Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Here we will discuss Flutter installation in Windows and MacOS

In this section, let us discuss how to install Flutter SDK and its requirement for windows system.

Step 1 − Go to URL, https://flutter.dev/docs/get-started/install/windows and download the latest Flutter (flutter_windows_v1.2.1-stable.zip)

Step 2 − Unzip the zip archive in a folder, let us say C:\flutter\

Step 3 − Update the system path i.e. environmental path to include flutter bin directory.

Step 4 − Flutter provides a tool, flutter doctor to check that all the requirement of flutter development is there or not.

flutter doctor

Step 5 − Running the above command will analyze the system and show its report as shown below

Doctor summary (to see all details, run flutter doctor -v):
[√] Flutter (Channel stable, v1.2.1, on Microsoft Windows [Version
10.0.17134.706], locale en-US)
[√] Android toolchain - develop for Android devices (Android SDK version
28.0.3)
[√] Android Studio (version 3.2)
[√] VS Code, 64-bit edition (version 1.29.1)
[!] Connected device
! No devices available
! Doctor found issues in 1 category.

The report says that all development tools are available but the device is not connected. So we can fix this by connecting an android device through USB or starting an android emulator.

Step 6 – Some time flutter will report to install the latest Android SDK then update Android SDK

Step 7 – If Android studio version is not supported  by flutter doctor install the latest Android Studio

Step 8 − Start an android emulator or connect a real android device to the system.

Step 9 − Install Flutter and Dart plugin for Android Studio. It provides  template to create new Flutter application, an option to run and debug Flutter application in the Android studio itself, etc.,

  • Open Android Studio.
  • Click File → Settings → Plugins.
  • Select the Flutter plugin and click Install.
  • Click Yes when prompted to install the Dart plugin.
  • Restart Android studio.

Installation in MacOS

To install Flutter on MacOS, you will have to follow the following steps −

Step 1 − Go to URL, https://flutter.dev/docs/get-started/install/macos and download latest Flutter SDK (flutter_macos_v1.2.1- stable.zip)

Step 2 − Unzip the zip archive in a folder, let us say /path/to/flutter

Step 3 − Update the system path to include flutter bin directory (in ~/.bashrc file).

> export PATH = "$PATH:/path/to/flutter/bin"

Step 4 − Enable the updated path in the current session using below command and verify it as well.

source ~/.bashrc
source $HOME/.bash_profile
echo $PATH

Flutter provides a tool, flutter doctor to check that all the requirement of flutter development is there or not. It is similar to the Windows.

Step 5 – If  XCode is older version the Install latest XCode

Step 6 –  Some time flutter will report to install the latest Android SDK then update Android SDK Step 7 – If Android Studio is older version the install latest Android Studio

Step 8 − Start an android emulator or connect a real android device to the system to develop android application.

Step 9 – Then open iOS simulator or connect a real iPhone device to the system to develop iOS application.

Step 10 − Install Flutter and Dart plugin for Android Studio. It provides the  template to create a new Flutter application, option to run and debug Flutter application in the Android studio itself, etc.,

  • Open Android Studio
  • Click Preferences → Plugins
  • Select the Flutter plugin and click Install
  • Click Yes when prompted to install the Dart plugin.
  • Restart Android studio

By Rajashekar

I’m (Rajashekar) a core Android developer with complimenting skills as a web developer from India. I cherish taking up complex problems and turning them into beautiful interfaces. My love for decrypting the logic and structure of coding keeps me pushing towards writing elegant and proficient code, whether it is Android, PHP, Flutter or any other platforms. You would find me involved in cuisines, reading, travelling during my leisure hours.

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