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I created a patch, but it’s not showing up in my app

There are several reasons this might be happening. Start by running your release on a device or Android emulator using the shorebird preview command to see the log output.

Common causes of this problem are:

The patch was created for a different release version than the one running on your device/emulator.

Patches are only compatible with the release version they were created for. If you create a patch for version 1.0.0+1, it will not work on version 1.0.0+2.

How to tell if this is the problem

You will see Shorebird updater: no active patch in your device logs.

How to fix it

Ensure that the version of your app on your device/emulator matches the version of the patch you created. You can see what release version your app is running by looking in the device logs for:

Sending patch check request: PatchCheckRequest {
app_id: "<your app id>",
channel: "stable",
release_version: "1.0.3+16", <-- this is the release version
patch_number: <some patch number>,
platform: "android",
arch: "aarch64"

Only patches created for this release version will be compatible with your app.

The build uploaded to the Play Store/App Store is not the build Shorebird is using for patches.

If you uploaded an .aab or .xcarchive created using shorebird build or shorebird patch, it will not be patchable. You must upload the build created by shorebird release.

How to tell if this is the problem

You see Update rejected: hash mismatch in your device logs. Note: this is not the only thing that can cause a hash mismatch error.

How to fix it.

Unfortunately, you will need to create a new release using shorebird release.

The app you’re running on your device/emulator was not built using one of the shorebird release commands.

How to tell if this is the problem

If you are running your app using shorebird preview, this is not the problem.

If you have installed the app on your device/emulator a different way, check your device logs for output from Shorebird. If you don’t see anything like Starting Shorebird update or Sending patch check request, you are not running a Shorebird-built app.

To check your Android device logs, run adb logcat in your terminal. You can filter the output to only show Flutter logs by running adb logcat | grep flutter.

How to fix it

Use shorebird preview.

I installed Shorebird, and now I can’t run my app in VS Code

If you see error output like the following when using the Run or Debug button in VS Code:

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.
* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':app:checkDebugAarMetadata'.
> Could not resolve all files for configuration ':app:debugRuntimeClasspath'.
> Could not find io.flutter:arm64_v8a_debug:1.0.0-4a5e8142f3e7368a48e4f6151cb7b1a684d6dd83.
Searched in the following locations:

It’s possible that VS Code is incorrectly using Shorebird’s version of Flutter instead of the Flutter on your path (see You can fix this by explicitly providing VS Code with the path to your Flutter installation. In your settings.json file, add the line:

"dart.flutterSdkPath": "/path/to/flutter"

Where “/path/to/flutter” is the path to your Flutter installation. You can get this by running which flutter in your terminal (or where.exe flutter on Windows) and removing the /bin/flutter from the end of that path.

Could not find an option named “dart define” when using the -- separator

Powershell handles the -- separator differently than other shells (see this StackOverflow answer for more info). To work around this, you can quote the -- separator. For example:

Terminal window
shorebird release android '--' --dart-define=foo=bar

Shorebird fails to install

There are a number of reasons this might happen. Common causes are:

I see a message saying that git stat failed because a file was too long

This can happen on Windows due to Windows’ limit of 260 characters for a filename.

You can fix this by running:

Terminal window
git config --system core.longpaths true

You may need to run this as an administrator, and you will need to restart your terminal after running this command.

My iOS build number increments when I try to make a release or patch

This is likely because you are providing an export options .plist file that sets manageAppVersionAndBuildNumber to true. This is incompatible with Shorebird because Shorebird requires that you maintain control over your app’s version and build numbers in order to target patches at specific releases. You can fix this problem by either setting manageAppVersionAndBuildNumber to false or removing the value from your export options .plist file.

I see a The release artifact contains asset changes warning when running shorebird release (#asset-changes)

The shorebird patch command will print a warning if it detects changes to files in your compiled app that correspond to asset changes (e.g. added or removed images, fonts, etc.). This does not always mean that your patch will not work, but shorebird cannot be sure that the changes are safe.

Shorebird does not (yet) have the ability to patch assets but intends to add such in the future, at which time this warning may go away.

An example of this warning:

✓ Verifying patch can be applied to release (4.0s)
[WARN] The release artifact contains asset changes, which will not be included in the patch.
Added files:
Changed files:
Continue anyways? (y/N)

So what does this mean? In this case, it means I added a new image to my app. The warning is because my patched Dart code could depend on those new assets which will not be present when the patch is applied in the wild. It can be safe to ignore this kind of warning if you’re removing an asset that is not used by your code, or your Dart code knows how to handle the asset being missing.

Also included in the above changes are the AssetManifest files. These files change any time you add or remove an asset from your app, and are generally a symptom rather than the cause of the warning.

The final file changed above is the MaterialIcons-Regular.otf font file, which can happen if your app uses more or fewer icons from the Dart code. Flutter will automatically “tree shake” your fonts, so if you don’t use an icon in your Dart code, it will not be included in the final app. You can disable this behavior with --no-tree-shake-icons at the risk of increasing your app size. This type of warning will also go away once we add [](asset patching).

A type of change not shown above is one which changes .dex files on Android or the directory on iOS. These changes represent changes to the native code of your app, and are not patchable by Shorebird. If you see this warning, you should be very careful about publishing your patch, as it may cause your app to crash when the Dart code tries to call into native code which operates differently than expected. See

the next section.

What happens if I ignore this warning?

The consequences of ignoring this warning depend on the changes that were made. In the tree-shaking example above, if you ignore the warning, your app will render incorrectly if you use an icon that was not included in the release build. Any assets introduced in a patch will fail to load and your app may crash if it depends on them.

If you are not sure whether your change is safe, you can stage your patch and test locally before deploying it to users.

I see a The release artifact contains native changes warning when running shorebird patch, even though I haven’t changed Swift/Objective-C/Kotlin/Java code

The shorebird patch command will print a warning if it detects changes to files in your compiled app that correspond to native code changes (.dex files on Android, files in the directory on iOS). This does not always mean that your patch will not work, but because shorebird cannot be sure that the changes are safe, and because shorebird can’t patch non-Dart code, it prints a warning.

This can be caused by a number of things. The most common causes are:

  1. A dependency/plugin you are using has changed its native code. You should use caution when publishing patches that include changes to native code from plugins. In the worst case, these changes may cause your patched app to crash.
  2. A dependency/plugin produces a different output on every build. This can happen if the dependency it includes a timestamp indicating when it was built, for example. This kind of change is usually safe to publish, but you should be sure this is the only reason you are seeing this warning.
  3. (iOS only) The release was built with a different version of Xcode than the patch. This can be fixed by ensuring that you are using the same version of Xcode to build the release and the patch. If you’ve upgraded to a newer version of Xcode since building the release, you can download older versions of Xcode from Apple’s developer downloads page.
  4. (iOS only) You are building with an old version of Xcode. Specifically, we’ve seen this warning when building with Xcode 14.1. If you are using a version of Xcode that is not the latest, try upgrading to the latest version.

What happens if I ignore this warning?

If the changes are to native code that interacts with your Flutter app or with Flutter itself, your app will crash. If the native code that changed does not interact with your Dart code or Flutter at all, the patch should run without issue.

If you are not sure whether your change is safe, you can stage your patch and test locally before deploying it to users.

”Invalid Podfile file: cannot load such file” when running pod install

You might see this error message if the FLUTTER_ROOT definition in your project’s ios/Flutter/Generated.xcconfig points to a Shorebird Flutter installation. This can be fixed by running any of:

  1. flutter clean, or
  2. flutter build ios in your project’s root directory, or
  3. flutter run in your project’s root directory and targeting an iOS simulator/device.

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