A package that handles pagination, subscriptions to updates, updating pages, and error handling.

Getting Started

The package provides a set of widgets that takes a concrete PaginationController and implement a live list behavior by controlling loading of items when needed, subscriptions to pages updates, updating the list and notifying the view.

Specifying the view itself is up to the programmer.

There is also a fully featured PaginatedLiveList widget that uses the basic set of widgets but with the view being a ListView.

For usage example see the example directory.


Add paginated_live_list as a dependency to your project pubspec.yaml and run flutter pub get to install all your dependencies.

# in pubspec.yaml

Basic Concepts

The Page Cursor

Every page has its own cursor that serves as a pointer for loading the next page. The cursor used to load the first page is null since it has no preceding pages. It's up to the developer to define a concrete PageCursor.

class IntPageCursor implements PageCursor {
  final int nextPage;


The Page Class

Contains the list of items in the page, a cursor defined by the developer, and a boolean isLastPage to indicate whether or not there is more pages to load.


Import The Package

import 'package:paginated_live_list/paginated_live_list.dart';

Define Your Items Class

Item class needs to be immutable and implement the equality operator

class Item {
  final String id;
  final DateTime createdAt;

    required this.id,
    required this.createdAt,

  int get hashCode => id.hashCode;

  bool operator ==(Object? other) {
    if (other is Item && id == other.id) {
      return true;
    } else {
      return false;

Implement a PageCursor

You must implement the equality operator.

class CustomPageCursor implements PageCursor {
  final String? lastItemId;


  int get hashCode => lastItemId.hashCode;

  bool operator ==(Object other) {
    if (identical(this, other)) {
      return true;
    } else if (other is! CustomPageCursor) {
      return false;

    return lastItemId == other.lastItemId;

Implement a PaginationController

Extend the PaginationController and implement

  • PaginationController.comparePagesOrder: for Page ordering.

    It should simply determine the order of the two pages passed in as parameters using the cursors of the pages or their items.

  int comparePagesOrder(Page<Item> page, Page<Item> other) {
    // Assuming the pages are in ascending order.
    // for descending order multiply by -1.
    return page.items.last.createdAt.compareTo(other.items.last.createdAt);
  • PaginationController.updateCursorOfAdjustedPage: for adjustment of page cursors.

    Adjustment is needed when a page changes it's cursor due to an update. The adjustment allows the PaginationController to maintain the current pages by not having to reload all the pages after the page that changed it's cursor.

  Page<Offer> updateCursorOfAdjustedPage(Page<Item> page) {
    final last = page.items.last;
    return Page(
        CustomPageCursor(last.id, last.createdAt),
  • PaginationController.onLoadPage: for loading new pages.

    This should provide a stream for a page that emits the page then each time the page is updated. All kinds of updates are supported: Updating an item(s), deleting an item(s), and adding a new item(s).

  Stream<Page<T>> onLoadPage(CustomPageCursor cursor) {
    return dataSource.list(after: cursor.lastItemId, size: 10).map((items) =>
        Page(items, CustomPageCursor(items.lastOrNull?.id), items.length < 10));

Define the View

If you want to have a ListView, you may use the LivePaginatedList widget.

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return PaginationControllerProvider<Offer>(
      create: (context) => CustomPaginationController(),
      child: PaginatedLiveList<Offer>(
        controller: null,
        itemBuilder: (context, state, index) {
          final item = state.items[index];
          return ItemWidget(item: item);

For other scroll views (e.g. GridView) you need to use the basic widgets. Namely, the PaginationBehavior, the ViewBuilder. See the LivePaginatedList widget implementation for an example.