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The seamless way to work with persistent data models in Flutter. Inspired by Ember Data and ActiveRecord.

Flutter Data

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Persistent reactive models in Flutter with zero boilerplate #

Flutter Data is an offline-first persistence framework that gives you a configurable REST client and powerful model relationships.

Heavily inspired by Ember Data and ActiveRecord

Features #

  • Repositories for all models 🚀
  • Built for offline-first 🔌
    • Hive-based local storage at its core
    • Failure handling & retry API
  • Intuitive APIs, effortless setup 💙
    • Truly configurable and composable via Dart mixins and codegen
    • Built-in Riverpod providers for all models
  • Exceptional relationship support ⚡️
    • Automatically synchronized, fully traversable relationship graph
    • Reactive relationships

Check out the Documentation or the Tutorial 📚 where we build a TO-DO app from the ground up in record time.

Set up #

See the quickstart guide for setup and boot configuration.

Prefer an example? Here's the Flutter Data sample setup app with support for Riverpod, Provider and get_it.

👩🏾‍💻 Usage #

For a given User model annotated with @DataRepository:

class User with DataModel<User> {
  final int? id; // ID can be of any type
  final String name;
  User({this.id, required this.name});
  // `User.fromJson` and `toJson` optional

mixin MyJSONServerAdapter on RemoteAdapter<User> {
  String get baseUrl => "https://my-json-server.typicode.com/flutterdata/demo/";

After a code-gen build, Flutter Data will generate a Repository<User> and utilities such as userProvider and ref.users.watchOne (Riverpod only):

Widget build(BuildContext context, WidgetRef ref) {
  final state = ref.users.watchOne(1);
  if (state.isLoading) {
    return Center(child: const CircularProgressIndicator());
  final user = state.model;
  return Text(user.name);

ref.users.watchOne(1) is a handy shortcut to the userProvider which provides ref.watch(usersRepositoryProvider).watchOneNotifier(1).

Let's see how to update the user:

  onPressed: () => ref.users.save(User(id: 1, name: 'Updated')),
  child: Text('Update'),

ref.users.watchOne(1) will make an HTTP request (to https://my-json-server.typicode.com/flutterdata/demo/users/1 in this case), parse the incoming JSON and listen for any further changes to the User – whether those are local or remote!

state is of type DataState which has loading, error and data substates.

In addition to the reactivity, DataModels get extensions and automatic relationships, ActiveRecord-style, so the above becomes:

  onTap: () =>
      User(id: 1, name: 'Updated').init(ref.read).save(),
  child: Text('Update')

Some other examples:

final todo = await Todo(title: 'Finish docs').init(ref.read).save();
// or its equivalent:
final todo = await ref.todos.save(Todo(title: 'Finish docs'));
// POST https://my-json-server.typicode.com/flutterdata/demo/todos/
print(todo.id); // 201

final user = await repository.findOne(1, params: { '_embed': 'todos' });
// (remember repository can be accessed via ref.users)
// GET https://my-json-server.typicode.com/flutterdata/demo/users/1?_embed=todos
print(user.todos.length); // 20

await user.todos.last.delete();

Explore the Documentation.

Fully functional app built with Flutter Data? See the code for the finished Flutter Data Tasks App.

Compatibility #

Fully compatible with the tools we know and love:

Flutter And pure Dart, too.
Flutter Web Supported!
json_serializable Fully supported (but not required)
Riverpod Supported & automatically wired up
Provider Supported with minimal extra code
get_it Supported with minimal extra code
Classic JSON REST API Built-in support!
JSON:API Supported via external adapter
Freezed Supported!

📲 Apps using Flutter Data #


➕ Questions and collaborating #

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

On Twitter: @flutterdata

Tests can be run with: pub run test

📝 License #