Create Flutter boilerplate code with fewer typing with Android Studio Custom Live Templates

Flutter requires developers to write many boilerplate codes. Android Studio provides a way to solve the problem, which is Live Templates. Live templates allow you to use customized shorthand to write repetitive boilerplate codes. This article will show you how to use Live Templates to minimize the effort to write repeated code.

The image below shows how Live Templates work in Android Studio:

Creating Live Templates

Here are the steps to create Live Templates:

1. start Android Studio

2. open Live Templates Preferences (Editor |Live Templates)

3. create Live Template Group

4. select the new template group

5. create a Live Template

6. add abbreviation (the shorthand that you want to use)

7. add a description (optional)

8. add template text

9. define a context (Dart |Top Level)

10. Save the template

The result should look like the image below:


Live Templates contain variables that allow you to replace with values you can type or with a default value. For example $viewModel$ , $view$ . Edit variables allow customization to the variables. The image below shows the window of the Edit Template Variables:

Android Studio provides functions in the Expression tab to make variables more usable. Here is a list of functions that you may find useful:

  • camelCase(String)
  • capitalize(String)
  • fileName()
  • fileNameWithoutExtension()

Sharing Live Templates

Android Studio provides a way for you to share live templates with your teammates or different machines. Open Settings Repository (File | Manage IDE Settings | Settings Repository). Set the remote repository to sync settings with the IDE.

Flutter Enhancement Suite

Flutter Enhancement Suite is an Android Studio plugin that provides useful live templates. You can see more information on this link.

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