substring_highlight

Highlight Flutter text at the character-level.

Designed for case-insensitive search-term highlighting, a single search term sub-string is highlighted (perhaps multiple times) within a longer string.

Inspired by the existing Flutter package "highlight_text," but supports sub-word character matches (e.g., 't' in 'Peter').

Limitations:

  1. Only supports a single search term
  2. Only case-insensitive matches
  3. Highlighted text is not clickable

The substrings being searched for highlighting don't have to match at the beginning of the longer strings (can be anywhere inside).

Even space characters will match, but not be highlighted, obviously.

Ancestor MUST have textDirection set (required by internal RichText widget), either through MaterialApp widget or explicitly wrapped by a Directionality widget:

Directionality(
    child: SubstringHighlight(text: 'Peter', term: 't'),
    textDirection: TextDirection.ltr)

Pull Requests

Pull requests are welcome!

Usage

Add a new dependency line to your project/pubspec.yaml file:

dependencies:
  ...
  substring_highlight: 0.1.0      # use latest version

Don't forget to flutter pub get.

Examples

Default Styling Example

Code:

As an example, the following code snippet uses this package to highlight matching characters in each search result:

import 'package:substring_highlight/substring_highlight.dart';

...

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) (
    return Container(
      padding: const EdgeInsets.all(12),
      child: SubstringHighlight(
        text: dropDownItem,     // search result string from database or something
        term: searchTerm,       // user typed "et"
      ),
    );
  )

Output:

Screenshot

Customized Styling Example

Code:

This example adds 'textStyle' and 'textStyleHighlight' to change the colors of the text:

import 'package:substring_highlight/substring_highlight.dart';

...

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) (
    return Container(
      padding: const EdgeInsets.all(12),
      child: SubstringHighlight(
        text: dropDownItem,                         // each string needing highlighting
        term: searchTerm,                           // user typed "m4a"        
        textStyle: TextStyle(                       // non-highlight style                       
          color: Colors.grey,
        ),
        textStyleHighlight: TextStyle(              // highlight style
          color: Colors.black,
          decoration: TextDecoration.underline,
        ),        
      ),
    );
  )

Output:

Screenshot

Libraries

substring_highlight