Flutter IDE

IDEs (integrated development environments) are software tools that allow users to generate and edit text files. Editors are commonly used in the development field to refer to source code editors, which have a variety of functions for writing and modifying code.

Any text editor that can easily connect with our command-line tools can be used to construct Flutter apps. However, for a better experience, editor plugins (IDE) are advised. Syntax highlighting, code completion, widget editing assistance, run & debug support, and many other capabilities are included in these plugins. Flutter has a number of IDEs that may be used to create apps. Some of them are covered here, but if you choose to use a different editor, you can do so.



DartPad is a web-based application that allows users to experiment with the Dart programming language. It’s fantastic not to have to download anything – just go to the website and start coding in Dartlang right away!

Important points

  • It’s open-source (which means it’s free!)
  • There’s no need to download anything because it’s all done in the browser.
  • Dart:* libraries for web apps are supported.
  • Dart:io and libraries from packages are not supported.
  • DartPad can be embedded on web sites.
  • Can simply share Dart code to others via links
  • Other downloadable IDEs have more features than this one.

IntelliJ IDEA


IntelliJ IDEA now supports so many languages that it’ll be surprising if it doesn’t work with anything you’re trying to create. Due to its abundance of plugins and all-around built-in feature set, it’s quickly becoming a favourite IDE for many, and it’s a clear frontrunner if you’re planning to create with Dart.

Important considerations

  • Community Edition is completely free (good enough if you just want Dart with its other base features)
  • The Ultimate Edition costs $149.00 for the first year, $119.00 for the second year, and $89.00 for the third year and onwards.
  • Basically, if you just want to get started with Dart, start with Community Edition – if there are features you want, see if Ultimate offers them, and then decide whether you want to pay for it.
  • Dart code completion, formatting, navigation, intentions, refactorings, and other smart coding aid
  • Integrated debugger
  • The Dart Analysis Server’s integration with pub suggests ways to automatically correct specific code bugs.

Android Studio


It’s essentially an IDE for Android development. Consider using a different IDE if your app isn’t for Android. To make things easier, I also have some additional news: it’s basically IntelliJ IDEA. As a result, the main advantages and disadvantages that apply to IDEA also apply here.

Important points

  • Free
  • The remainder of the points are essentially the same as for IntelliJ IDEA.
  • Dart code completion, formatting, navigation, intentions, refactorings, and other smart coding aid
  • Integrated debugger
  • Provides suggestions for how to automatically resolve specific code bugs.

Visual Studio Code (VSCode)


VSCode is one of the market leaders in general because it is backed by a reputable firm in Microsoft and has a relatively high degree of growth and support. Development can be completed in 10 minutes or less using a simple Dart plugin.

Important considerations

  • Free
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Code completion
  • Realtime errors/warnings/TODOs
  • Documentation in hovers/tooltips
  • Pub Get Packages command
  • Pub Upgrade Packages command
  • Type Hierarchy
  • etc. — find out more at Dart Code, the plugin site for VSCode



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