Get started with Flutter in 30 minutes

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Flutter is a great Google SDK allowing effortless creation of mobile apps with native interfaces on iOS and Android. To install it follow the official installation instructions. Here are a few additional tips for Mac and Windows:

  • If you are using fish, add set PATH /Users/simonj/flutter/bin $PATH to your .config/fish/
  • For android emulation support install Androind Studio and create a new emulated device, lets call it Pixel_2_API_26. To launch the emulator, run ~/Library/Android/sdk/tools/emulator -avd Pixel_2_API_26 on Mac or C:\Users\<name>\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\emulator\emulator.exe -avd Pixel_2_API_26 on Windows.
  • Disabling Hyper-V may help if you experience Windows crashes when running Android emulator.
  • Some useful commands:
    • flutter doctor # helps to diagnose problems, install missing components, etc.
    • flutter build apk # builds apk
    • flutter install -d # installs apk to a device. to use your actual phone, mount the phone with usb debug enabled
    • flutter devices # to list devices
  • To use visual studio code, follow these instructions or just run code . from your flutter terminal/project and install Flutter and Dart plugins.
  • Check out awesome-flutter for example and inspiration!

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