Atif Siddiqui
May 10 · 3 min read
Flutter Provider

This article will help you to get started with state management using the provider package. This package is suggested on GOOGLE IO 2019.

If you previously used the Scoped Model package this one is very close to that one. But is more powerful and straightforward.


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So, What is Provider?

Provider is a state management package built by the community, not by Google. but google really encouraged to use it and working with the developer to further improve it. As stated at package page.

A dependency injection system built with widgets for widgets. provider is mostly syntax sugar for InheritedWidget, to make common use-cases straightforward.

Let’s Code:

First of all, put this dependency in your pubspec.yaml.

provider: ^2.0.0+1 // as of now

Create a new Flutter project and get the example app running. We’ll start with this app as we’re all familiar with this one. In addition to the default app, we’ll be implementing decrement method as well. Now Make your code like the following one.

UI CODE

Now Your UI will look like this.


Now The Interesting Part:

Now I need our attention…
  • Now Create a Counter class and encapsulate it. Create increment and decrement methods.
Counter Class

A very simple class and it has a mixin as it is followed by with keyword. The mixin is ChangeNotifier. Now, what is change notifier???

As you’ve probably must have guessed, all it does is add listening capability to our class in our case counter class.

inside the Increment and decrement method, there is a method call.

notifyListeners(); // it notifies the listener and updates the UI.

Now You have a tree of widgets. Now you want to put your class instance at least one level up where you want to use it. In our case, we want to use Counter class inside HomePage Widget. Inside the material app, we’ll wrap our homepage widget with ChangeNotifierProvider.

home: ChangeNotifierProvider<Counter>(
builder: (_) => Counter(0),
child: HomePage(),
)

Builder is the actual state object where we’ll instantiate our class. Don’t forget to put your class inside the < > as it is a generic widget and give the child.

Now We can access Counter object down the widget tree easily.

Accessing The Object:

Now inside the child tree widget, we can easily access our object using two ways. Either we can use Provider.of<Object>(context) or Consumer Widget. Here I have used the first one. But You can find the Snippet With Consumer from this link.

Final Code
Final Result

Is That All?

Offcourse not, In this example we have just barely touched the surface. There is a lot more in Provider. If you love working with rxdart and streams, there is also StreamProvider. I’ll be covering all this in my upcoming articles. so stay tuned.

Conclusion:

After all this, our app will be up and running. this was rather a simple example and full potential of this package was not shown. In my next article, I’ll try to deal with some real-world example(Maybe Firebase login) where we have multiple objects interacting with each other and state is rather complex.

Thank you for reading the article so far, and please let your feedback. Tell me if you want part 2 with a more complex example. You can find the above app from my GitHub. If you liked my article, Please do clap and follow for more. Thanks…

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Student of BS Software Engineering. Love everything about programming, mobile development and completely in Love with flutter.

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