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A simple widget to add in the widget tree when you want to show nothing, with minimal impact on performance.


Sometimes, according to a condition, we want to display nothing. Usually when we can't return null, we would return something like const SizedBox() for example.

This is good, but it has some performance impacts since SizedBox creates a RenderObject. The RenderObject lives in the render tree and some computations are performed on it, even if it paints nothing on the screen.

We can do better, we can have a widget which does not create a RenderObject, while being still valid. The Nil widget is the minimal implementation for this use case. It only creates an Element and does nothing while it's building. Because the optimal way to use it, is to call const Nil(), it also comes with a nil constant that you can use everywhere (which is a const Nil()).


import 'package:nil/nil.dart';

return Builder(
  builder: (_) {
    if (condition) {
      return const MyWidget();
    } else {
      return nil;


This widget is not intended to be used in widgets accepting multiple children (e.g. Rows, Columns, etc.). The best option is to not add a widget in the list if you don't want it to be displayed. Moreover using a Nil widget in such a case, can have unexpected results.


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If you find a bug or want a feature, but don't know how to fix/implement it, please fill an issue.
If you fixed a bug or implemented a feature, please send a pull request.