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Used to detect page memory leaks. You can use it to detect whether there is a memory leak in `Widget`, `Element` and `State`.


leak_detector #

flutter Memory leak detection tool

Usage #


In order to prevent the underlying library vm service from crashing, please call before adding the memory leak detection object:

LeakDetector().init(maxRetainingPath: 300); //maxRetainingPath default is 300

Enabling leak detection will reduce performance, and Full GC may drop frames on the page. Initialized by assert in the plugin, so you don't need to turn it off when build on release mode.


Add LeakNavigatorObserver to navigatorObservers in MaterialApp, it will automatically detect whether there is a memory leak in the page's Widget and its corresponding Element object. If page's Widget is a StatefulWidget, it will also be automatically checked Its corresponding State.

import 'package:leak_detector/leak_detector.dart';

Widget build(BuildContext context) {
  return MaterialApp(
    navigatorObservers: [
      //used the LeakNavigatorObserver
        shouldCheck: (route) {
          return route.settings.name != null && route.settings.name != '/';

Get leaked information

LeakDetector().onLeakedStream can register your listener, and notify the object's reference chain after detecting a memory leak. LeakDetector().onEventStream can monitor internal time notifications, such as start Gc, end Gc, etc.

A preview page of the reference chain is provided. You only need to add the following code. Note that the Bulid Context must be able to obtain theNavigatorState:

import 'package:leak_detector/leak_detector.dart';

//show preview page
LeakDetector().onLeakedStream.listen((LeakedInfo info) {
  //print to console
  info.retainingPath.forEach((node) => print(node));
  //show preview page
  showLeakedInfoPage(navigatorKey.currentContext, info);

Preview page display:

It contains the class information of the reference chain node, the referenced attribute information, the source code of the attribute declaration, and the location of the source code (line number: column number).

Get memory leak recording

import 'package:leak_detector/leak_detector.dart';

getLeakedRecording().then((List<LeakedInfo> infoList) {
  showLeakedInfoListPage(navigatorKey.currentContext, infoList);

*Cannot connect to vm_service on real mobile devices

The VM service allows for an extended feature set via the Dart Development Service (DDS) that forward all core VM service RPCs described in this document to the true VM service.

So when we connect to the computer to run, the DDS on the computer will first connect to the vm_service on our mobile end, causing our leak_detector plugin to fail to connect to the vm_service again.

There are two solutions:

  • After the run is complete, disconnect from the computer, and then it is best to restart the app.

    If the completed test package is installed on the mobile phone, the above problem does not exist, so this method is suitable for use by testers.

  • Add the --disable-dds parameter after flutter run to turn off the DDS. After testing, this will not cause any impact on debugging

    It can be configured as follows in Android Studio.

After Pull Request #80900 is merged, --disable-dds was renamed to --no-dds



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Used to detect page memory leaks. You can use it to detect whether there is a memory leak in `Widget`, `Element` and `State`.

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flutter, path, sqflite, vm_service


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