flutter_data 0.3.5
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A tool to build data-driven Flutter apps with minimal boilerplate

Flutter Data

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Flutter Data is a library for seamlessly managing persistent data in Flutter apps.

Inspired by Ember Data and ActiveRecord, it enables the use and creation of persistent business models in the reactive Flutter environment.

It is naturally suited for offline-first applications.

Check out the Documentation or the 5-Minute Tutorial 📚 #

Features #

  • Automatic repositories for all models 📦
    • Retrieve/parse/store API data 🚀
    • Notifier, Future and Stream APIs ✅
  • Offline capabilities 🔌
  • Excellent relationship support 🎎
  • Truly configurable and composable 🧱
  • Intuitive API and minimal boilerplate 🤩
  • Scales well (both up and down) 📈

Getting started #

See the quickstart guide in the docs.

👩🏾‍💻 Usage #

For a given User model annotated with @DataRepository...

@DataRepository([StandardJSONAdapter, JSONPlaceholderAdapter])
class User extends DataSupport<User> {
  final int id;
  final String name;
  User({this.id, this.name});

(User.fromJson and toJson are not required.)

Flutter Data will generate a Repository<User> (after a source gen build):

// obtain it via Provider
final repository = context.read<Repository<User>>();

return DataStateBuilder<List<User>>(
  notifier: repository.watchAll();
  builder: (context, state, notifier, _) {
    // state.model is a list of 10 user items
    return ListView.builder(
      itemBuilder: (context, i) {
        if (state.isLoading) {
          return CircularProgressIndicator();
        if (state.hasException) {
          return Text('Error: ${state.exception}');
        return UserTile(state.model[i]);

Here, repository.watchAll() will make an HTTP request (to http://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/users in this case), parse the incoming JSON and listen for any further changes to the User collection – whether those are local or remote!

state is of type DataState which ships with loading/error/data substates. Moreover, notifier.reload() is available, useful for the classic "pull-to-refresh" scenario.

In addition to the reactivity, a User now gets extensions and automatic relationships, ActiveRecord-style:

final todo = await Todo(title: 'Finish docs').save();
// POST http://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/todos/
print(todo.id); // 201

final user = await repository.findOne(1, params: { '_embed': 'todos' });
// GET http://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/users/1?_embed=todos
print(user.todos.length); // 20

await user.todos.last.delete();

As easy as it looks!

For a detailed yet quick explanation, check out the 5-Minute Tutorial!

Code for a simple yet fully functional app built with Flutter Data? See the finished Flutter Data TO-DOs Sample App.

📲 Apps using Flutter Data #

The new offline-first Scout Flutter app is being developed in record time with Flutter Data.

➕ Questions and collaborating #

Please use Github to ask questions, open issues and send PRs. Thanks!

You can also hit me up on Twitter @thefrank06

Tests can be run with: pub run test

📝 License #


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analyzer, async, data_state, hive, http, inflection2, json_api, meta, path, rxdart, source_gen, uuid


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