure Mobile Apps plugin.


    Run the following command from the root of your project:

    tns plugin add nativescript-azure-mobile-apps

    This command automatically installs the necessary files, as well as stores nativescript-azure-mobile-apps as a dependency in your project's package.json file.


    For most of the functions the plugin you only need to know the name of your Azure mobile apps portal. The only thing that requires additional configuration is the social sign-in under iOS. For that please follow the steps explained below

    Starting with version 2.0, due to updated libraries, Mircososft now reqiures the minimum SDK for Android to be 19. So you need to adjust 2 files in your app:

    1. In the app/App_Resources/Android/AndroidManifest.xml you must have android:minSdkVersion set to 19 or above.
    2. In the app/App_Resources/Android/app.gradle you must ensure that in your defaultConfig you have minSdkVersion set to the same number as the one you set in the AndroidManifest.xml file. So assuming you are setting it to 19, your file should look something like this:
    android {  
      defaultConfig {  
        generatedDensities = []
        applicationId = "......"
        minSdkVersion 19



    Static Methods

    • configureClientAuthAppDelegate(): void
      Configures the iOS authentication delegate. You are required to call this before your applications starts in case you will be using social sign in under iOS!


    • onstructor(string)
      Initialize a new client with the given Azure portal url.

    • getTable(string): MobileServiceTable
      Gets a reference to the table with the given name.

    • login(AuthenticationProvider, string?): Promise
      Performs a social sign in with the given provider and url scheme.

    • loginFromCache(): boolean
      Tries to login the user from a previously cached authentication. Returns true if successful.


    • user - MobileServiceUser
      Returns the currently social signed in user.

    • push - MobileServicePush Returns a MobileServicePush object which you can use to work with push notifications.



    • register(string): Promise
      Registers the given native push token for push notifications with Azure.

    • registerWithTemplate(string, string, string): Promise
      Registers the given native push token, template name and template for push notifications with Azure. For more information about templates see the usage below.

    • registerWithTags(string, string[]): Promise
      Registers the given native push token for push notifications with Azure and associates the given tags with the device installation. You can read more about tags here.

    • registerWithTagsAndTemplate(string, string[], string, string): Promise
      This combines the above 2 methods, so you can register both with a template and tags.

    • unregister(): Promise
      Unregisters the device from Azure push notifications.


    • installationId - string Returns the installationId of the device what is registered with Azure's Notification Hubs. This is usefull, for example, in case you need custom tags and you need to call your backend to add the tags.


    Static Methods

    • clearCachedAuthenticationInfo(): void
      Clears the previously cached authentication info.

    • getFromCache():MobileServiceUser
      Returns the previously cached user.


    • getProviderCredentials(): Promise
      Returns various details about the current user (for example surname, given name, user id, claims, etc.).


    • userId - string
      Gets the user id for this user.

    • authenticationToken - string
      Gets the OAuth token for this user.



    • read(): Promise<Array>
      Returns all records in the table.

    • insert(T): Promise
      Adds the given item to the table. Returns thie updated item (for example with id assigned).

    • update(T): Promise
      Updates a given item in the table. Returns the updated item.

    • deleteById(number|string): Promise
      Deletes the item with the given id from the table.

    • deleteItem(T): Promise
      Deletes the given item from the table.

    • where(): MobileServiceQuery
      Returns a query object which you can use to filter, order and page through the data in the table.


    The query object provies a very easy to use chainable interface to filter, order and page through the data inside a table.


    • field(string): this
      Specifies that we will be filtering by the given field. After this you can apply one of the filtering operations.

    • eq(string|number|boolean|Date): this
      Filters the table by a previously specified field so that its value equals the given value.

    • ne(string|number|boolean|Date): this
      Filters the table by a previously specified field so that its value is different than the given value.

    • gt(string|number||Date): this
      Filters the table by a previously specified field so that its value is greater than the given value.

    • ge(string|number||Date): this
      Filters the table by a previously specified field so that its value is greater than or equal to the given value.

    • lt(number||Date): this
      Filters the table by a previously specified field so that its value is lower than the given value.

    • le(number||Date): this
      Filters the table by a previously specified field so that its value is lower than or equal to the given value.

    • startsWith(string, string): this
      Filter the table by the given field so that the values start with the given value.

    • endsWith(string, string): this
      Filter the table by the given field so that the values end with the given value.

    • and(): this
      Applies a logcal AND operator after which you can start another filter condition.

    • or(): this
      Applies a logcal OR operator after which you can start another filter condition.

    • orderBy(string, SortDir): this
      Orders the resultset by thegive field and direction. This should be applied after specifying your filters!

    • skip(number): this
      Skips the given number of records from the current resultset. This should be applied after all filters and sorting.

    • top(number): this
      Takes only the given amount of records from the resultset. This should be applied after all filters and sorting.

    • read(): Promise
      Reads and returns the records of the currently filtered, ordered and windowed resultset.


    Note that there is no difference in using the plugin in Angular NativeScript apps, so the usage below is valid for Angular apps as well.

    Create a client

    import { MobileServiceClient } from "nativescript-azure-mobile-apps/client";
    var client = new MobileServiceClient("https://<PORTAL_NAME>");

    Get a reference to a table

    var todoItemTable = client.getTable("TodoItem");

    Get all items in a table<TodoItem>().then(function(results) {
        // results is array of TodoItem-s

    Add an item to a table

    var item = new TodoItem();
    item.text = "NativeScript Rocks!";
    todoItemTable.insert(item).then(function(result) {
        // result is the inserted item with the id changed

    Update an item

    item.text = "Changed Text";
    todoItemTable.update(item).then(function(result) {
        // result is the updated item

    Delete an item

    todoItemTable.deleteItem(item).then(function() {

    Delete an item by ID

    todoItemTable.deleteById("some id").then(function() {

    Query table

    todoItemTable.where().field("completed").eq(true).read().then(function(results) {
        console.log("There are " + results.length.toString() + "completed items");


    import { SortDir } from "nativescript-azure-mobile-apps/query";
    todoItemTable.where().field("completed").eq(true).orderBy("createdAt", SortDir.Desc).read().then(function(results) {
        // ...


    import { SortDir } from "nativescript-azure-mobile-apps/query";
    todoItemTable.where().field("completed").eq(true).orderBy("createdAt", SortDir.Asc).skip(2).top(3).read().then(function(results) {
        // Skips 2 completed tasks and returns the next 3 ordered chronologically by creation. 

    User Authentication (Social Sign In)

    iOS login requirements

    In versions 1.0.0 and lower login on iOS leveraged an in-app browser. This will be banned so we needed to switch to SafariViewController which is not "in-app". So we need to be able to switch back and forth between the external browser. The main benefit is this browser can leverage cookies already set by for instance a Facebook login, so the user doesn't have to enter his credentials again.

    It's a bit of work, but it's a one time effort and should take you about 5 minutes to complete these steps:

    Custom URL Scheme

    Switching to the external browser is not a problem, but switching back requires you to configure a 'Custom URL Scheme'. Open app/App_Resources/iOS/Info.plist and add:


    Make sure the Custom URL Scheme string x-msauth-tns-azure-sample above is unique on the device of the user, so including your bundle id would be a good start (replace the dots by dashes).

    Also, replace by your bundle id.


    Add x-msauth-tns-azure-sample://easyauth.callback to the 'ALLOWED EXTERNAL REDIRECT URLS' field in these screenshots of your Azure backend.

    Make sure to replace x-msauth-tns-azure-sample by your own Custom URL Scheme.

    App Delegate wiring

    Now that your app can be called from the external party it still can't switch back to the foreground unless you wire up a method in the App Delegate. Don't worry, this plugin takes care of that for you, the only thing you need to do is add this line just before app.start() in app.js / app.ts:

    // add this
    // something like this is already there
    application.start({ moduleName: "main-page" });
    Passing the URL Scheme to login

    Note that calling login has changed a bit; you now need to pass a second parameter to this function to use the new login mechanism. Failing to do so will fall back to the deprecated in-app browser authentication method. Make sure to replace x-msauth-tns-azure-sample by the scheme you configured in Info.plist before. You can leave it out if you only target Android.

    import { AuthenticationProvider } from "nativescript-azure-mobile-apps/user";
    client.login(AuthenticationProvider.Google, "x-msauth-tns-azure-sample").then((user) => {  
        console.log(`Logged In! UserID:${user.userId}`);
    }, (e) => {
        console.log("Error Logging in!", e);

    Once authenticated the userId and token are cached so you can login by simply calling:

    client.loginFromCache(); // Will return true if there are cached credentials and will setup the client accordingly

    If you want to get additional information about the user (like provider token, name, email, profile photo etc.) you can do this by calling getProviderCredentials():

    client.user.getProviderCredentials().then((result) => {
        console.log(`Surname: ${result.surname}`);
        console.log(`Given Name: ${result.givenName}`);
        console.log(`Name: ${}`);

    Note: Since each provider provides different amount of details (also depends on what you have authorized in the Azure portal), if you are looking for some specific information, you should check the claims property of the result. It is a dictionary containing all the information that is returned from Azure.

    If you want to remove the cached authentication info you should use:

    import { MobileServiceUser } from "nativescript-azure-mobile-apps/user";

    Push Notifications

    NOTE: In order to work with push notifications you also need to install the nativescript-plugin-firebase plugin. You can do this by running the following command:

    tns plugin add nativescript-plugin-firebase

    When prompted answer Yes to use the plugin in Push Only setup (in case you won't be using anything from the Firebase plugin) You can read more on how to use the firebase push only setup here.


    You need to call the push register with Azure in the onPushTokenReceivedCallback by passing the registration token returned by the plugin.

    import { messaging } from "nativescript-plugin-firebase/messaging";
        onPushTokenReceivedCallback: (token) => {
                .then(() => { console.log("Azure Register OK!", client.push.installationId); })
                .catch((e) => { console.error(e); });

    Register with a template

    If you want to use a custom template for the notifications, you can use the registerWithTemplate method to pass your template name and body.

    import { messaging } from "nativescript-plugin-firebase/messaging";
    let pushTemplates = {};
    pushTemplates[] = "{\"data\":{\"message\":\"$(param)\"}}";
    pushTemplates[platform.platformNames.ios] = "{\"aps\":{\"alert\":\"$(param)\"}}";
        onMessageReceivedCallback: (message) => {
        onPushTokenReceivedCallback: (token) => {
            client.push.registerWithTemplate(token, "MyTemplate", pushTemplates[platform.device.os])
                .then(() => { console.log("Azure Register OK!", client.push.installationId); })
                .catch((e) => { console.error(e); });


    import { messaging } from "nativescript-plugin-firebase/messaging";
        .then(() => {
            console.log("Device Unregister OK!");
                .then(() => console.log("Azure Unregister OK!"))
                .catch((e) => console.log(e));
        .catch((e) => { console.error(e); });


    This repository includes a plain NativeScript demo. In order to run it execute the following in your shell:

    $ git clone
    cd nativescript-azure-mobile-apps
    $ npm install
    $ npm run demo-ios

    This will run the plain NativeScript demo project on iOS. If you want to run it on Android simply use the -android instead of the -ios sufix.






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