Getting started with Flutter Development

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Getting started with Flutter Development

1 hour 1 Credit


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Flutter is Google's UI toolkit for building beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase. Flutter works with existing code, is used by developers and organizations around the world, and is free and open source.

In this lab, you will create a Flutter app using generated template code. The basic Flutter interface provides a simple example to get started programming in Flutter.

A mobile, with the Welcome to Flutter app open and displaying the text 'Hello World'.

What you'll learn

  • How to write a Flutter app that looks natural on iOS, Android, and the web
  • Basic structure of a Flutter app
  • Finding and using packages to extend functionality
  • Using hot reload for a quicker development cycle


Based on the content, it is recommended to have some familiarity with:

  • Flutter
  • Dart


Before you click the Start Lab button

Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Google Cloud resources will be made available to you.

This hands-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access Google Cloud for the duration of the lab.

To complete this lab, you need:

  • Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
Note: Use an Incognito or private browser window to run this lab. This prevents any conflicts between your personal account and the Student account, which may cause extra charges incurred to your personal account.
  • Time to complete the lab---remember, once you start, you cannot pause a lab.
Note: If you already have your own personal Google Cloud account or project, do not use it for this lab to avoid extra charges to your account.

Task 1. Open the Code Server editor

In this lab, we will use a custom editor that includes the Flutter and Dart extensions. From the initial Qwiklabs panel:

The Qwiklabs panel, wherein the IDE and Live Server links are listed, along with the Copy icons.

  1. Copy the IDE value displayed.
  2. Paste the IDE value into the a new browser window.


Code Server Editor:
  • Based on VS Code
  • Supports Extensions

Task 2. Flutter extensions

Flutter extensions have been installed within the editor.

  • In the editor select the extensions icon:

    The Extensions panel, which includes a warning message and a list of installed extensions.


  • Flutter extension provides support for developing with the Flutter Framework
  • Dart language extension will automatically be installed as part of the Flutter extension

Task 3. Create a Flutter template

Note: The Flutter Framework enables the creation of multi-platform applications e.g. Android, iOS, Windows and Web.

In this section create a Flutter Web application called startup_namer.

  1. Click the navigation menu button (i.e. left hand side, three horizontal lines).
  2. Open a Terminal within the browser by selecting New Terminal:

The navigation path to the option New Terminal.

  1. In the terminal enter the following command:
flutter create startup_namer Note:

Flutter Create:
  • Generates a sample application based on a template.
  • Provides support for different platforms (e.g. Android, iOS and Web)
  • Hierarchy includes all the files required for a basic Flutter application
  1. Move to the startup namer directory:
cd startup_namer
  1. Close the terminal window:

The startup_namer directory and template code have now been created.

Task 4. Exploring the Flutter code

In this section edit the Flutter Web application. Use the editor to open the startup_namer directory created in the previous step.

Note: The editor will make helpful suggestions in relation to the extensions selected. These suggestions should be accepted.
  1. From the main panel select the Explorer Icon: The Explorer panel, which includes the Open Folder and Clone Repository buttons.

  2. Select the Open Folder option.

  3. Open the startup_namer folder:

  1. The editor view will change to the Folder view.

The Explorer panel, which now displays the STARTUP_NAMER folder and lists its contents.

  1. Explore the template code, especially the lib/main.dart and pubspec.yaml files.

At this point it is worth pointing out some information about the editor:


Code Server:
  • Generates a sample application based on a template.
  • Provides support for different platforms (e.g. Android, iOS and Web)
  • Hierarchy includes all the files required for a basic Flutter application
  • The lab focuses on building a Web application

Task 5. Running the Flutter Web application

In this section run the Flutter Web application from the command line.

  1. In the editor, open a terminal.
  2. Ensure the directory is set to startup_namer.

Flutter Web:
  • Uses a web server
  • Application will be run in the browser
  • Application will bind to the machine IP/PORT
  1. Run the Flutter web server:
  1. The running web server should look similar to below:

The running web server, which includes its status and requirements for debugging.

  1. Copy the Live Server from the Qwiklabs panel.

  2. Paste the address into a new browser tab.

  3. The browser will render the web application:

A mobile with the Flutter Demo Home Page displayed.

Feel free to interact with the running application.

Task 6. Flutter Hot reload

Flutter supports Hot reload which means changes can be made to the application dynamically.


Hot Reload:

In this section we use the Hot reload function to change the Title.

  1. In the editor, amend the file lib/main.dart.
  2. Look for class MyApp and find the Title field Flutter Demo Home Page.

The lib/main.dart code, which includes the homepage title in the class MyApp.

  1. Amend the HomePage title value on line 25 to the following:
Flutter is awesome!
  1. Save the editor changes made i.e. CTRL+S.

  2. The lib/main.dart code should now look similar to below:

The updated lib/main.dart code, which includes 'Flutter is awesome' as the title.

  1. Click in the open Terminal window, and press r:

The hot restart confirmation message.

  1. Switch to the Live Server browser tab.

  2. Press CTRL+R to reload the page.

Awesome work getting started with Flutter.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective. Assess my progress


You have successfully completed the lab and demonstrated your knowledge of Flutter. Over the course of this lab, you have performed the following tasks:

  • Installed the Flutter + Dart extensions
  • Developed a simple Flutter web application
  • Learned to use hot reload feature
  • Tested code updates in the web device

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Manual last updated October 14, 2022

Lab last tested June 23, 2022

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