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SdkboxAds Integration Guide

For the C++ version of cocos2d-x v3.x - (all other versions)



Open a terminal and use the following command to install the SDKBOX SdkboxAds plugin. Make sure you setup the SDKBOX installer correctly.

$ sdkbox import sdkboxadsplus

JSON Configuration

SDKBOX Installer will automatically create a sample configuration sdkbox_config.json for you

Here is an example of the SdkboxAds configuration:

    "SdkboxAds": {
        "units": [
        "placements": [
                "id" : "placement-1",
                "strategy" : "round-robin",
                "units" : [
                      "unit": "AdColony",
                      "name": "video"
                      "unit": "Chartboost",
                      "name": "Default"
                "id" : "placement-2",
                "strategy" : "round-robin",
                "units" : [
                      "unit": "Vungle",
                      "name": "reward"
                      "unit": "AdColony",
                      "name": "v4vc"
                      "unit": "Chartboost",
                      "name": "Next Level"


Initialize SdkboxAds

Initialize the plugin in your code. We recommend to do it in the AppDelegate::applicationDidFinishLaunching() or AppController:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions(). Make sure to include the appropriate headers:

#include "PluginSdkboxAds/PluginSdkboxAds.h"

Using SdkboxAds


SdkboxAds is an ad mediation service. It manages a set of predefined AdUnits at runtime. The configuration includes two parts: AdUnits, and Placements.

Please read the (SdkboxAds Configuration Overview) for more details.


A call to sdkbox::SdkboxAds::init() will load and instantiate all referenced AdUnits in the configuration file.

To request a default Ad for the default AdUnit and have a fast integration test:


To request Ads in the Default AdUnit:

sdkbox::PluginSdkboxAds::playAd( const std::string& zone_place_location );
sdkbox::PluginSdkboxAds::playAd( const std::string& zone_place_location, const AdUnitParams& params );

// AdUnitParams is a typedef for std::map<std::string,std::string>

Note: the params are defined per AdUnit, and should be checked in each AdUnit's documentation.

To request Ads for an specific AdUnit:

        const std::string& ad_unit_name, 
        const std::string& zone_place_location );

        const std::string& ad_unit_name, 
        const std::string& zone_place_location, 
        const AdUnitParams& params );

To request ads for a placement defined in the sdkbox_config.json file:

sdkbox::PluginSdkboxAds::placement( const str::string& placement );

To have fine grained cache control (for AdUnits that expose it):

        const std::string& ad_unit, 
        const std::map<std::string, std::string>& cacheOpts );

Cache options are AdUnit specific and must be checked in each AdUnit's documentation.

SdkboxAds events

This allows you to catch SdkboxAds' events.

#include "PluginSdkboxAds/PluginSdkboxAds.h"
class MyClass : public sdkbox::SdkboxAdsListener
    void onAdAction( 
            const std::string& ad_unit_id, 
            const std::string& zone_location_place_you_name_it, 
            sdkbox::AdActionType action_type);

    void onRewardAction( 
            const std::string& ad_unit_id, 
            const std::string& zone_id, 
            float reward_amount, 
            bool reward_succeed);


sdkbox::AdActionType is an enum with these values:

    enum AdActionType {

        LOADED=0,               // content loaded
        LOAD_FAILED,            // content failed to load

        CLICKED,                // clicked on content

        REWARD_STARTED,     // reward started
        REWARD_ENDED,           // reward achieved
        REWARD_CANCELED,        // reward aborted

        AD_STARTED,             // start showing.
        AD_CANCELED,            // start showing.
        AD_ENDED,               // content shown

        ADACTIONTYPE_UNKNOWN    // mostly on error situations.


sdkbox::PluginSdkboxAds::setListener( new MyClass() );

API Reference


static void init ( ) ;

Initialize the plugin instance. The plugin initializes from the sdkbox_config.json file and reads configuration of the form:

   "SdkboxAds": {
       "units": [ "AdColony", "Fyber" ],
       "placements": [ {} ]
The "units" array references other plugins' configuration. Sdkboxads mediates between other plugins
and/or simplifies interaction with them.
The "placements" block will be of the form:
         "id": string, // placement's id
         "strategy" : "round-robin", // only value by now.
         "units": [
and each UnitDefinition as:
         "Unit": string, // result_of_AdUnit.getId(),
         "name": string, // a zone, place, or location name from AdUnit's plugin config,
         "params": json_object
For a sample Sdkboxads config, check the example at Sdkbox github public repository.
The "params" configuration block will allow to pass in specific information to play ads
like location, position, etc.
Check each AdUnit's documentation to find specifics on its configuration.
static void setListener ( sdkbox::PluginSdkboxAdsListener * listener ) ;

Set Sdkboxads' plugin listener. This listener will expose for each registered AdUnits, events related to Ads and Rewards. In SdkboxAds, an Ad refers generally to VIDEO, INTERSTITIAL and BANNER. Note that some ad units may have only Ads.

static PluginSdkboxAdsListener * getListener ( ) ;

Retrieve plugin's listener.

static void playAd ( const std::string & ad_unit ,
                     const std::string & zone_place_location ,
                     const AdUnitParams & params ) ;

Play an Ad identified by its zone/location/place with optional parameters. AdUnits like Fyber which don't have zones, will use common placeholders like "INTERSTITIAL" or "REWARDED". Some AdUnits may require extra information to play an Ad, and should use the params for that purpose. You should refer to the documentation of each specific AdUnit about what parameters will accept.

The ad will be played for a specific AdUnit based on its identifier. The identifiers are the
values in the "units" node of the sdkbox_config.json file.
For example: "AdColony" or "Fyber".
static void playAd ( const std::string & ad_unit ,
                     const std::string & zone_place_location ) ;
static void playAd ( const std::string & , const AdUnitParams & params ) ;

Like the 3 parameter playAd method, this one plays an Ad for the default AdUnit. Currently the default AdUnit is the first defined one in the sdkbox_config.json file.

static void playAd ( const std::string & ) ;
static void playAd ( ) ;

Play a default Ad with the default AdUnit. Each AdUnit knows how to play an Ad by default. For example, AdColony will play the first video zone, or the first Reward if there's no one.

static void placement ( const std::string & placement ) ;

A placement is a collection of mediated AdUnits. When you want to invoke a placement, just call this method. If the placement does not exist, the call will just be ignored. A placement will take care of AdUnit’s cache control, so if the current AdUnit has no cached content, or the AdUnit fails to load an ad, the next adUnit will be used.

The placement will cycle throughout all the AdUnits it references, in a round robin fashion.
In the short term, new placement strategies will be added.
static void cacheControl ( const std::string & ad_unit ,
                           const std::map <std::string ,
                           std::string> & cacheOpts ) ;

Manage cache control policies. Not all AdUnits expose cache control while some others expose fine-grained cache control. For example Chartboost offers specific cache control for each location, as well as general Ads cache control.

This method interfaces with the AdUnit’s cache mechanism. If no cache control is exposed
for a given AdUnit, the call will silently be ignored.
Each AdUnit will document what valid values to pass to the cacheOpts parameter.
E.g. for Chartboost, these are valid values:
cacheOpts for Chartboost:
     element : bool
         Element corresponds to an identifiable CBLocation (ChartBoost)
         "Default": true, // a configuration location
         "Level Complete": true, // a configuration location
         "ADS": true // a general placeholder chartboost specific
static void cache ( const std::string & ad_unit ,
                    const std::string & ad_name ) ;

Cache AdUnits' ad Example: sdkbox::PluginSdkboxAds::cache("AdMob", "reward")

static bool isAvailable ( const std::string & placement ) ;

check if placement available

static void hide ( const std::string & placement ) ;

hide placement

static void hideAd ( const std::string & ad_unit ,
                     const std::string & zone_place_location ) ;


Manual Integration

If the SDKBOX Installer fails to complete successfully, it is possible to integrate SDKBOX manually. If the installer complete successfully, please do not complete anymore of this document. It is not necessary.

These steps are listed last in this document on purpose as they are seldom needed. If you find yourself using these steps, please, after completing, double back and re-read the steps above for other integration items.

Manual Integration For iOS

Drag and drop the following frameworks from the plugins/ios folder of the SdkboxAds bundle into your Xcode project, check Copy items if needed when adding frameworks:



The above frameworks depend upon a large number of other frameworks. You also need to add the following system frameworks, if you don't already have them:



Also, all frameworks needed by each AdUnit you will be adding to SdkboxAds.

Manual Integration For Android

SDKBOX supports three different kinds of Android projects command-line, eclipse and Android Studio.

Copy Files

Copy the following jar files from plugin/android/libs folder of this bundle into your project's /libs folder.



Copy the sdkboxads_lib directories from plugin/android/libs to your <project_root>/libs/ directory.

Copy jni libs

Copy and overwrite all the folders from plugin/android/jni to your <project_root>/jni/ directory.

Edit AndroidManifest.xml

Include the following permissions above the application tag:

  <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

Edit Android.mk

Edit <project_root>/jni/Android.mk to:

Add additional requirements to LOCAL_WHOLE_STATIC_LIBRARIES:


Add a call to:

$(call import-add-path,$(LOCAL_PATH))

before any import-module statements.

Add additional import-module statements at the end:

$(call import-module, ./sdkbox)
$(call import-module, ./pluginsdkboxads)

This means that your ordering should look similar to this:

$(call import-add-path,$(LOCAL_PATH))
$(call import-module, ./sdkbox)
$(call import-module, ./pluginsdkboxads)

Note: It is important to make sure these statements are above the existing $(call import-module,./prebuilt-mk) statement, if you are using the pre-built libraries.

Modify Application.mk (Cocos2d-x v3.0 to v3.2 only)

Edit <project_root>/jni/Application.mk to make sure APP_STL is defined correctly. If Application.mk contains APP_STL := c++_static, it should be changed to:

APP_STL := gnustl_static


For each AdUnit, you have to add:


All AdUnit's JNI library contents.


All changes needed by each AdUnit's plugin.


Jar files necessary for included AdUnits. Basically all jar files present in the Plugin's lib folder.

LOCAL_WHOLE_STATIC_LIBRARIES the module references for each of them, e.g.:


Android.mk import-module:

$(call import-module, ./pluginadcolony)
$(call import-module, ./pluginvungle)

Modify AppActivity.java

Plugin >=

  1. Find the AppActivity.java
find . -name "AppActivity.java"
  1. Replace extends Cocos2dxActivity with extends com.sdkbox.plugin.SDKBoxActivity

Example of the directory where the AppActivity.java file is located:

  - proj.android/src/org/cocos2dx/cpp/AppActivity.java
  - proj.android-studio/app/src/org/cocos2dx/cpp/AppActivity.java
  - proj.android/app/src/org/cocos2dx/cpp/AppActivity.java ( from cocos2d-x 3.17)

  - frameworks/runtime-src/proj.android/src/org/cocos2dx/lua/AppActivity.java
  - frameworks/runtime-src/proj.android-studio/app/src/org/cocos2dx/lua/AppActivity.java
  - frameworks/runtime-src/proj.android/app/src/org/cocos2dx/lua/AppActivity.java (from cocos2d-x 3.17)

  - frameworks/runtime-src/proj.android/src/org/cocos2dx/javascript/AppActivity.java
  - frameworks/runtime-src/proj.android/app/src/org/cocos2dx/javascript/AppActivity.java ( from cocos2d-x 3.17)

Plugin <

Note: When using Cocos2d-x from source, different versions have Cocos2dxActivity.java in a different location. One way to find the location is to look in proj.android/project.properties. Example: android.library.reference.1=../../cocos2d-x/cocos/platform/android/java

In this case, Cocos2dxActivity.java should be located at:

import android.content.Intent;
import com.sdkbox.plugin.SDKBox;
    protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
          if(!SDKBox.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data)) {
            super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);
    protected void onStart() {
    protected void onStop() {
    protected void onResume() {
    protected void onPause() {
    public void onBackPressed() {
          if(!SDKBox.onBackPressed()) {

Proguard (optional)


Note: Proguard only works with Release builds (i.e cocos run -m release) debug builds do not invoke Proguard rules.