Type Function
Library native.*
Return value Object
Revision 2017.3111
Keywords alert, native alert, alert popup
See also native.cancelAlert()


Displays a popup alert box with one or more buttons, using a native alert control. Program activity, including animation, will continue in the background, but all other user interactivity will be blocked until the user selects a button or cancels the dialog.



native.showAlert( title, message [, buttonLabels [, listener] ] )
title (required)

String. The title string displayed in the alert.

message (required)

String. Message string displayed in the alert text.

buttonLabels (optional)

Table. Table of strings, each of which will create a button with the corresponding label. Include at least one buttonLabel or the dialog will not have any buttons. The maximum number of buttons in an alert box is five. The most common format is one or two buttons, for example "OK" and "Cancel".

listener (optional)

Listener. The listener function to be called when a user presses any button in the alert box. It can assign an action to each button according to its numerical index: the first button is index 1, the second is index 2, and so on. The listener can be either a function listener or a table listener and the event dispatched to the listener will have the following additional properties:

  • event.action represents how the alert was dismissed: "cancelled" indicates that native.cancelAlert() was called to close the alert, while "clicked" indicates that the user clicked on a button to close the alert.
  • event.index is the index of the button pressed. It corresponds to the index in the buttonLabels parameter.


-- Handler that gets notified when the alert closes
local function onComplete( event )
    if ( event.action == "clicked" ) then
        local i = event.index
        if ( i == 1 ) then
            -- Do nothing; dialog will simply dismiss
        elseif ( i == 2 ) then
            -- Open URL if "Learn More" (second button) was clicked
            system.openURL( "" )
-- Show alert with two buttons
local alert = native.showAlert( "Corona", "Dream. Build. Ship.", { "OK", "Learn More" }, onComplete )