flutter_redux 0.6.0

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flutter_redux #

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A set of utilities that allow you to easily consume a Redux Store to build Flutter Widgets.

This package is built to work with Redux.dart 3.0.0+.

Redux Widgets #

  • StoreProvider - The base Widget. It will pass the given Redux Store to all descendants that request it.
  • StoreBuilder - A descendant Widget that gets the Store from a StoreProvider and passes it to a Widget builder function.
  • StoreConnector - A descendant Widget that gets the Store from the nearest StoreProvider ancestor, converts the Store into a ViewModel with the given converter function, and passes the ViewModel to a builder function. Any time the Store emits a change event, the Widget will automatically be rebuilt. No need to manage subscriptions!

Dart Versions #

  • Dart 1: 0.3.x
  • Dart 2: 0.4.0+. See the migration guide below!

Dart 2 Migration Guide #

Dart 2 requires more strict typing (yay!), and gives us the option to make getting the Store from the StoreProvider more convenient!

  1. Ensure you are using Redux 3.0.0+
  2. Change new StoreProvider(...) to new StoreProvider<StateClass>(...) in your Widget tree.
  3. Change new StoreProvider.of(context).store to StoreProvider.of<StateClass>(context) if you're directly fetching the Store<AppState> yourself from the StoreProvider<AppState>. No need to access the store field directly any more since Dart 2 can now infer the proper type with a static function :)

Examples #

  • Simple example - a port of the standard "Counter Button" example from Flutter
  • Github Search - an example of how to search as a user types, demonstrating both the Middleware and Epic approaches.
  • Todo app - a more complete example, with persistence, routing, and nested state.
  • Timy Messenger - large open source app that uses flutter_redux together with Firebase Firestore.

Companion Libraries #

Usage #

Let's demo the basic usage with the all-time favorite: A counter example!

Note: This example requires flutter_redux 0.4.0+ and Dart 2! If you're using Dart 1, see the old example.

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:flutter_redux/flutter_redux.dart';
import 'package:redux/redux.dart';

// One simple action: Increment
enum Actions { Increment }

// The reducer, which takes the previous count and increments it in response
// to an Increment action.
int counterReducer(int state, dynamic action) {
  if (action == Actions.Increment) {
    return state + 1;

  return state;

void main() {
  // Create your store as a final variable in a base Widget. This works better
  // with Hot Reload than creating it directly in the `build` function.
  final store = new Store<int>(counterReducer, initialState: 0);

  runApp(new FlutterReduxApp(
    title: 'Flutter Redux Demo',
    store: store,

class FlutterReduxApp extends StatelessWidget {
  final Store<int> store;
  final String title;

  FlutterReduxApp({Key key, this.store, this.title}) : super(key: key);

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    // The StoreProvider should wrap your MaterialApp or WidgetsApp. This will
    // ensure all routes have access to the store.
    return new StoreProvider<int>(
      // Pass the store to the StoreProvider. Any ancestor `StoreConnector`
      // Widgets will find and use this value as the `Store`.
      store: store,
      child: new MaterialApp(
        theme: new ThemeData.dark(),
        title: title,
        home: new Scaffold(
          appBar: new AppBar(
            title: new Text(title),
          body: new Center(
            child: new Column(
              mainAxisAlignment: MainAxisAlignment.center,
              children: [
                new Text(
                  'You have pushed the button this many times:',
                // Connect the Store to a Text Widget that renders the current
                // count.
                // We'll wrap the Text Widget in a `StoreConnector` Widget. The
                // `StoreConnector` will find the `Store` from the nearest
                // `StoreProvider` ancestor, convert it into a String of the
                // latest count, and pass that String  to the `builder` function
                // as the `count`.
                // Every time the button is tapped, an action is dispatched and
                // run through the reducer. After the reducer updates the state,
                // the Widget will be automatically rebuilt with the latest
                // count. No need to manually manage subscriptions or Streams!
                new StoreConnector<int, String>(
                  converter: (store) => store.state.toString(),
                  builder: (context, count) {
                    return new Text(
                      style: Theme.of(context).textTheme.display1,
          // Connect the Store to a FloatingActionButton. In this case, we'll
          // use the Store to build a callback that with dispatch an Increment
          // Action.
          // Then, we'll pass this callback to the button's `onPressed` handler.
          floatingActionButton: new StoreConnector<int, VoidCallback>(
            converter: (store) {
              // Return a `VoidCallback`, which is a fancy name for a function
              // with no parameters. It only dispatches an Increment action.
              return () => store.dispatch(Actions.Increment);
            builder: (context, callback) {
              return new FloatingActionButton(
                // Attach the `callback` to the `onPressed` attribute
                onPressed: callback,
                tooltip: 'Increment',
                child: new Icon(Icons.add),

Purpose #

One question that reasonable people might ask: Why do you need all of this if StatefulWidget exists?

My advice is the same as the original Redux.JS author: If you've got a simple app, use the simplest thing possible. In Flutter, StatefulWidget is perfect for a simple counter app.

However, say you have more complex app, such as an E-commerce app with a Shopping Cart. The Shopping Cart should appear on multiple screens in your app and should be updated by many different types of Widgets on those different screens (An "Add Item to Cart" Widget on all your Product Screens, "Remove Item from Cart" Widget on the Shopping Cart Screen, "Change quantity" Widgets, etc).

Additionally, you definitely want to test this logic, as it's the core business logic to your app!

Now, in this case, you could create a Testable ShoppingCart class as a Singleton or Create a Root StatefulWidget that passes the ShoppingCartDown Down Down through your widget hierarchy to the "add to cart" or "remove from cart" Widgets .

Singletons can be problematic for testing, and Flutter doesn't have a great Dependency Injection library (such as Dagger2) just yet, so I'd prefer to avoid those.

Yet passing the ShoppingCart all over the place can get messy. It also means it's way harder to move that "Add to Item" button to a new location, b/c you'd need up update the Widgets throughout your app that passes the state down.

Furthermore, you'd need a way to Observe when the ShoppingCart Changes so you could rebuild your Widgets when it does (from an "Add" button to an "Added" button, as an example).

One way to handle it would be to simply setState every time the ShoppingCart changes in your Root Widget, but then your whole app below the RootWidget would be required to rebuild as well! Flutter is fast, but we should be smart about what we ask Flutter to rebuild!

Therefore, redux & redux_flutter was born for more complex stories like this one. It gives you a set of tools that allow your Widgets to dispatch actions in a naive way, then write the business logic in another place that will take those actions and update the ShoppingCart in a safe, testable way.

Even more, once the ShoppingCart has been updated in the Store, the Store will emit an onChange event. This lets you listen to Store updates and rebuild your UI in the right places when it changes! Now, you can separate your business logic from your UI logic in a testable, observable way, without having to Wire up a bunch of stuff yourself!

Similar patterns in Android are the MVP Pattern, or using Rx Observables to manage a View's state.

flutter_redux simply handles passing your Store down to all of your descendant StoreConnector Widgets. If your State emits a change event, only the StoreConnector Widgets and their descendants will be automatically rebuilt with the latest state of the Store!

This allows you to focus on what your app should look like and how it should work without thinking about all the glue code to hook everything together!

Contributors #

Changelog #

0.6.0 #

  • Breaking Change: onWillChange now receives previous and new ViewModel
  • Breaking Change: Supports Redux 4.x - 5.0

0.5.4 #

  • Bugfix: Rebuilding the Widget will always rebuild with latest data
  • Enforce pedantic lint rules
  • Docs
    • Document all public members
    • Add more examples to README

0.5.3 #

  • Maintenance update
    • Remove dependency on test package, conflicts with latest Flutter
    • Update docs
    • Update example dependencies to latest versions
    • Apply stricter analysis options

0.5.2 #

  • Add onDidChange -- This callback will be run after the ViewModel has changed and the builder method is called
  • Add onInitialBuild -- This callback will be run after the builder method is called the first time

0.5.1 #

  • Add more advice to error message

0.5.0 #

  • Updated to work with latest version of Redux: 3.0.0

0.4.1 #

  • Update example to wrap entire app with StoreProvider
  • Throw more helpful error message if no StoreProvider is found in the tree

0.4.0 #

  • Works with Dart 2 (no longer supports Dart 1)
  • Stronger Type info Required
  • Breaking Changes:
    • StoreProvider now requires generic type info: new StoreProvider<AppState>
    • new StoreProvider.of(context).store is now StoreProvider.of<AppState>(context)

0.3.6 #

  • Add onWillChange. This function will be called before the builder and can be used for working with Imperative APIs, such as Navigator, TextEditingController, or TabController.

0.3.6 #

  • Add onWillChange. This function will be called before the builder and can be used for working with Imperative APIs, such as Navigator, TextEditingController, or TabController.

0.3.5 #

  • Bugfix: onInit was not called before the initial ViewModel is constructed.

0.3.4 #

  • Fix Changelog.

0.3.3 #

  • Optional onDispose function - The StoreConnector and StoreBuilder Widgets now accept an onDispose function that will be run when the Widget is removed from the Widget tree (using State.dispose under the hood). The onDispose function takes the Store as the first parameter, and can be used to dispatch actions that remove stale data from your State tree.
  • Move to github

0.3.2 #

  • Optional onInit function - The StoreConnector and StoreBuilder Widgets now accept an onInit function that will be run the first time the Widget is created (using State.initState under the hood). The onInit function takes the Store as the first parameter, and can be used to dispatch actions when your Widget is first starting up. This can be useful for data fetching.
  • ignoreChange function - StoreConnector now takes an advanced usage / optional function ignoreChange. It will be run on every store onChange event to determine whether or not the ViewModel and Widget should be rebuilt. This can be useful in some edge cases, such as displaying information that has been deleted from the store while it is animating off screen.
  • Documentation updates

0.3.1 #

  • Add the ability to build only once, while avoiding rebuilding on change. This can be handy if you need to manage access to the Store, but want to handle when to update your own Widgets.

0.3.0 #

  • Make StoreProvider.of a factory rather than a static method
  • Additional documentation based on questions from the community

0.2.0 #

  • Update for Redux 2.0.0

0.1.1 #

  • Update documentation

0.1.0 #

Initial Version of the library.

  • Includes the ability to pass a Redux Store down to descendant Widgets using a StoreProvider.
  • Includes the StoreConnector and StoreBuilder Widgets that capture the Store from the StoreProvider and build a Widget in response.


Examples #

  • Simple example - a port of the standard "Counter Button" example from Flutter
  • Github Search - an example of how to search as a user types, demonstrating both the Middleware and Epic approaches.

Use this package as a library

1. Depend on it

Add this to your package's pubspec.yaml file:

  flutter_redux: ^0.6.0

2. Install it

You can install packages from the command line:

with Flutter:

$ flutter pub get

Alternatively, your editor might support flutter pub get. Check the docs for your editor to learn more.

3. Import it

Now in your Dart code, you can use:

import 'package:flutter_redux/flutter_redux.dart';
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We analyzed this package on Jul 2, 2020, and provided a score, details, and suggestions below. Analysis was completed with status completed using:

  • Dart: 2.8.4
  • pana: 0.13.13
  • Flutter: 1.17.5

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Package Constraint Resolved Available
Direct dependencies
Dart SDK >=2.0.0-dev.28.0 <3.0.0
flutter 0.0.0
meta >=1.1.1 <2.0.0 1.1.8
redux >=4.0.0 <5.0.0 4.0.0
Transitive dependencies
collection 1.14.12 1.14.13
sky_engine 0.0.99
typed_data 1.1.6 1.2.0
vector_math 2.0.8
Dev dependencies
mockito 4.1.1
pedantic 1.8.0+1