Identity

The Identity framework is bundled with Mobile Core and enables your app with the ECID. This service helps with the synchronization of Adobe and other customer identifiers.

On web or other platforms, there might situations where this framework might not be required, and the implementation of this SDK framework on mobile apps is required.

To get started with Identity, complete the following steps:

  1. Add the Identity framework to your app.

  2. Implement the SDK APIs to complete the following tasks:

    • Update customer IDs.

    • Append Adobe visitor data to a URL string.

    • Return customer IDs.

    • Retrieve Experience Cloud IDs.

    • Set advertising IDs.

    • Set the device notification for push notifications.

Add the Identity framework to your app

Android
iOS
React Native
Flutter
Cordova
Unity
Xamarin
Android

Java

Import the library:

import com.adobe.marketing.mobile.*;
iOS

iOS

Import the Identity extension:

Objective-C

#import "ACPIdentity.h"

Swift

In swift, the ACPCore includes ACPIdentity :

import ACPCore
React Native

Import the Identity extension:

JavaScript

import {ACPIdentity} from '@adobe/react-native-acpcore';
Flutter

Import the Identity extension:

Dart

import 'package:flutter_acpcore/flutter_acpidentity.dart';
Cordova

Cordova

After creating your Cordova app and adding the Android and iOS platforms, the Identity extension for Cordova can be added with this command:

cordova plugin add https://github.com/adobe/cordova-acpcore.git
Unity

C#

After importing the ACPCore.unitypackage, the Identity extension for Unity can be added with following code in the MainScript

using com.adobe.marketing.mobile;
Xamarin

C#

After adding the iOS ACPCore NuGet package or the Android ACPIdentity NuGet package, the Identity extension can be added by this import statement

using Com.Adobe.Marketing.Mobile;

Register the Identity extension

The registerExtension() API registers the Identity extension with the Mobile Core extension. This API allows the extension to send and receive events to and from the Mobile SDK.

To register the Identity extension, use the following code sample:

Android
iOS
React Native
Flutter
Cordova
Unity
Xamarin
Android

After calling the setApplication() method in the onCreate() method, register the extension. If the registration was not successful, an InvalidInitException is thrown.

Java

public class MobiletApp extends Application {
@Override
public void onCreate() {
super.onCreate();
MobileCore.setApplication(this);
try {
Identity.registerExtension();
} catch (Exception e) {
//Log the exception
}
}
}
iOS

iOS

Register the Identity extension in your app's didFinishLaunchingWithOptions function:

Objective-C

- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {
[ACPIdentity registerExtension];
// Override point for customization after application launch.
return YES;
}

Swift

func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
ACPIdentity.registerExtension();
// Override point for customization after application launch.
return true;
}
React Native

JavaScript

When using React Native, registering Identity with Mobile Core should be done in native code which is shown under the Android and iOS tabs.

Flutter

Dart

When using Flutter, registering Identity with Mobile Core should be done in native code which is shown under the Android and iOS tabs.

Cordova

Cordova

When using Cordova, registering Identity with Mobile Core must be done in native code which is shown under the Android and iOS tabs.

Unity

C#

Register the Identity extension in your app's Start() function:

void Start() {
ACPIdentity.RegisterExtension();
}
Xamarin

C#

iOS

Register the Identity extension in your app's FinishedLaunching() function:

public override bool FinishedLaunching(UIApplication app, NSDictionary options)
{
global::Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init();
LoadApplication(new App());
ACPIdentity.RegisterExtension();
// start core
ACPCore.Start(startCallback);
return base.FinishedLaunching(app, options);
}
private void startCallback()
{
// set launch config
ACPCore.ConfigureWithAppID("yourAppId");
}

Android

Register the Identity extension in your app's OnCreate() function:

protected override void OnCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
{
base.OnCreate(savedInstanceState);
global::Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init(this, savedInstanceState);
LoadApplication(new App());
ACPIdentity.RegisterExtension();
// start core
ACPCore.Start(new CoreStartCompletionCallback());
}
class CoreStartCompletionCallback : Java.Lang.Object, IAdobeCallback
{
public void Call(Java.Lang.Object callback)
{
// set launch config
ACPCore.ConfigureWithAppID("yourAppId");
}
}

Previously known as MCID, the Experience Cloud ID (ECID) uniquely identifies each visitor in the Adobe Experience Platform and is a 38-character ID.

After the configuration is complete, an ECID is generated and, where applicable, is included on all Analytics and Audience Manager hits. Other IDs, such as custom and automatically-generated IDs, continue to be sent with each hit.

Version of the Identity extension

The extensionVersion() API returns the version of the Identity extension that is registered with the Mobile Core extension.

To get the version of the Identity extension, use the following code sample:

Android
iOS
React Native
Flutter
Cordova
Unity
Xamarin
Android

Java

String identityExtensionVersion = Identity.extensionVersion();
iOS

iOS

Objective-C

NSString *identityExtensionVersion = [ACPIdentity extensionVersion];

Swift

var identityExtensionVersion = ACPIdentity.extensionVersion()
React Native

JavaScript

ACPIdentity.extensionVersion().then(identityExtensionVersion => console.log("Identity version: " + identityExtensionVersion));
Flutter

Dart

String identityExtensionVersion = await FlutterACPIdentity.extensionVersion;
Cordova

Cordova

ACPIdentity.extensionVersion(function (handleCallback) {
console.log("AdobeExperienceSDK: ACPIdentity version: " + handleCallback)
}, function (handleError) {
console.log("AdobeExperenceSDK: failed to get extension version : " + handleError)
});
Unity

C#

string identityVersion = ACPIdentity.ExtensionVersion();
Xamarin

C#

string identityVersion = ACPIdentity.ExtensionVersion();

Visitor tracking between an app and the mobile web

If your app opens mobile web content, you need to ensure that visitors are not identified separately as they move between the native and mobile web.

Visitor IDs in apps

The Mobile SDK generates a unique visitor ID when the app is installed. This ECID is stored in persistent memory on the mobile device and is sent with every hit. The ECID is removed when the user uninstalls the app or when the user sets the Mobile SDK global privacy status to Opt-out.

When the Mobile SDK privacy status is set to Opt-out, and the ECID is removed, a new unique visitor ID (ECID) is generated when the user sets the global privacy status to Opt-In.

App visitor IDs persist through upgrades.

Visitor IDs in the mobile web

Typical mobile web implementations use the same standard analytics s_code.js or AppMeasurement.js that is used in desktop sites. The JavaScript libraries have their own methods of generating unique visitor IDs, which causes a different visitor ID to be generated when you open mobile web content from your app.

To use the same visitor ID in the app and mobile web and pass the visitor ID to the mobile web in the URL, complete the following steps:

Implementing visitor tracking between an app and the mobile web

Android
iOS
React Native
Flutter
Cordova
Unity
Xamarin
Android

Java

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call appendVisitorInfoForUrl:

Identity.appendVisitorInfoForURL("http://myurl.com", new AdobeCallback<String>() {
@Override
public void call(String urlWithAdobeVisitorInfo) {
//handle the new URL here
//For example, open the URL on the device browser
//
Intent i = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
i.setData(Uri.parse(urlWithAdobeVisitorInfo));
startActivity(i);
}
});

Alternately, starting in SDK version 1.4.0 (Identity version 1.1.0), you can call getUrlVariables and build your own URL:

Identity.getUrlVariables(new AdobeCallback<String>() {
@Override
public void call(String stringWithAdobeVisitorInfo) {
//handle the URL query parameter string here
//For example, open the URL on the device browser
//
Intent i = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
i.setData(Uri.parse("http://myUrl.com?" + urlWithAdobeVisitorInfo));
startActivity(i);
}
});
iOS

Objective-C

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call appendToUrl:

NSURL* url = [[NSURL alloc] initWithString:@"www.myUrl.com"];
[ACPIdentity appendToUrl:url withCallback:^(NSURL * _Nullable urlWithVisitorData) {
// handle the appended url here
}];

Alternately, starting with SDK version 2.3.0 (ACPIdentity version 2.1.0), you can call getUrlVariables and build your own URL:

[ACPIdentity getUrlVariables:^(NSString * _Nullable urlVariables) {
// handle the URL query parameter string here
NSString* urlString = @"http://myUrl.com";
NSString* urlStringWithVisitorData = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@?%@", urlString, urlVariables];
NSURL* urlWithVisitorData = [NSURL URLWithString:urlStringWithVisitorData];
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:urlWithVisitorData options:@{} completionHandler:^(BOOL success) {
// handle openURL success
}];
}];
React Native

JavaScript

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call appendVisitorInfoForUrl:

ACPIdentity.appendVisitorInfoForURL("www.myUrl.com").then(urlWithVistorData => console.log("Url with Visitor Data = " + urlWithVisitorData));

Alternately, starting with SDK version 1.0.5, you can call getUrlVariables and build your own URL:

ACPIdentity.getUrlVariables().then(urlVariables => console.log("query params = " + urlVariables));
Flutter

Dart

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call appendVisitorInfoForUrl:

String result = "";
try {
result = await FlutterACPIdentity.appendToUrl("www.myUrl.com");
} on PlatformException {
log("Failed to append URL");
}

Alternately, starting with SDK version 1.0.0-beta.1, you can call getUrlVariables and build your own URL:

String result = "";
try {
result = await FlutterACPIdentity.urlVariables;
} on PlatformException {
log("Failed to get url variables");
}
Cordova

Cordova

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call appendVisitorInfoForUrl:

ACPIdentity.appendVisitorInfoForUrl("https://example.com", function(handleCallback) {
console.log("AdobeExperenceSDK: Url with Visitor Data = " + handleCallback);
}, function(handleError) {
console.log("AdobeExperenceSDK: Failed to append URL : " + handleError);
});

Alternately, you can call getUrlVariables and build your own URL:

ACPIdentity.getUrlVariables(function (handleCallback) {
console.log("AdobeExperienceSDK: Url variables: " + handleCallback);
}, function (handleError) {
console.log("AdobeExperenceSDK: Failed to retrieve url variables : " + handleError);
});
Unity

C#

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call AppendToUrl:

[MonoPInvokeCallback(typeof(AdobeIdentityAppendToUrlCallback))]
public static void HandleAdobeIdentityAppendToUrlCallback(string url)
{
print("Url is : " + url);
}
ACPIdentity.AppendToUrl("https://www.adobe.com", HandleAdobeIdentityAppendToUrlCallback);

Alternately, you can call GetUrlVariables and build your own URL:

[MonoPInvokeCallback(typeof(AdobeGetUrlVariables))]
public static void HandleAdobeGetUrlVariables(string urlVariables)
{
print("Url variables are : " + urlVariables);
}
ACPIdentity.GetUrlVariables(HandleAdobeGetUrlVariables);
Xamarin

C#

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call AppendToUrl:

iOS

ACPIdentity.AppendToUrl(url, callback => {
Console.WriteLine("Appended url: " + callback);
});

To append visitor information to the URL that is being used to open the web view, call AppendVisitorInfoForUrl:

Android

ACPIdentity.AppendVisitorInfoForURL("https://example.com", new StringCallback());
class StringCallback : Java.Lang.Object, IAdobeCallback
{
public void Call(Java.Lang.Object stringContent)
{
if (stringContent != null)
{
Console.WriteLine("Appended url: " + stringContent);
}
else
{
Console.WriteLine("null content in string callback");
}
}
}

Alternately, you can call GetUrlVariables and build your own URL:

iOS

ACPIdentity.GetUrlVariables(callback => {
Console.WriteLine("Url variables: " + callback);
});

Android

ACPIdentity.GetUrlVariables(new StringCallback());
class StringCallback : Java.Lang.Object, IAdobeCallback
{
public void Call(Java.Lang.Object stringContent)
{
if (stringContent != null)
{
Console.WriteLine("Url variables: " + stringContent);
}
else
{
Console.WriteLine("null content in string callback");
}
}
}

The ID service code on the destination domain extracts the ECID from the URL instead of sending a request to Adobe for a new ID. The ID service code on the destination page uses this ECID to track the visitor. On hits from the mobile web content, verify that the mid parameter exists on each hit, and that this value matches the midvalue that is being sent by the app code.