Flutter’s InheritedWidgets: Getting Started

Learn how to implement InheritedWidgets into your Flutter apps! In this tutorial, see how InheritedWidgets can be used to manage state with a weather app. By Wilberforce Uwadiegwu.

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Displaying Future Weather Data

Now, tap Forecast Report to see the weather report for the coming days. What happened? It just keeps loading, right? That’s because you haven’t connected the screen to WeatherService.

So, open weather_forecast_screen.dart inside the weather package, and add these import statements:

import 'weather_service.dart';
import '../location/location_data.dart';
import '../location/location_picker.dart';
import '../location/inherited_location.dart';

Then, add the following methods below build() of _WeatherForecastScreenState:

void didChangeDependencies() {

void fetchWeatherForecast(LocationData? loc) async {
  if (loc == null) return;
  forecasts = WeatherService.instance().getForecasts(loc);

In the AppBar in the Scaffold of the same _WeatherForecastScreenState, pass an actions property, like so:

appBar: AppBar(
  actions: const [LocationPicker()],

Rerun the project. Tap Forecast Report again, and you’ll see this:

Weather forecast screen

On the forecast screen, changing the location will update the weather data. If you return to the current weather screen, it’ll display the location you picked on the forecast screen and its weather data. That’s the power of InheritedWidget!

Where to Go From Here?

Congratulations on completing this tutorial!

The final directory contains the full code used in this tutorial, and you can find it in the zipped file you downloaded earlier. You can still download it by clicking the Download materials button at the top or bottom of this tutorial.

In this tutorial, you learned about InheritedWidgets and how it differs from a stateless and a stateful widget. You also got your hands dirty by propagating the location state with InheritedLocation and managing it with LocationProvider. You can learn more about InheritedWidget by watching InheritedWidgets | Decoding Flutter from the Flutter team.

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