How to Update an Existing App in Flutter

- Andrés Cruz

En español

If you're a mobile app developer, chances are you've worked with Flutter, the popular cross-platform app development framework. As Flutter evolves and is updated, it is important to keep applications updated to take advantage of the latest features and improvements and also to make preventive fixes as new versions are released. In this article, we will explore how to update an existing app in Flutter and some tips to do it effectively.

1. Check the Current Version of Flutter

Before you begin, check the current version of Flutter in your project. Open a terminal and run the following command:

flutter --version

This will show you the current version of Flutter installed on your system. If you don't have the latest version, update Flutter by running:

flutter upgrade

2. Update the pubspec.yaml File

The pubspec.yaml file is essential for managing your application's dependencies. Open this file in your code editor and look for the dependencies section. This is where you specify the libraries and packages used in your project.

Update Dependencies: Check if updates are available for your application's dependencies. You can check the page to check the latest versions of the packages you use. Update the versions in your pubspec.yaml file as necessary, this step is optional depending on how you develop your applications in Flutter, if you do not put a version for the packages, you do not have to do anything in this step.

3. Run flutter pub get

After updating the dependencies in the pubspec.yaml file, run the following command in the terminal:

flutter pub get

This will download the latest versions of the dependencies and integrate them into your project, also if you use VSC you can open the aforementioned file and press Control + S.

As a recommendation, you can unversion all dependencies so that it downloads the latest versions of the packages you want to update.

4. Check Compatibility

Before implementing changes, verify that your application is still compatible with the new versions of dependencies. Run your application and perform exhaustive tests to make sure that everything works as expected, usually this step is not very necessary since if there is a change in any of the packages, the app will simply run it in the emulator and will clearly tell you which one. is the error that is happening, so that the application is launched successfully by the emulator is a good sign that could indicate that the app did not suffer any problem when updating the packages, even so, it is a good idea to execute the unit tests or simply test the app.

5. Update the Code

If there are specific changes to your code related to updates, make sure you implement them correctly. This may include syntax adjustments, method updates, or changes to your application logic.

Andrés Cruz

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