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Getting started with Flutter

Create your first Flutter app and publish it to GitHub

In this lesson learn to

  • Create a new Flutter project
  • Initialize git and make your first commit
  • Publish the repository to GitHub
  • Set up GitHub Actions to run the analyzer

Creating a new Flutter project

To create a new Flutter project, we can use the flutter create command.

flutter create --org dev.appwriters -e flappwrite_tracker

This will create a new Flutter project called flappwrite_tracker. --org is used to specify the organization name and -e is used to specify the application template with main.dart that is minimal, without comments as a starting point.

Initializing git

Open the project folder on VS Code.

  • Click on the Source Control icon in the side panel.
  • Click on Initialize Repository button to initialize git.
  • Click on + to stage all the changes
  • Enter a commit message on the input field.
  • Click on the checkmark icon to commit the changes.

You can also do the same thing using the terminal.

# initialize git
git init

# stage all the changes
git add .

# make the first commit
git commit -m "First commit"

Publishing to GitHub

The easiest way to publish repository is to use the Publish button on the Source Control panel.

You can also do the same thing using the terminal.

  • Create a new repository on GitHub.
# add the remote repository
git remote add origin[username]/flutter_appwrite.git

# push to remote repository
git push -u origin master

Analyzer GitHub Action

GitHub Actions is a CI/CD service that can be used to automate workflows.

  • We will use GitHub Actions to run the analyzer.
  • Create a new file called analyzer.yml in the .github/workflows
name: Analyze

    branches: ["main"]
    branches: ["main"]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - name: Checkout code
        uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - name: Set up Flutter
        uses: subosito/flutter-action@v1
      - name: Pub get
        run: flutter pub get
      - name: Analyze
        run: flutter analyze
  • This tells the GitHub to run the analyzer on every push to the main branch as well as on every pull request to the main branch.
  • The analyzer will checkout the code,
  • Set up Flutter
  • Run flutter pub get to install the dependencies
  • Run flutter analyze to analyze the code.

Commit the change and push it to GitHub. You will see that the analyzer is running.

You are currently learning Flutter & Appwrite. An ultimate course to build cross-platform applications using Flutter - the cross-platform application development framework by Google and Appwrite - the open source backend as a service.