This quickstart guide describes how to create and run your first Flutter app on iOS or Android.
- Before you begin
- Creating your first Flutter app
- Running your Flutter app
- Quickly viewing source code changes with ‘hot reload’
- Next steps
Before you begin
To write Flutter apps, you will need to install the Flutter SDK. You also need to set up a Windows, macOS, or Linux development machine to run and test your apps on Android or iOS. See Flutter Setup for instructions on how to set up your development environment.
Creating your first Flutter app
To create a starter project, open a terminal and run the
flutter create <project name> command .
Here is an example:
$ flutter create myapp
The above command creates a Flutter project directory called
myapp that contains a simple demo
app that uses Material Design.
In the project directory, the code for your app is in
Running your Flutter app
flutter run command to run your Flutter app on a connected
device or simulator.
To run your app from the command-line:
- Open a terminal and change directories to the root of your app (the same directory that
pubspec.yamlfile for your project).
- Run the following command. Once the
fluttertool is running, if you change the app’s source code, you can hit
rto hot-reload your application (updating the source on the fly without actually restarting the entire app).
$ cd myapp $ flutter run
If more than one device is connected, use the
flutter devices command
to get their IDs, and then
flutter run -d deviceID to run your app.
- In IntelliJ, click Create New Project from the Welcome window or File > New > Project… from the main IDE window.
- Select Flutter in the menu, and click Next.
- Under Project location enter, or browse to, the directory holding your new Flutter app.
- Click Finish.
- Click the Run icon in the toolbar, or invoke the menu item Run > Run.
If everything works, you should see your starter app on your device or simulator.
Quickly viewing source code changes with ‘hot reload’
Flutter offers a fast development cycle with hot reload, the ability to reload the code of a live running app without restarting or losing app state. Simply make a change to your source code, tell your IDE or command-line tool that you want to hot reload, and see the change in your simulator, emulator, or device.
To edit your code and hot reload changes:
- Run your app with ‘Run’ or ‘Debug’.
- Make desired changes in your source code (without stopping the app).
- Click the Hot Reload button (the button with the lightning bolt icon).
A more detailed detailed description on how to use the IntelliJ plugin and which changes are supported by the hot reload feature can be found on the page Developing apps in the IntelliJ IDE.
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