To see our APIs in action, visit the clover-android-sdk-examples directory in the Clover Android SDK repository. The examples use the Clover APIs to connect to Services, query Clover ContentProviders, and fetch data directly from the Clover REST API.

Querying inventory

In InventoryListActivity, the Clover Inventory ContentProvider is queried to display a merchant’s inventory items. The merchant’s Currency is also retrieved in order to format prices correctly.

1. First, get the merchant’s CloverAccount:

private Account mAccount;
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
  mAccount = CloverAccount.getAccount(this);

2. Then, get the merchant’s Currency by using MerchantConnector to get the Merchant:

mMerchantConnector = new MerchantConnector(this, mAccount, null);
mMerchantConnector.getMerchant(new ServiceConnector.Callback<Merchant>() {
  public void onServiceSuccess(Merchant result, ResultStatus status) {
    // set the Currency
    // now start the Loader to query Inventory
    getLoaderManager().initLoader(ITEM_LOADER_ID, null, InventoryListActivity.this);
  public void onServiceFailure(ResultStatus status) {
  public void onServiceConnectionFailure() {


3. Use a CursorLoader to query the ContentProvider:

getLoaderManager().initLoader(ITEM_LOADER_ID, null, InventoryListActivity.this);


4. In onCreateLoader, return the CursorLoader:

return new CursorLoader(this, InventoryContract.Item.contentUriWithAccount(mAccount), null, null, null, InventoryContract.Item.PRICE);


5. Once the query is complete, retrieve the inventory item’s data from the cursor and display using a SimpleCursorAdapter. Set a ViewBinder to format the price into a String using the merchant’s Currency.

adapter.setViewBinder(new SimpleCursorAdapter.ViewBinder() {
      public boolean setViewValue(View view, Cursor cursor, int columnIndex) {
        if (view.getId() == {
          TextView priceTextView = (TextView) view;
          String price = "";
          PriceType priceType = PriceType.values()[cursor.getInt(cursor.getColumnIndex(InventoryContract.Item.PRICE_TYPE))];
          String priceString = cursor.getString(cursor.getColumnIndex(InventoryContract.Item.PRICE));
          long value = Long.valueOf(priceString);
          if (priceType == PriceType.FIXED) {
            price = sCurrencyFormat.format(value / 100.0);
          } else if (priceType == PriceType.VARIABLE) {
            price = "Variable";
          } else if (priceType == PriceType.PER_UNIT) {
            price = sCurrencyFormat.format(value / 100.0) + "/" + cursor.getString(cursor.getColumnIndex(InventoryContract.Item.UNIT_NAME));
          return true;
        return false;

Building an Order

Clover developers can use the OrderConnector to create Orders, then associate them with relevant LineItems, Discounts, Modifiers, and other related objects.

1. Get the merchant’s CloverAccount:

private Account mAccount;
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
  mAccount = CloverAccount.getAccount(this);


2. Use the OrderConnector and InventoryConnector to establish persistent connections:

if (mAccount != null) {
  orderConnector = new OrderConnector(this, mAccount, null);
  inventoryConnector = new InventoryConnector(this, mAccount, null);


NOTE:  Once your connections are in place, the work of interacting with merchant data (steps 4-8) should be completed on an asynchronous thread. 

4. Use the orderConnector to create a new Order:

mOrder = orderConnector.createOrder(new Order());


5. Use the inventoryConnector to get an Item, and then use the Item to add a LineItem to the Order. Note that there are separate methods for adding fixed-price, per-unit, and variable-price Items.

merchantItems = inventoryConnector.getItems();

mItem = merchantItems.get(itemId);

if (mItem.getPriceType() == PriceType.FIXED) {
    mLineItem = orderConnector.addFixedPriceLineItem(mOrder.getId(), mItem.getId(), null, null);
} else if (mItem.getPriceType() == PriceType.PER_UNIT) {
    mLineItem = orderConnector.addPerUnitLineItem(mOrder.getId(), mItem.getId(), 1, null, null);
} else { // The item must be of a VARIABLE PriceType
    mLineItem = orderConnector.addVariablePriceLineItem(mOrder.getId(), mItem.getId(), 5, null, null);


6. Discounts can be created separately:

//Percentage discount
final com.clover.sdk.v3.order.Discount discount1 = new Discount();
discount1.setName("Example 10% Discount");

//Static discount
final Discount discount2 = new Discount();
discount2.setName("Example 1 base unit of currency Discount");


7. Once created, a Discount can be applied to an Order or individual lineItem:

//Apply first discount to whole order
orderConnector.addDiscount(mOrder.getId(), discount1);

//Apply second discount only to the first line item
orderConnector.addLineItemDiscount(mOrder.getId(), mLineItem.getId(), discount2);


8. Use the inventoryConnector to retrieve ModifierGroups and their Modifiers, then apply Modifiers to the relevant lineItems:

List<ModifierGroup> modifierGroups = inventoryConnector.getModifierGroupsForItem(mItem.getId());

//Check if any modifier is available to the item
if (modifierGroups.size() > 0){
    List<Modifier> modifiers = modifierGroups.get(0).getModifiers();
    if (modifiers.size() > 0){
        //If so, apply the first modifier to the line item
        orderConnector.addLineItemModification(mOrder.getId(), mLineItem.getId(), modifiers.get(0));


9. Once your asynchronous task has finished, disconnect from unneeded connectors:

if (orderConnector != null) {
    orderConnector = null;
if (inventoryConnector != null) {
    inventoryConnector = null;

Querying Web Service

WebServiceActivity shows how the Clover REST API can be queried directly once the Clover Account and authToken are retrieved.

1. Get a Clover Account:

private Account mAccount;
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
  mAccount = CloverAccount.getAccount(this);


2. Get your app’s authToken using the CloverAuth.authenticate call in a background thread:

CloverAuth.AuthResult authResult = CloverAuth.authenticate(WebServiceActivity.this, mAccount);


3. If successful, the AuthResult will contain the authToken and baseUrl.

Query the REST API to get the merchantId and the get inventory items using the included CustomHttpClient:

CustomHttpClient httpClient = CustomHttpClient.getHttpClient();
// first we get the merchant id
String getNameUri = "/v2/merchant/name";
String url = authResult.baseUrl + getNameUri + "?access_token=" + authResult.authToken;
String result = httpClient.get(url);
JSONTokener jsonTokener = new JSONTokener(result);
JSONObject root = (JSONObject) jsonTokener.nextValue();
String merchantId = root.getString("merchantId");
// now we get inventory items using the merchant id
String inventoryUri = "/v2/merchant/" + merchantId + "/inventory/items";
url = authResult.baseUrl + inventoryUri + "?access_token=" + authResult.authToken;
result = httpClient.get(url);

You can find more examples in Clover’s Android Examples Repository on GitHub.