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Assent is designed to make Android's runtime permissions easier and take less code in your app to use.

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Table of Contents

  1. Gradle Dependency
  2. The Basics
  3. Using Results
  4. Under the Hood Extras
  5. Rationales

Gradle Dependency

Add this to your module's build.gradle file:

dependencies {
  implementation 'com.afollestad:assent:2.3.1'

The Basics

Runtime permissions on Android are completely reliant on the UI the user is in. Permission requests go in and out of Activities and Fragments. This library provides its functionality as Kotlin extensions to Fragment Activities (e.g. AppCompatActivity) and AndroidX Fragments.

Note: you need to have permissions declared in your AndroidManifest.xml too, otherwise Android will always deny them.

class YourActivity : AppCompatActivity() {

  override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {

    // Set to true if one or more permissions are all granted
    val permissionsGranted: Boolean = isAllGranted(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE, CAMERA)
    // Requests one or more permissions, sending the result to a callback
    askForPermissions(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE, CAMERA) { result ->
      // Check the result, see the Using Results section
    // Requests one or multiple permissions and performs an action if all are granted
    runWithPermissions(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE, CAMERA) { 
      // Do something

All of the request methods above have an optional requestCode named parameter which you can use to customize the request code used when dispatching the permission request.

These methods can all be called from within an Activity or a Fragment. It works the same way in both.

Using Results

AssentResult is provided in request callbacks. It has a few useful fields and methods:

val result: AssentResult = // ...

val permissions: List<Permission> = result.permissions
val grantResults: IntArray = result.grantResults

// Takes a single permission and returns if this result contains it in its set
val containsPermission: Boolean = result.containsPermission(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE)

// You can pass multiple permissions as varargs
val permissionGranted: Boolean = result.isAllGranted(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE)

// You can pass multiple permissions as varargs
val permissionDenied: Boolean = result.isAllDenied(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE)

Under the Hood Extras

If you were to do this...

askForPermissions(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE) { _ -> }

askForPermissions(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE) { _ -> }

...the permission would only be requested once, and both callbacks would be called at the same time.

If you were to do this...

askForPermissions(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE) { _ -> }

askForPermissions(CALL_PHONE) { _ -> }

...Assent would wait until the first permission request is done before executing the second request.


Google recommends showing rationales for permissions when it may not be obvious to the user why you need them.

Assent supports extensible rationale handlers, it comes with two out-of-the-box:

  • SnackBarRationaleHandler
  • AlertDialogRationaleHandler
// Could also use createDialogRationale(...) here, 
// or provide your own implementation of RationaleHandler. 
val rationaleHandler = createSnackBarRationale(rootView) {
  onPermission(READ_CONTACTS, "Test rationale #1, please accept!")
  onPermission(WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE, "Test rationale #1, please accept!")
  onPermission(READ_SMS, "Test rationale #3, please accept!")

    rationaleHandler = rationaleHandler
) { result ->
  // Use result

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