Flutter Navigation Drawer

The concept to be discussed here is Navigation Drawer in Flutter.

What is a Navigation Drawer?

A NavigationDrawer is a widget that allows us render navigation items in a sidebar with an optional user account profile. Navigation Drawer usually renders items in a ListView or ExpandableList. It usually has a header where we can display user account details like name, email, profile avatar et.

When a single navigation drawer item is clicked you navigate to a page or what we are calling fragments in this case.

When to use NavigationDrawer

Use navigation drawer when you have more items than can fit comfortably in a tabbar or bottomnavigation. Or if you find navigation drawer more intuitive to use of course.


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1 Example

  1. Flutter Navigation Drawer – Fragments with GridViews

    Flutter Navigation Drawer Tutorial and Example

    This is a flutter navigation drawer tutorial with a full example. We start by discussing what navigation drawer is, when to use then look at a full example with fragments containing gridviews.

    We will explore an example where we will render a navigation drawer with header containing user name, email as well as avatar. We will show a user image as avatar. We will also show a navigation drawer background image.


    Flutter NavigationDrawer

    Flutter NavigationDrawer

    Then when the user clicks a single navigation drawer item we will open an associated fragment or page. That fragment will contain gridviews with some data.

    We have three files:

    1. Fragments.dart – To define our Fragment classes. These are just stateless widgets.
    2. Home.dart – This is our home page. It’s also where we define our navigation drawer.
    3. main.dart – The classic main file with our main method. Entry point to our application.
    (a). Fragments.dart
    import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
      //Let's create a reusable method that can render GridView as long as it passed a
      //a BuildContext as well as list of strings
      Widget createGridView(BuildContext context,List<String> cosmicBodies) {
        //I will shuffle my data
       // Then build my GridView and return it
        return new GridView.builder(
          itemCount: cosmicBodies.length,
          gridDelegate: new SliverGridDelegateWithFixedCrossAxisCount(crossAxisCount: 2),
          itemBuilder: (BuildContext context, int index) {
            return new GestureDetector(
              child: new Card(
                elevation: 5.0,
                child: new Container(
                  alignment: Alignment.centerLeft,
                  margin: new EdgeInsets.only(top: 10.0, bottom: 10.0,left: 10.0),
                  child: new Text(cosmicBodies[index]),
    //Create Meteors Fragment. This will contains a gridview with our meteors
    class Meteors extends StatelessWidget {
      Widget build(BuildContext context) {
        var meteors = ["Tunguska","Crab Pulsar","Geminga","Calvera","Vela X-1","Gaspra",
        return createGridView(context, meteors);
    //Create Moons Fragment. This will contains a gridview with our moons
    class Moons extends StatelessWidget {
      Widget build(BuildContext context) {
        var moons =  ["Phobos","Deimos","Moon","Triton","Proteus","Oberon","Umbriel","Ariel","Titan",
        return createGridView(context, moons);
    //Create Stars Fragment. This will contains a gridview with our stars
    class Stars extends StatelessWidget {
      Widget build(BuildContext context) {
        var stars = ["UY Scuti","VY Cani Majoris","VV Cephei","KY Cygni","Aldebaran","Canopus",
        "Sirius","Vega","Alpha Pegasi","Bellatrix","Pollux","Betelgeuse","Naos","Arcturus","Polaris",
          "Rigel","Deneb","Wezen","Antares","Eya Caninae"];
        return createGridView(context, stars);
    //Create Galaxies Fragment. This will contains a gridview with our galaxies
    class Galaxies extends StatelessWidget {
      Widget build(BuildContext context) {
        var galaxies = ["Messier 87","Andromeda","Sombrero","Whirlpool","Pinwheel","Milky Way",
        "Cartwheel", "Black Eye Galaxy","Star Bust","Centaurus","Triangulum","Sunflower",
        "Caldwell","Tadpole","Hoag's Object","Mallin 1","NGC 262","IC 1101"];
        return createGridView(context, galaxies);
    (b). Home.dart
    import 'package:mr_nav_drawer/pages/Fragments.dart' as Fragments;
    import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
    //Let's define a DrawerItem data object
    class DrawerItem {
      String title;
      IconData icon;
      DrawerItem(this.title, this.icon);
    // Our Homepage
    class HomePage extends StatefulWidget {
      //Let's define our drawer items, strings and images
      final drawerItems = [
        new DrawerItem("Meteors", Icons.strikethrough_s),
        new DrawerItem("Moons", Icons.place),
        new DrawerItem("Stars", Icons.stars),
        new DrawerItem("Galaxies", Icons.gavel)
      //Let's Create and Return state for this 'StatefulWidget'
      State<StatefulWidget> createState() {
        return new HomePageState();
    // Let's define state for our homepage. A state is just information for a widget.
    class HomePageState extends State<HomePage> {
      int _selectedDrawerIndex = 0;
      //Let's use a switch statement to return the Fragment for a selected item
      _getDrawerFragment(int pos) {
        switch (pos) {
          case 0:
            return new Fragments.Meteors();
          case 1:
            return new Fragments.Moons();  
          case 2:
            return new Fragments.Stars();
          case 3:
            return new Fragments.Galaxies();
            return new Text("Error");
      //Let's update the selectedDrawerItemIndex the close the drawer
      _onSelectItem(int index) {
        setState(() => _selectedDrawerIndex = index);
        //we close the drawer
      Widget build(BuildContext context) {
        List<Widget> drawerOptions = [];
        //Let's create drawer list items. Each will have an icon and text
        for (var i = 0; i < widget.drawerItems.length; i++) {
          var d = widget.drawerItems[i];
            new ListTile(
              leading: new Icon(d.icon),
              title: new Text(d.title),
              selected: i == _selectedDrawerIndex,
              onTap: () => _onSelectItem(i),
        //Let's scaffold our homepage
        return new Scaffold(
          appBar: new AppBar(
            // We will dynamically display title of selected page
            title: new Text(widget.drawerItems[_selectedDrawerIndex].title),
          // Let's register our Drawer to the Scaffold
          drawer: new Drawer(
            child: new Column(
              children: <Widget>[
                //Lets Create a material design drawer header with account name, email,avatar
                new UserAccountsDrawerHeader(
                    accountName: new Text("Oclemy"),
                    accountEmail: new Text("oclemmi@gmail.com"),
                    currentAccountPicture: new CircleAvatar(backgroundImage:
                     new AssetImage("assets/profile.png"),),
                decoration: new BoxDecoration(
                  image: new DecorationImage(
                    image: new AssetImage("assets/bg.jpg"),
                    fit: BoxFit.cover
                new Column(children: drawerOptions)
          body: _getDrawerFragment(_selectedDrawerIndex),
    (c). main.dart
    import 'package:mr_nav_drawer/pages/Home.dart';
    import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
    //Lastly we come to our main app
    class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
      // This is the root of our application.
      Widget build(BuildContext context) {
        return new MaterialApp(
          title: 'Mr NavigationDrawer',
          theme: new ThemeData(
            primarySwatch: Colors.deepOrange,
          home: new HomePage(),
    //Then we run our app
    void main() => runApp(new MyApp());

    Download the source code here.

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