Flutter Sane Lints

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A custom lint plugin to try and improve maintainability in Flutter projects by disallowing certain anti-patterns. At the moment, the only dart lint rule in this plugin is to avoid declaring ad-hoc strings inside Widget/State classes, or passing a literal to a Widget constructor.

Every String used for presentation (such as in a Text widget) should be defined in a l10n file. See Flutter Internationalization Tutorial.

Every String used for logic (such as in a switch statement) should be defined as an Enum or in any other way that makes sense for the use case while following good OO design. Using strings is a clear sign of primitive obsession and should be avoided.

Created with the Very Good CLI 💙

Installation 💻

❗ In order to start using Flutter Sane Lints you must have the Flutter SDK installed on your machine.

Add flutter_sane_lints and custom_lint to your pubspec.yaml:


Install it:

flutter pub get

Usage 🚀

Add the custom_lint package to your analysis_options.yaml:

    - custom_lint

Available rules

At the moment this plugin contains only 2 rules:

  1. avoid_string_literals_inside_widget

This rule is equivalent to the Android's hard-coded string literals lint.

  1. avoid_if_with_enum

This rule is made to be used alongside the existing exhaustive_cases rule, as part of the default rules.

The existing Dart rule ensures you cover all enum cases in your switch statement, which is great for future-proofing your app. However, it does not raise a warning if you are using an if statement with your enum. This is bad, because using if with enum is the same as using a switch with default:

if (myValue == MyEnum.firstOption) {

is the same as

switch (myValue) {
  case MyEnum.firstOption:
    // this default case violates exhaustive_cases

Therefore, using if statements with enum values violate Dart's rule of performing exhaustive switch.

Future work

More rules will be added in the future, but in the meantime, I am open to requests. Please go to the issues page and request for further features.


An analyzer plugin made with the custom_lint api.