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Announcing Flutter for Windows

Build high-quality Windows apps that also run on mobile and web

An image of a laptop with two light blue birds, representing Dash, the mascot of Flutter and Dart, hovering over the keyboard. The text in the image says, “Flutter + Windows”.

Nearly half a million apps use Flutter…

So far, we’ve seen momentum that has exceeded our expectations, with nearly half a million apps now released that use Flutter, including big apps from companies like Betterment, BMW, and ByteDance, and apps from thirty teams at Google. In 2021, Flutter became the most popular cross-platform UI toolkit, as measured by analysts like Statista and SlashData:

Extracts from studies by Statista (“Flutter is the most popular cross-platform mobile framework used by global developers… 42% of software developers used Flutter”), SlashData (“The most popular cross-platform frameworks for development include Google’s Flutter (44%)”), JetBrains (“The popularity of Flutter continues to grow. This year it has surpassed React Native to become the most popular…”) and StackOverflow (“Flutter is the #2 loved framework”).

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the full availability of support for Windows apps for Flutter in stable builds.

Windows and Flutter

A couple of years ago, we laid out an ambitious vision for Flutter to expand from mobile apps on iOS and Android to other platforms including web and the desktop.

An architectural diagram showing the Flutter architecture: at the top is the Flutter framework, built in Dart, which comprises building blocks like Material, the widgets system, rendering objects, animation, gestures, and painting primitives. Below that is the Flutter engine, written in C++, as well as the Skia and text rendering libraries; lastly, the Windows embedder which interoperates with the underlying operating system and passes Win32 messages to the engine.
On Windows, Flutter uses exactly the same Dart code, but takes advantage of native Windows APIs.
A list of some Windows packages, including USB support, maps, web, serial port, file selection, window management, TensorFlow, credential management, battery, WMI, printer, screen capture and network connectivity.
There are already hundreds of packages that have been adapted to support Flutter apps built for Windows.
Some early community examples of Windows apps built with Flutter, including Harmonoid and Rows.

Microsoft and Flutter

We asked the Windows team if they’d be willing to share a few words about Flutter’s support. Here’s what Kevin Gallo, Corporate Vice President for Windows Developer Platform at Microsoft, has to say:

A diagram showing how accessibility aids can be of use to a wide audience, in three categories: permanent impairments such as blindness or deafness; temporary conditions such as an arm injury or cataract; or situational needs such as a new parent who is holding a baby with one arm, or a driver who is unable to look at a screen.
Narrator, a screen reader app built into Windows, works well with Flutter apps.

An ecosystem of tools for Windows development

Our tooling partners are also adding support for Windows. To highlight a few:

  • FlutterFlow, the low-code Flutter app design tool, is announcing support today for Windows, along with features to help Flutter developers build apps tailored for desktop usage.
  • Realm is a super-fast local data store. The latest version, shipping today, now supports building Windows apps with Flutter, with fast access to the underlying database using Dart FFI, adding to their existing support for mobile platforms like iOS and Android.
  • Nevercode has updated their Codemagic CI/CD tool to support Windows, enabling you to test and build your Windows apps in the cloud and automate deployment of your app to the Microsoft Store.
  • Syncfusion have updated their suite of widgets to take full advantage of Windows. If you subscribe to their toolkit, you’ll find data visualization components like treemaps and charting, a rich data grid widget, calendars and even support for PDF creation and Excel spreadsheets.
  • Lastly, Rive announced today an upcoming Windows version of their popular graphics tooling suite, allowing designers and developers to create interactive vector animations that can respond to code in real time using a state machine. The upcoming Windows edition of their app offers screaming fast performance and a lower memory footprint, and will be available soon in the Microsoft Store for download.
A screenshot of Rive, a motion design tool that is written in Flutter and produces output that can be embedded into any Flutter app.
Rive, coming soon to the Microsoft Store on Windows.

Windows support arrives in Flutter 2.10

Stable, production-quality support for building Windows apps is available as part of Flutter 2.10, which releases today. Flutter 2.10 also includes many other features, performance improvements and bug fixes, which are covered in more detail in a separate blog post.

An image of the Dart mascot, Dash. She is sitting behind a laptop computer with a Flutter logo. We can’t see it, but she’s looking at a Windows app built in Flutter!



Flutter is Google's mobile UI framework for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS, Android, web, and desktop. Flutter works with existing code, is used by developers and organizations around the world, and is free and open source. Learn more at https://flutter.dev

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Tim Sneath

PM/UX Director for developer frameworks and languages at Google, including Flutter, Dart, and Go.