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Upgrading from package:flutter_web to the Flutter SDK

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This guide is for updating projects that currently use package:flutter_web to use the Flutter SDK.

Ensure you have Flutter >= 1.9

At the time of writing (September 13th, 2019), you'll need to switch to the dev channel to use web support in the Flutter SDK.

$ flutter channel dev
$ flutter upgrade

You can verify your flutter version using:

$ flutter version
Flutter 1.10.1 • channel dev •
Framework • revision ce45c2d3e6 (7 days ago) • 2019-09-06 20:11:41 -0400
Engine • revision b9ce2500d9
Tools • Dart 2.5.0 (build 2.5.0-dev.4.0 be66176534)

Enable web support

To enable web support you'll need to run the following command:

flutter config --enable-web

Clean up the web/ directory

You might have a web/main.dart file that looks like:

import 'package:flutter_web_ui/ui.dart' as ui;
import 'package:example/main.dart' as app;

main() async {
 await ui.webOnlyInitializePlatform();

Remove these files. An equivalent web/ directory will be created automatically in the next step.

Initialize the web/ directory

Flutter has a web runner that can be initialized using the flutter create command:

flutter create .

This should create a new web/index.html for your project.

Update the pubspec.yaml


  flutter_web: any
  flutter_web_ui: any


    sdk: flutter

Update the font configuration

Remove the FontManifest.json file and specify the fonts the standard way. See this cookbook article for an example.

If you're using FontManifest.json to enabled Material Design icons as described here, you can remove it and add the following to your pubspec.yaml:

  uses-material-design: true

Move the assets

Assets should be placed in a top-level assets/ directory and specified in the pubspec.yaml:

   - preview.png

Alternatively, an entire top-level directory can be used, for example, my_assets. In this configuration, the directory must be specified in the pubspec:

   - my_assets/

Change imports

Any Dart files using flutter_web should use package:flutter instead. For example:

import 'package:flutter_web/material.dart';
import 'package:flutter_web_ui/ui.dart';

Changes to:

import package:'flutter/material.dart';
import 'dart:ui';

Use Flutter SDK to run apps

Instead of using webdev serve or pub run build_runner serve, use flutter run -d chrome