Architectural Design Records Utility

Pub Version

Utility for maintaining consistent Architectural Design Records (ADRs) for Dart/Flutter projects.


Developing more complex applications, either by complexity or simply by number of lines in codebase, the ideas from the start of the project easily vanish from developers minds. Not to mention when new folks come to the project, they have no idea why and how something is implemented. Usually, the main architect has an overview over the whole application, but this is not necessarily the case. Also, in start-ups, such roles are often implicitely defined and decisions are taken in a larger group of people. This can easily lead to some crucial architectural or technological decision made in the past to vain in memory, be forgotton, or even become misinterpreted as the time goes by.

With this being said, each project needs a way of collecting this decisions in an organized and condensed manner. This is the point where this project comes to the rescue, big times.


This application can be installed and used in two different ways. We shall describe both of them in the coming subsections.

Global installation

The package can be installed globaly simply by executing

pub global activate adr

Then, from any directory on your machine, run


Per-application installation

Require the package in your application's pubspec.yaml file in dev_dependencies like

  adr: ^1.0.1

Then, in the root of your project, run

pub run adr


Command adr is always meant to be run with exactly one flag. Running adr with no flags, will print help to the console, listing all available flags.

Available flags are:

Flag Description
-c Print number of ADRs currently present in configured directory.
-g Generate adr.yaml config file with defaults.
-i Create index file "".
-n Start creation of new ADR.


ADR can be configured using adr.yaml file in the directory of execution. If you are running the adr command in a project directory (same level as your pubspec.yaml file), then the adr.yaml should be placed at the same level as the pubspec.yaml.

Example adr.yaml looks like this.

output_dir: docs/adr
  status: true
  deciders: true
  date: true
  tech_story: false
  context: true
  decision_drivers: false
  considered_options: true
  decision_outcome: true
  pros: false
  cons: false
  pros_cons_opts: false
  links: false

Field output_dir specifies the directory path where the ADRs should be generated to, or are already there. The required_fields section specifies whether some fields are required or not. If omitting a field or adr.yaml at all, the defaults are used (values in the example above are defaults).

The structure of generated ADRs is the same as the official MADR specification, except you can configure required fields to your own personal preference.