Using FocusableControlBuilder you can quickly create a new control that will work properly on all platforms and input devices.

Working "properly" entails support for:

  • tab key traversal
  • focus / rollover states
  • modified mouse cursor
  • support for keyboard shortcuts (Enter/Space by default)

Under the hood, this builder wraps the built in FocusableActionDetector and you can read there for more details about how it all works.

For more information on why you'd use these widgets, see this blog post:

🔨 Installation

$ flutter pub add focusable_control_builder

⚙ Import

import 'package:focusable_control_builder/focusable_control_builder.dart';

🕹ī¸ Usage

To create a custom button just implement the FocusableControlBuilder.builder method and assign an onPressed handler:

class MyCustomButton extends StatelessWidget {
  const MyCustomButton(this.label, {Key? key, required this.onPressed}) : super(key: key);
  final String label;
  final VoidCallback onPressed;
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return FocusableControlBuilder(
        onPressed: onPressed,
        builder: (_, FocusableControlState control) {
          // Decide which colors to use, based on .isFocused and .isHovered
          Color outlineColor = control.isFocused ? : Colors.transparent;
          Color bgColor = control.isHovered ? : Colors.grey.shade200;
          // Return custom button contents
          return Container(
            padding: const EdgeInsets.all(8),
            child: Text(label),
            decoration: BoxDecoration(
              color: bgColor,
              border: Border.all(color: outlineColor, width: 1),

Custom Mouse Cursor

FocusableControlBuilder will assume you want a "hand" cursor for your control, which is typically the case. If you'd like a different cursor, just assign it:

return FocusableControlBuilder(
    cursor: SystemMouseCursors.resizeDown,

Request Focus On Press

FocusableControlBuilder will assume you want your control to request focus when it is pressed. To disable, just set this to false:

return FocusableControlBuilder(
    requestFocusOnPress: false,

Custom Shortcuts

FocusableControlBuilder will create a default activation action which handles Submit and Enter keys. To create custom keyboard shortcuts you can set the .shortcuts and .actions parameters. This is a bit beyond the scope of this doc, but if you'd like to learn how, checkout the FocusableActionDetector docs which contain an example.

🐞 Bugs/Requests

If you encounter any problems please open an issue. If you feel the library is missing a feature, please raise a ticket on Github and we'll look into it. Pull request are welcome.

📃 License

MIT License