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Text, TextField and TextSpan highlighted with rounded corners


Highlight text with rounded corners

Content #

Features #

  • ✅ Highlight Text
  • ✅ Highlight Text Field [beta]
  • ✅ Highlight Text Span

Getting started #

Import the package:

import 'package:rounded_background_text/rounded_background_text.dart';

Usage #

Highlight a simple text: #

  'A cool text to be highlighted',
  style: const TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),
  backgroundColor: Colors.white,

Simple Text

Multiline text is also supported

  'A cool text to be highlighted\nWith two lines or more',
  style: const TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),
  backgroundColor: Colors.amber,

Two Lines Text

Highlight a text field: #

You must use a TextEditingController

final controller = TextEditingController();

  controller: controller, // required
  style: const TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),

The text will be highlighted as the user types

TextField Preview

The font size of the text will be reduced if there isn't enough space to fit the text. The text field can't be scrollable

Highlight a text span: #

Highlight a small part of a text

  text: TextSpan(
    text: 'Start your text and ',
    children: [
        text: 'highlight something',
      const TextSpan(text: ' when necessary'),

TextSpan Highlight Preview

You may like to know: #

Change the corner radius #

You can change the radius of the corners by setting innerRadius and outerRadius:

  'A cool text to be highlighted',
  style: const TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),
  backgroundColor: Colors.white,
  innerRadius: 15.0,
  outerRadius: 10.0,

The max allowed value is 20.0. The min is 0.0

Known issues with the text field #

  • It can't be scrollable. Instead, as a workaround, the text is scaled down to fit the available space

Deep dive #

This section explains, with details, how the background painting works.

RoundedBackgroundText doesn't use a Text widget under the hood. Instead, it uses a custom text painter to paint the text above the background. As soon as the RoundedBackgroundText widget is initialized, the line metrics for the text is calculated (See computeLineMetrics), and is recalculated when the text changes or when the parent width changes. This is done at built time, resulting in a smooth experience for the user.

To paint the background, the line metrics generated before is used. Each line has 4 properties:

  • x - where the line starts horizontally within the size
  • y - where the line starts vertically within the size
  • width - the horizontal size of the line
  • height - the vertical size of the line

With these values, we can generate the background for each line. The background is generated around the whole text: from top-left to bottom-left to bottom-right to top-right to top-left. This makes it easy to calculate when there is a corner, either outer or inner.

The inner and outer radius are dynamically calculated based on the line height, provided by the line metrics, and the given innerFactor and outerFactor, respectively. By default, innerFactor is 8.0 and outerFactor is 10.0. For safety, in order to keep the roundnesses correct, these values must be in the bounds of 0.0 (min) and 20.0 max, otherwise the painting would go off-line.

Contribution #

Feel free to file an issue if you find a problem or make pull requests.

All contributions are welcome!

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