A simple command-line application to help you easily bundle your flutter app build into a debian package ready for production.

Overview of our debian packaging 📦

This plugin is a tool that builds debian package based on the instructions listed in a debian.yaml file. To get a basic understanding and its core concepts, take a look at the debian documentation. Additional links and information are listed at the bottom of this page.

Flutter debian.yaml example

Place the YMAL file in your Flutter project under <project root>/debian/debian.yaml. (And remember the YMAL files are sensitive to white space!) For example:

flutter_app: 
  command: mega_cool_app
  arch: x64

control:
  Package: Mega Cool App
  Version: 1.0.0
  Architecture: amd64
  Essential: no
  Priority: optional
  Depends:
  Maintainer:
  Description: Mega Cool App that does everything!

The following sections explain the various pieces of the YAML file.

Flutter app

This section of the debain.yaml file defines the application that will be packaged into a debian.

flutter_app: 
  command: mega_cool_app
  arch: x64

Command

Points to the binary at your project's linux release bundle, and runs when debian package is invoked.

arch

the build architecture of your app.

Control

This is what describes to the apt package manager or what ever piece of software you are using to install your app what it's all about.

Depends

List the libraries your project depends on and they will be installed by the apt package manager before your app in installed on the system. For example:
the pub.dev package flutter_secure_storage linux version depends on

libsecret-1-0 and libjsoncpp1

NB: more than one Depends are separated by " , " .

Desktop file and icon 🖥️

Desktop entry files are used to add an application to the desktop menu. These files specify the name and icon of your application, the categories it belongs to, related search keywords and more. These files have the extension .desktop and follow the XDG Desktop Entry Specification.

Flutter mega-cool-app.desktop example

Place the .desktop file in your Flutter project under <project root>/debian/gui/mega-cool-app.desktop.

Notice: icon and .desktop file name must be the same as your app name in yaml file!

For example:

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Name=Mega Cool App
GenericName=Mega Cool App
Comment=A Mega Cool App that does everything
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Utility
Keywords=Flutter;share;files;

Place your icon with .png extension in your Flutter project under <project root>/debian/gui/mega-cool-app.png.

Build the debian package 📦

Once the gui/ folder and debian.yaml file are complete. Run flutter_to_debian as follows from the root directory of the project.

first build your project

$ flutter build linux

install flutter_to_debian if not done yet.

$ dart pub global activate flutter_to_debian

Run flutter_to_debian as follows.

$ flutter_to_debian

Locate and install your .deb app's package 📦

From the root directory of the project, Find it at.

$ cd debian/packages && ls

Install

$ sudo dpkg -i [package_name].deb

Contributions 🤝

Please all PR's and found issues are highly welcome at flutter_to_debian

Additional resources

You can learn more from the following links:

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