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Workarounds for common issues

Günter Zöchbauer edited this page Jan 24, 2019 · 13 revisions

Common issues Flutter developers might run into and recipes how to fix or work around.

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Flutter installation

Flutter installation corrupted

The Flutter install directory is in an inconsistent state and that causes all kinds of troubles.




Ways to fix

  • Run the following commands in the Flutter install directory:

git clean -xfd
git stash save --keep-index
git stash drop
git pull
flutter doctor

The git stash drop command drops customizations you might have made to the Flutter installation.

Flutter project files

Generated project files outdated



When a project is created with flutter create foo several files in the ios/ and android/ sub-directories are created.

Newer Flutter versions might generate these files a bit differently and projects created with older Flutter versions might cause issues.

Ways to fix

  • Delete the ios/ and android/ directories and run flutter create . to re-generate these directories.


Custom changes will be lost and need to be re-applied. This is easiest if the project is committed to a version control system like Git.

Pub dependencies

Corrupted cache

Especially with plugin packages it was seen several times that the package in the pub cache was corrupted.


Usually syntax errors at build time about code in dependencies.


Unknown. IDEs or editors used by developers might not prevent editing plugin files and when they navigate into plugin code they might accidentally modify the code.

Ways to fix

  • Run pub cache repair This might take quite some time and re-downloads every package in the cache, even outdated versions that might not be used anymore by any project on disk.

  • Delete ~/.pub-cache/hosted and/or ~/.pub-cache/git (for Git dependencies). This requires to run flutter packages get in all active projects on your machine afterwards.

  • Delete a specific package or package version. Look up the exact path in cache for a specific package in the .packages file of your project. For example for firebase_auth

    To fix this package delete ///Users/someuser/.pub-cache/hosted/ (lib/ removed) and run flutter packages get.


Flutter commands can not access the Internet

In a network where the Internet can only be reached through a proxy and Flutter commands fail.



Proxy setting incomplete or invalid.

(none yet)

Hot-reload not working

When a proxy is configured hot-reload does often not work.



Proxy setting incomplete or invalid. Localhost is redirected to the proxy.

Ways to fix

  • Set environment variable NO_PROXY=

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