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Java Getting Started

This tutorial aims to help you get up and running with PlayFab JavaSDK and simple Java program. The goals we persue in this tutorial:

  • Acquire necessary JAR files
  • Add JAR files to the classpath
  • Create minimal Java console application that executes Custom ID Login API Call

Acquire necessary JAR files

In order to utilize PlayFab JavaSDK we will need PlayFab Client JavaSDK and it's dependency Google GSON.

You may download PlayFab Client JavaSDK JAR library here. Look for client-sdk-*.jar and the corresponding Java Doc [Optional but useful].

You may download latest Google GSON here. Look for gson-*.jar

Project Setup with Intellij Idea

Once you have initialized simple Intellij Idea Java Project, make sure to place necessary JAR files as shown on the picture:

The next step is adding JAR files to the classpath. Navigate to File -> Project Structure... as shown on the picture:

Navigate to Libraries and add new Java library as shown on the picture:

Select the JAR files you have added to the libs folder, then click OK as shown on the picture:

If asked for the Module, select the first one in the list. Ensure that all the JAR files were added to the libraries list: 

Project Setup with any IDE

The main requirement is to have JAR files added to the classpath. Please, consult with the guide for your IDE on how to add jar files to classpath.

Set up your first API call

Use the following code as your main class code:

import java.util.concurrent.*;
import java.util.*;

import com.playfab.PlayFabErrors.*;
import com.playfab.PlayFabSettings;
import com.playfab.PlayFabClientModels;
import com.playfab.PlayFabClientAPI;

public class Main
    private static boolean _running = true;

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        PlayFabSettings.TitleId = "144";

        PlayFabClientModels.LoginWithCustomIDRequest request = new PlayFabClientModels.LoginWithCustomIDRequest();
        request.CustomId = "GettingStartedGuide";
        request.CreateAccount = true;

        FutureTask<PlayFabResult<com.playfab.PlayFabClientModels.LoginResult>> loginTask = PlayFabClientAPI.LoginWithCustomIDAsync(request);;

        while (_running) {
            if (loginTask.isDone()) { // You would probably want a more sophisticated way of tracking pending async API calls in a real game

            // Presumably this would be your main game loop, doing other things
            try {
            } catch(Exception e) {
                System.out.println("Critical error in the example main loop: " + e);

    private static void OnLoginComplete(FutureTask<PlayFabResult<com.playfab.PlayFabClientModels.LoginResult>> loginTask) {
        PlayFabResult<com.playfab.PlayFabClientModels.LoginResult> result = null;
        try {
            result = loginTask.get(); // Wait for the result from the async call
        } catch(Exception e) {
            System.out.println("Exception in PlayFab api call: " + e); // Did you assign your PlayFabSettings.TitleId correctly?

        if (result != null && result.Result != null) {
            System.out.println("Congratulations, you made your first successful API call!");
        } else if (result != null && result.Error != null) {
            System.out.println("Something went wrong with your first API call.");
            System.out.println("Here's some debug information:");

        _running = false; // Because this is just an example, successful login triggers the end of the program

    // This is a utility function we haven't put into the core SDK yet.  Feel free to use it.
    private static <RT> String CompileErrorsFromResult(PlayFabResult<RT> result) {
        if (result == null || result.Error == null)
            return null;

        String errorMessage = "";
        if (result.Error.errorMessage != null)
            errorMessage += result.Error.errorMessage;
        if (result.Error.errorDetails != null)
            for (Map.Entry<String, List<String>> pair : result.Error.errorDetails.entrySet() )
                for (String msg : pair.getValue())
                    errorMessage += "\n" + pair.getKey() + ": " + msg;
        return errorMessage;

Finish and Execute

To run the application, hit the play button in the top right corner (1). This will start program execution, and output panel will pop up. Locate the debug message (2). This indicates that API call was succesful. At this point, you can start making other api calls, and building your game. For a list of all available client API calls, see our documentation:

Deconstruct the code

This optional last section describes every line in in detail.

  • imports
    • This is the minimal set of imports used to make PlayFab API calls
  • public static void main(String[] args) {
    • Just a basic loop that kicks off an API call, and waits for it to complete
    • PlayFabSettings.TitleId = "xxxx";
      • Every PlayFab developer creates a title in Game Manager. When you publish your game, you must code that titleId into your game. This lets the client know how to access the correct data within PlayFab. For most users, just consider it a mandatory step that makes PlayFab work.
    • PlayFabClientModels.LoginWithCustomIDRequest request = new PlayFabClientModels.LoginWithCustomIDRequest();
      • Most PlayFab API methods require input parameters, and those input parameters are packed into a request object
      • Every API method requires a unique request object, with a mix of optional and mandatory parameters
        • For LoginWithCustomIDRequest, there is a mandatory parameter of CustomId, which uniquely identifies a player and CreateAccount, which allows the creation of a new account with this call.
      • For login, most developers will want to use a more appropriate login method
        • See the PlayFab Login Documentation for a list of all login methods, and input parameters. Common choices are:
          • LoginWithAndroidDeviceID
          • LoginWithIOSDeviceID
          • LoginWithEmailAddress
    • FutureTask<PlayFabResult<com.playfab.PlayFabClientModels.LoginResult>> loginTask = PlayFabClientAPI.LoginWithCustomIDAsync(request);
      • This begins the async request to "LoginWithCustomID", using the Java FutureTask framework
    • while (running) { if (loginTask.isDone()) { OnLoginComplete(loginTask); } }
      • Run a trivial main loop and asynchronously wait for the loginTask to complete
      • When finished call OnLoginComplete
  • OnLoginComplete(loginTask)
    • result = loginTask.get();
      • Fetch the async result (this won't cause a block, because we confirmed the FutureTask is already complete
    • if (result.Result != null), the API call is successful
      • When successful, result.Result object of many API callbacks will contain the requested information
      • LoginResult specifically contains some basic information about the player, but for most users, login is simply a mandatory step before calling other APIs.
    • if (result.Error != null), the API call has failed
      • API calls can fail for many reasons, and you should always attempt to handle failure
      • Why API calls fail (In order of likelihood)
        • PlayFabSettings.TitleId is not set. If you forget to set titleId to your title, then nothing will work.
        • Request parameters. If you have not provided the correct or required information for a particular API call, then it will fail. See error.errorMessage, error.errorDetails, or error.GenerateErrorReport() for more info.
        • Device connectivity issue. Cell-phones lose/regain connectivity constantly, and so any API call at any time can fail randomly, and then work immediately after. Going into a tunnel can disconnect you completely.
        • PlayFab server issue. As with all software, there can be issues. See our release notes for updates.
        • The internet is not 100% reliable. Sometimes the message is corrupted or fails to reach the PlayFab server.
      • If you are having difficulty debugging an issue, and the information within the error callback is not sufficient, please visit us on our forums

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