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themed #

The themed package lets you define a theme with const values, and then, by using some dark Dart magic, go and change them dynamically anyway.

To convince yourself it works, please run the provided example.

This is the easiest possible way to create and use themes:

class MyTheme {
   static const someColor = ... 
   static const someStyle = ... 

   color: MyTheme.someColor,
   child: const Text('Hello', style: MyTheme.someStyle)),

There is no need to use Theme.of(context) anymore:

// So old-fashioned. 
   color: Theme.of(context).primary,
   child: Text('Hello', style: TextStyle(color: Theme.of(context).secondary)),

Also, since Theme.of needs the context, you can NOT use it in constructors. However, the themed package has no such limitations:

// The const color is the default value of an optional parameter.
    this.color = MyTheme.someColor,

How to use it #

Start by defining your theme with "color references" and "text style references".

The ColorRef class extends Color, and it takes a "reference" identifier which should be unique, and a default color. For example:

ColorRef('color1', Colors.white);

The TextStyleRef class extends TextStyle, and it takes a "reference" identifier which should be unique, and a default style. For example:

TextStyleRef('mainStyle', TextStyle(fontSize: 16, color:;

Putting it all together:

class MyTheme {
  static const color1 = ColorRef('color1', Color(0xFFFFFFFF));
  static const color2 = ColorRef('color2', Color(0xFF2196F3));
  static const color3 = ColorRef('color3',;
  static const mainStyle = TextStyleRef('mainStyle', TextStyle(fontSize: 16, fontWeight: FontWeight.w400, color: AppColors.color1);  

Now you can just use these colors and styles normally, inside Containers, Texts etc.

The themed package is compatible with Flutter's native theme system. This means you can use it inside a ThemeData widget:

child: MaterialApp(
   theme: ThemeData(
      primaryColor: MyTheme.color2,
            style: ElevatedButton.styleFrom(primary: MyTheme.color2),

Setup #

Wrap your widget tree with the Themed widget, above the MaterialApp:

Widget build(BuildContext context) {
   return Themed(
      child: MaterialApp(

How to define a theme map #

Each theme should be a Map<ThemeRef, Object>, where the keys are your ColorRef and TextStyleRef const values, and the values are the colors and styles you want to use on that theme. For example:

Map<ThemeRef, Object> theme1 = {
  MyTheme.color1: Colors.yellow,
  MyTheme.color3: Colors.purple,
  MyTheme.mainStyle: const TextStyle(fontSize: 22, fontWeight: FontWeight.w900, color: MyTheme.color1),

At any point in your app you can just change the current theme by doing:

// Setting a theme:
Themed.currentTheme = theme1;

// Setting another theme:
Themed.currentTheme = theme2;

// Removing the current theme (and falling back to the default theme):

// This would also remove the current theme:
Themed.currentTheme = null;

Color transform #

Instead of changing the current theme you can create a color transformation. For example, this will turn your theme into shades of grey:

static Color shadesOfGreyTransform(Color color) {
  int average = ( + + ~/ 3;
  return Color.fromARGB(color.alpha, average, average, average);

Note you can create your own function to process colors, but shadesOfGreyTransform is already provided:

// Turn it on:
Themed.transformColor = ColorRef.shadesOfGreyTransform;

// Then, later, turn it off:

TextStyle transform #

You can also create on a style transformation. For example, this will make your fonts larger:

static TextStyle largerText(TextStyle textStyle) =>
      textStyle.copyWith(fontSize: textStyle.fontSize! * 1.5);

// Turn it on:
Themed.transformTextStyle = largerText;

// Then, later, turn it off:

TextStyle extension #

With the provided extension, you can make your code more clean-code by creating new text styles by adding colors and other values to a TextStyle. For example:

// Using some style:
Text('Hello', style: MyTheme.mainStyle);

// Making text black:
Text('Hello', style: MyTheme.mainStyle +;

// Changing a lot of other stuff:
Text('Hello', style: MyTheme.mainStyle + FontWeight.w900 + FontSize(20.0) + TextHeight(1.2));

Const recap #

Please remember Dart constants point to the same memory space. In this example colorA and colorB represent the same variable:

class MyTheme {
  static const colorA = ColorRef('colorA', Colors.white);
  static const colorB = colorA;    

If you later chance the color of colorA you are also automatically changing the color of colorB, and vice-versa. If you want to create colorB from colorA while still being able to change them independently, you have to create different references. For example:

class MyTheme {
  static const colorA = ColorRef('colorA', Colors.white);
  static const colorB = ColorRef('colorB', colorA);

Avoid circular dependencies #

This will led to a StackOverflowError error:

Map<ThemeRef, Object> anotherTheme = {
   MyTheme.color1: MyTheme.color2,
   MyTheme.color2: MyTheme.color1,

Remember: You can have references which depend on other references, but both direct and indirect circular references must be avoided.

Other ways to use it #

If you want, you may also define a default theme, and a current theme for your app:

Widget build(BuildContext context) {
   return Themed(
      defaultTheme: { ... },
      currentTheme: { ... },
      child: MaterialApp(

The defaultTheme and currentTheme are both optional. They are simply theme maps, as explained below.

When a color/style is used, it will first search it inside the currentTheme.

If it's not found there, it searches inside of defaultTheme.

If it's still not found there, it uses the default color/style which was defined in the constructor. For example, here the default color is white:

ColorRef('color1', Colors.white);

Please note: If you define all your colors in the defaultTheme, then you don't need to provide default values in the constructor:

class MyTheme {
  static const color1 = ColorRef('color1');
  static const color2 = ColorRef('color2');
  static const color3 = ColorRef('color3');
  static const mainStyle = TextStyleRef('mainStyle');  

Copyright #

This package is copyrighted and brought to you by Parkside Technologies, a company which is simplifying global access to US stocks.

This package is published here with permission.

Please, see the license page for more information.

Authored by Marcelo Glasberg

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