The final example (A shopping cart app)

on Wednesday, 5th of August, 2020

There is no new information here, but rather an app that uses multiple providers, over multiple screens. That in mind, this lesson is broken down into two parts: the full app, running in DartPad, followed by some explanations for some of the parts that may be harder to grok.

Breaking down interesting parts

The app isn't all that interesting, but there are a few code examples that will help drive home the ideas of provider.

  • First, let's take a look at the models, so the rest of the code makes sense
// The product class does nothing fancy
class Product {
  final String name;
  final double cost;

  Product({, this.cost});

// This class tracks the products that 
// the user wants to buy, and it's a [ChangeNotifier]
class Cart with ChangeNotifier {
  List<Product> products = [];

  double get total {
    return products.fold(0.0, (double currentTotal, Product nextProduct) {
      return currentTotal + nextProduct.cost;

  void addToCart(Product product) => products.add(product);
  void removeFromCart(Product product) {

// The user class does nothing fancy.
class User {
  final String name;
  final Cart cart;

  User({, this.cart});

class Store {
  // Perhaps we're going to use a StreamProvider?
  StreamController<List<Product>> _streamController = StreamController<List<Product>>();
  Stream<List<Product>> get allProductsForSale =>;
  // rest of class

// This class is a singleton that mocks out two pieces of functionality:
// Logging in a user
// And fetching products from a realtime data base (like FireStore)
class MockDatabase {
  static final MockDatabase _instance = MockDatabase._internal();

  factory MockDatabase() {
    return _instance;


  Future<User> login() async {
    return await Future.delayed(Duration(seconds: 1), () {
      return User(name: 'Yohan', cart: Cart());

  // Imagine this is like calling Firestore.get('products').listen(...);
  // Anytime there are new products in the databse, they'll be pushed down
  // to the app.
  Stream<List<Product>> getProductsBatched() async* {
    List<Product> allProducts = [];

    var i = 0;
    while (i < 10) {
      await Future.delayed(Duration(seconds: 1), () {
      yield allProducts;
  // rest of class...

  • The app starts with a MultiProvider to provide some models to the entire app.
void main() async {
  // creating a use right off the bat is 
  // contrived so I can use a `.value` constructor.
  final user = await MockDatabase().login();

      providers: [
        // The user provider uses a value constructor because the value
        // already exists, and we want to make sure we're using the same user
        Provider<User>.value(value: user),

        // Store and Cart are both needed on the home page,
        // so they're provided right off the bat
        Provider<Store>(create: (_) => Store()),
        ChangeNotifierProvider<Cart>(create: (_) => Cart()),
      child: MyApp(),

Nothin' too fancy there. Let's move into the Scaffold.body property of the build method for the ProductsPage, where we're going to use a StreamProvider

// The StreamProvider is providing a single property from the Cart,
// not the Cart itself. Thus, StreamProvider<List<Product>>
body: StreamProvider<List<Product>>(
  initialData: [],
  // using Provider to fetch a model and return a property from it? Fancy!
  create: (_) => Provider.of<Store>(context).allProductsForSale,
  catchError: (BuildContext context, error) => <Product>[],
  // List equality has nothing to do with the elements in the list
  // Therefor, in order to tell Flutter that list has changed, we need to compare a 
  // property of the list that will be different when elements are added or removed.
  updateShouldNotify: (List<Product> last, List<Product> next) => last.length == next.length,
  builder: (BuildContext context, Widget child) {
    final items =<List<Product>>(); // rules
    return ListView.builder(
      itemCount: items.length,
      itemBuilder: (BuildContext context, int index) {
        if (items.isEmpty) {
          return Text('no products for sale, check back later');
        final item = items[index];
        return ListTile(
          title: Text( ?? ''),
          subtitle: Text('cost: ${item.cost.toString() ?? 'free'}'),
          trailing: Text('Add to Cart'),
          onTap: () {
            // notice that this calls a method on `Cart`, 
            // but Cart isn't used anywhere else on this page.
            // This is an example of one model being shared across screens,
            // And I promise its far easier than passing values from one 
            // screen to another during navigation
  • Lastly, let's peak at the other page:
class CartPage extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text(<User>().name + 's Cart'),
      // Consumer + a ChangeNotifier (cart) will ensure that 
      // That this portion of the tree rebuilds when Cart.notifyListeners() is called.
      body: Consumer<Cart>(
        builder: (BuildContext context, Cart cart, Widget child) {
          return Column(
            children: <Widget>[
                child: ListView.builder(
                  itemCount: cart.products.length,
                  itemBuilder: (BuildContext context, int index) {
                    if (cart.products.isEmpty) {
                      return Text('no products in cart');
                    final item = cart.products[index];
                    return ListTile(
                      title: Text( ?? ''),
                      subtitle: Text('cost: ${item.cost.toString() ?? 'free'}'),
                      trailing: Text('tap to remove from cart'),
                      onTap: () {
                        // is the easiest way to call 
                        // methods on a provided model
                alignment: Alignment.centerRight,
                child: Text(
                  // remember, allows you to 
                  // listen to specific properties, and ignore the rest of a class
                  'TOTAL: ${ c) =>}',
                  style: Theme.of(context).textTheme.headline3,

Hopefully this slightly more robust example shows you how different classes from Provider all work along side each-other, even across pages.

But, that's it. You've solved my Provider puzzle! Checkout Provider docs for even more classes and updates to the package.

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