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This package helps in creation of forms in Flutter by removing the boilerplate code, reusing validation, react to changes, and collect final user input.

Flutter Form Builder #

This package helps in creation of data collection forms in Flutter by removing the boilerplate needed to build a form, validate fields, react to changes and collect final user input.

Also included are common ready-made form input fields for FormBuilder. This gives you a convenient way of adding common ready-made input fields instead of creating your own FormBuilderField from scratch.

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Features #

  • Create a form with several type of inputs
  • Get values from form by easy way
  • Apply validators to inputs fields
  • React to form fields changes and validations
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Inputs #

The currently supported fields include:

  • FormBuilderCheckbox - Single checkbox field
  • FormBuilderCheckboxGroup - List of checkboxes for multiple selection
  • FormBuilderChoiceChip - Creates a chip that acts like a radio button.
  • FormBuilderDateRangePicker - For selection of a range of dates
  • FormBuilderDateTimePicker - For Date, Time and DateTime input
  • FormBuilderDropdown - Used to select one value from a list as a Dropdown
  • FormBuilderFilterChip - Creates a chip that acts like a checkbox
  • FormBuilderRadioGroup - Used to select one value from a list of Radio Widgets
  • FormBuilderRangeSlider - Used to select a range from a range of values
  • FormBuilderSlider - For selection of a numerical value on a slider
  • FormBuilderSwitch - On/Off switch field
  • FormBuilderTextField - A Material Design text field input

Parameters #

In order to create an input field in the form, along with the label, and any applicable validation, there are several attributes that are supported by all types of inputs namely:

Attribute Type Default Required Description
name String Yes This will form the key in the form value Map
initialValue T null No The initial value of the input field
enabled bool true No Determines whether the field widget will accept user input.
decoration InputDecoration InputDecoration() No Defines the border, labels, icons, and styles used to decorate the field.
validator FormFieldValidator<T> null No A FormFieldValidator that will check the validity of value in the FormField
onChanged ValueChanged<T> null No This event function will fire immediately the the field value changes
valueTransformer ValueTransformer<T> null No Function that transforms field value before saving to form value. e.g. transform TextField value for numeric field from String to num
The rest of the attributes will be determined by the type of Widget being used.

Use #

Setup #

No specific setup required: only install the dependency and use :)

Basic use #

final _formKey = GlobalKey<FormBuilderState>();

FormBuilder(
    key: _formKey,
    child:  FormBuilderTextField(
        name: 'text',
        onChanged: (val) {
            print(val); // Print the text value write into TextField
        },
    ),
)

See pub-web.flutter-io.cn example tab or github code for more details

Specific uses #

Validate and get values

final _formKey = GlobalKey<FormBuilderState>();

FormBuilder(
  key: _formKey,
  child: Column(
    children: [
      FormBuilderTextField(
        key: _emailFieldKey,
        name: 'email',
        decoration: const InputDecoration(labelText: 'Email'),
        validator: FormBuilderValidators.compose([
          FormBuilderValidators.required(),
          FormBuilderValidators.email(),
        ]),
      ),
      const SizedBox(height: 10),
      FormBuilderTextField(
        name: 'password',
        decoration: const InputDecoration(labelText: 'Password'),
        obscureText: true,
        validator: FormBuilderValidators.compose([
          FormBuilderValidators.required(),
        ]),
      ),
      MaterialButton(
        color: Theme.of(context).colorScheme.secondary,
        onPressed: () {
          // Validate and save the form values
          _formKey.currentState?.saveAndValidate();
          debugPrint(_formKey.currentState?.value.toString());

          // On another side, can access all field values without saving form with instantValues
          _formKey.currentState?.validate();
          debugPrint(_formKey.currentState?.instantValue.toString());
        },
        child: const Text('Login'),
      )
    ],
  ),
),

Building your own custom field

To build your own field within a FormBuilder, we use FormBuilderField which will require that you define your own field. Read this article for step-by-step instructions on how to build your own custom field.

var options = ["Option 1", "Option 2", "Option 3"];
FormBuilderField(
  name: "name",
  validator: FormBuilderValidators.compose([
    FormBuilderValidators.required(),
  ]),
  builder: (FormFieldState<dynamic> field) {
    return InputDecorator(
      decoration: InputDecoration(
        labelText: "Select option",
        contentPadding:
            EdgeInsets.only(top: 10.0, bottom: 0.0),
        border: InputBorder.none,
        errorText: field.errorText,
      ),
      child: Container(
        height: 200,
        child: CupertinoPicker(
          itemExtent: 30,
          children: options.map((c) => Text(c)).toList(),
          onSelectedItemChanged: (index) {
            field.didChange(options[index]);
          },
        ),
      ),
    );
  },
),

Programmatically changing field value

You can either change the value of one field at a time like so:

_formKey.currentState.fields['color_picker'].didChange(Colors.black);

Or multiple fields value like so:

_formKey.currentState.patchValue({
  'age': '50',
  'slider': 6.7,
  'filter_chip': ['Test 1'],
  'choice_chip': 'Test 2',
  'rate': 4,
  'chips_test': [
    Contact(
        'Andrew', 
        '[email protected]', 
        'https://d2gg9evh47fn9z.cloudfront.net/800px_COLOURBOX4057996.jpg',
    ),
  ],
});

Programmatically inducing an error

Using form state key or field state key
final _formKey = GlobalKey<FormBuilderState>();
final _emailFieldKey = GlobalKey<FormBuilderFieldState>();
...
FormBuilder(
  key: _formKey,
  child: Column(
    children: [
      FormBuilderTextField(
        key: _emailFieldKey,
        name: 'email',
        decoration: const InputDecoration(labelText: 'Email'),
        validator: FormBuilderValidators.compose([
          FormBuilderValidators.required(),
          FormBuilderValidators.email(),
        ]),
      ),
      ElevatedButton(
        child: const Text('Submit'),
        onPressed: () async {
          if(await checkIfEmailExists()){
            // Either invalidate using Form Key
            _formKey.currentState?.fields['email']?.invalidate('Email already taken');
            // OR invalidate using Field Key
            _emailFieldKey.currentState?.invalidate('Email already taken');
          }
        },
      ),
    ],
  ),
),

When use invalidate and validate methods, can use two optional parameters configure the behavior when invalidate field or form, like focus or auto scroll. Take a look on method documentation for more details

Using InputDecoration.errorText

Declare a variable to hold your error:

String _emailError;

Use the variable as the errorText within InputDecoration

FormBuilderTextField(
  name: 'email',
  decoration: InputDecoration(
    labelText: 'Email',
    errorText: _emailError,
  ),
  validator: FormBuilderValidators.compose([
      FormBuilderValidators.required(),
      FormBuilderValidators.email(),
  ]),
),

Set the error text

RaisedButton(
  child: Text('Submit'),
  onPressed: () async {
    setState(() => _emailError = null);
    if(await checkIfEmailExists()){
      setState(() => _emailError = 'Email already taken.');
    }
  },
),

Conditional validation

You can also validate a field based on the value of another field

FormBuilderRadioGroup(
  decoration: InputDecoration(labelText: 'My best language'),
  name: 'my_language',
  validator: FormBuilderValidators.required(),
  options: [
    'Dart',
    'Kotlin',
    'Java',
    'Swift',
    'Objective-C',
    'Other'
  ]
    .map((lang) => FormBuilderFieldOption(value: lang))
    .toList(growable: false),
  ),
  FormBuilderTextField(
    name: 'specify',
    decoration:
        InputDecoration(labelText: 'If Other, please specify'),
    validator: (val) {
      if (_formKey.currentState.fields['my_language']?.value ==
              'Other' &&
          (val == null || val.isEmpty)) {
        return 'Kindly specify your language';
      }
      return null;
    },
  ),

Implement reset, clear or other button into field

If you can add some button to reset specific field, can use the decoration parameter like this:

List<String> genderOptions = ['Male', 'Female', 'Other'];

FormBuilderDropdown<String>(
  name: 'gender',
  initialValue: 'Male',
  decoration: InputDecoration(
    labelText: 'Gender',
    suffix: IconButton(
      icon: const Icon(Icons.close),
      onPressed: () {
        _formKey.currentState!.fields['gender']
            ?.reset();
      },
    ),
    hintText: 'Select Gender',
  ),
  items: genderOptions
      .map((gender) => DropdownMenuItem(
            alignment: AlignmentDirectional.center,
            value: gender,
            child: Text(gender),
          ))
      .toList(),
),

Or reset value like this:

class ClearFormBuilderTextField extends StatefulWidget {
  const ClearFormBuilderTextField({super.key});

  @override
  State<ClearFormBuilderTextField> createState() =>
      _ClearFormBuilderTextFieldState();
}

class _ClearFormBuilderTextFieldState
    extends State<ClearFormBuilderTextField> {
  final ValueNotifier<String?> text = ValueNotifier<String?>(null);
  final textFieldKey = GlobalKey<FormBuilderFieldState>();

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return FormBuilderTextField(
      autovalidateMode: AutovalidateMode.always,
      name: 'age',
      key: textFieldKey,
      onChanged: (value) {
        text.value = value;
      },
      decoration: InputDecoration(
        labelText: 'Age',
        suffixIcon: ValueListenableBuilder<String?>(
          valueListenable: text,
          child: IconButton(
            onPressed: () => textFieldKey.currentState?.didChange(null),
            tooltip: 'Clear',
            icon: const Icon(Icons.clear),
          ),
          builder: (context, value, child) =>
              (value?.isEmpty ?? true) ? const SizedBox() : child!,
        ),
      ),
    );
  }
}

Support #

Contribute #

You have some ways to contribute to this packages

  • Beginner: Reporting bugs or request new features
  • Intermediate: Implement new features (from issues or not) and created pull requests
  • Advanced: Join to organization like a member and help coding, manage issues, dicuss new features and other things

See contribution file for more details

Questions and answers #

You can question or search answers on Github discussion or on StackOverflow

Donations #

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Roadmap #

Ecosystem #

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Thanks to #

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Publisher

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This package helps in creation of forms in Flutter by removing the boilerplate code, reusing validation, react to changes, and collect final user input.

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