NativeScript Core


The Application module provides abstraction over the platform-specific Application implementations. The module lets you manage the lifecycle of your NativeScript applications from starting the application to handling application events and creating platform-specific logic.

The pre-required application module is used throughout the following code snippets.

Android Broadcast Receiver

Registering a Broadcast Receiver (Android) to check the device's battery life. The example also demonstrates how to access the native Android API using tns-platform-declarations.

if (platformModule.isAndroid) {
    // use tns-platform-dclarations to acces native APIs (e.g. ndroid.content.Intent)
    receiver =, (context, intent) => {
        const level = intent.getIntExtra(android.os.BatteryManager.EXTRA_LEVEL, -1);
        const scale = intent.getIntExtra(android.os.BatteryManager.EXTRA_SCALE, -1);
        const percent = (level / scale) * 100.0;
        vm.set("batteryLife", percent.toString());

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Application Events

The application module provides cross-platform application events tp handle different application states. With the provided applicaiton events the user can handle launch, resume, suspend and exit states or provide logic related to the screen orientation, uncaught errors and low memory events.

const applicationModule = require("tns-core-modules/application");

Use the applicaiton method on to add event listeners.

launchListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.launchEvent, (args) => {
    // The root view for this Window on iOS or Activity for Android.
    // If not set a new Frame will be created as a root view in order to maintain backwards compatibility.
    console.log("Root View: ", args.root);
    console.log("The appication was launched!");
suspendListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.suspendEvent, (args) => {
    console.log("The appication was suspended!");
resumeListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.resumeEvent, (args) => {
    console.log("The appication was resumed!");
exitListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.exitEvent, (args) => {
    console.log("The appication was closed!");
displayedListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.displayedEvent, (args) => {
    console.log("NativeScript displayedEvent");
lowMemoryListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.lowMemoryEvent, (args) => {
    // the instance that has raidsed the event
    console.log("Instance: ", args.object);
orientationChangedListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.orientationChangedEvent, (args) => {
    // orientationChangedEventData.newValue: "portrait" | "landscape" | "unknown"
    console.log("Orientation: ", args.newValue);
    vm.set("orientation", args.newValue);
uncaughtErrorListener = applicationModule.on(applicationModule.uncaughtErrorEvent, (args) => {
    // UnhandledErrorEventData.error: NativeScriptError
    console.log("NativeScript Error: ", args.error);

Use the applicaiton method off to remove the registered event listeners.

// import { off as applicationOff } from "tns-core-modules/applicaiton";, launchListener);, resumeListener);, suspendListener);, exitListener);, displayedListener);, lowMemoryListener);, orientationChangedListener);, uncaughtErrorListener);

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Check Platform

Use the following code in case you need to check somewhere in your code the platform you are running against:

if ( {
    console.log("We are running on Android device!");
} else if (application.ios) {
    console.log("We are running on iOS device");

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iOS Notification Observer

Use addNotificationObserver to add iOS notifications observer

if (application.ios) {
    // import { ios as iosUtils } from "tns-core-modules/utils/utils";
    utilsModule.ios.getter(UIDevice, UIDevice.currentDevice).batteryMonitoringEnabled = true;
    vm.set("batteryLife", +(utilsModule.ios.getter(UIDevice, UIDevice.currentDevice).batteryLevel * 100).toFixed(1));
    observer = application.ios.addNotificationObserver(UIDeviceBatteryLevelDidChangeNotification, (notification) => {
        // tslint:disable:max-line-length
        vm.set("batteryLife", +(utilsModule.ios.getter(UIDevice, UIDevice.currentDevice).batteryLevel * 100).toFixed(1));

When no longer needed, remove the notification observer

application.ios.removeNotificationObserver(observer, UIDeviceBatteryLevelDidChangeNotification);

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API Reference for Application Class