# Getting Started with Flutter

This integration guide is following the Quick Start Guide. We assume that you have fully completed its "Hands-on" path, and therefore can consume the API by browsing this url (opens new window).

If you haven't gone through the Quick Start Guide, the way you request a Strapi API with Flutter (opens new window) remains the same except that you will not fetch the same content.

# Create a Flutter application

Be sure to have Flutter installed (opens new window) on your computer.

flutter create flutterapp
cd flutterapp

# Use an HTTP client

We'll use http (opens new window) for making HTTP requests.

  • Update the pubspec.yaml file with the following:
...
dependencies:
  flutter:
    sdk: flutter



  # The following adds the Cupertino Icons font to your application.
  # Use with the CupertinoIcons class for iOS style icons.
  cupertino_icons: ^1.0.0
  http: ^0.12.2
...
  • Install your dependencies by running the following command:
flutter pub get

# GET Request your collection type

Execute a GET request on the restaurant Collection Type in order to fetch all your restaurants.

Be sure that you activated the find permission for the restaurant Collection Type.

Request

Map<String,String> headers = {
  'Content-Type':'application/json',
  'Accept': 'application/json'
};

var response = await http.get(
  'http://localhost:1337/restaurants',
  headers: headers
);

print(response.body)

Response

[
  {
    "id": 1,
    "name": "Biscotte Restaurant",
    "description": "Welcome to Biscotte restaurant! Restaurant Biscotte offers a cuisine based on fresh, quality products, often local, organic when possible, and always produced by passionate producers.",
    "created_by": {
      "id": 1,
      "firstname": "Paul",
      "lastname": "Bocuse",
      "username": null
    },
    "updated_by": {
      "id": 1,
      "firstname": "Paul",
      "lastname": "Bocuse",
      "username": null
    },
    "created_at": "2020-07-31T11:37:16.964Z",
    "updated_at": "2020-07-31T11:37:16.975Z",
    "categories": [
      {
        "id": 1,
        "name": "French Food",
        "created_by": 1,
        "updated_by": 1,
        "created_at": "2020-07-31T11:36:23.164Z",
        "updated_at": "2020-07-31T11:36:23.172Z"
      }
    ]
  }
]

# POST Request your collection type

Execute a POST request on the restaurant Collection Type in order to create a restaurant.

Be sure that you activated the create permission for the restaurant Collection Type and the find permission for the category Collection type.

In this example a japanese category has been created which has the id: 3.

Request

Map<String,String> headers = {
  'Content-Type':'application/json',
  'Accept': 'application/json'
};

var response = await http.post(
  'http://localhost:1337/restaurants',
  headers: headers,
  body: jsonEncode({
    'name': 'Dolemon Sushi',
    'description': 'Unmissable Japanese Sushi restaurant. The cheese and salmon makis are delicious.',
    'categories': [3]
  });
);

Response

{
  "id": 2,
  "name": "Dolemon Sushi",
  "description": "Unmissable Japanese Sushi restaurant. The cheese and salmon makis are delicious",
  "created_by": null,
  "updated_by": null,
  "created_at": "2020-08-04T09:57:11.669Z",
  "updated_at": "2020-08-04T09:57:11.669Z",
  "categories": [
    {
      "id": 3,
      "name": "Japanese",
      "created_by": 1,
      "updated_by": 1,
      "created_at": "2020-07-31T11:36:23.164Z",
      "updated_at": "2020-07-31T11:36:23.172Z"
    }
  ]
}

# PUT Request your collection type

Execute a PUT request on the restaurant Collection Type in order to update the category of a restaurant.

Be sure that you activated the put permission for the restaurant Collection Type.

Request

Map<String,String> headers = {
  'Content-Type':'application/json',
  'Accept': 'application/json'
};

var response = await http.put(
  'http://localhost:1337/restaurants/2',
  headers: headers,
  body: jsonEncode({
    'categories': [2]
  });
);

Response

{
  "id": 2,
  "name": "Dolemon Sushi",
  "description": "Unmissable Japanese Sushi restaurant. The cheese and salmon makis are delicious",
  "created_by": null,
  "updated_by": null,
  "created_at": "2020-08-04T10:21:30.219Z",
  "updated_at": "2020-08-04T10:21:30.219Z",
  "categories": [
    {
      "id": 2,
      "name": "Brunch",
      "created_by": 1,
      "updated_by": 1,
      "created_at": "2020-08-04T10:24:26.901Z",
      "updated_at": "2020-08-04T10:24:26.911Z"
    }
  ]
}

# Conclusion

Here is how to request your Collection Types in Strapi using Dart/Flutter. When you create a Collections Type or a Single Type you will have a certain number of REST API endpoints available to interact with.