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Flutter Single Child Layout Widgets

Layout Widgets are used that affect the positioning and presentation of their child widgets.

Earlier we mentioned that there are two main kinds of Layout Widgets:
Single-Child Layout Widgets and Multi-Child Layout Widgets.

We covered Multi-Child Layout Widgets in the previous chapter.

The purpose of this chapter is to cover Single-Child Layout Widgets.
These are Widgets that affect the layout of only one child Widget.
They are used to wrap a single child Widget and affect its presentation.

The Padding Widget is probably used most of all these and is used to affect the padding around its child widget.


Used all the time to add padding around a child Widget. It uses EdgeInset objects to specify the padding metrics around the child Widget.

Example – ‘padding’

This app allows the user click on an icon on the toolbar to cycle through the border insets.

Source Code

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
void main() => runApp(new MyApp());
class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
// This widget is the root of your application.
Widget build(BuildContext context) {
return new MaterialApp(
title: 'Flutter Demo',
theme: new ThemeData(
home: new HomeWidget(),
class HomeWidget extends StatefulWidget {
HomeWidget({Key key}) : super(key: key);
_HomeWidgetState createState() => new _HomeWidgetState();
class _HomeWidgetState extends State<HomeWidget> {
static const double TWENTY = 20.0;
static const List<String> _titles = [
"all 20.0",
"left 20.0",
"right 20.0",
"top 20.0",
"bottom 20.0",
"sym horiz 20.0",
"sym vert 20.0"
static const List<EdgeInsets> _edgeInsets = [
const EdgeInsets.all(TWENTY),
const EdgeInsets.only(left: TWENTY),
const EdgeInsets.only(right: TWENTY),
const EdgeInsets.only(top: TWENTY),
const EdgeInsets.only(bottom: TWENTY),
const EdgeInsets.symmetric(horizontal: TWENTY),
const EdgeInsets.symmetric(vertical: TWENTY)
int _index = 0;
final Container _childContainer = Container(color:;
void _next() {
setState(() {
if (_index >= _titles.length) {
_index = 0;
Widget build(BuildContext context) {
Padding padding =
Padding(padding: _edgeInsets[_index], child: _childContainer);
return Scaffold(
appBar: AppBar(
title: Text(_titles[_index]),
actions: [
new IconButton(
icon: new Icon(Icons.refresh), onPressed: () => _next())
body: Center(
child: Container(
child: padding,
decoration: BoxDecoration(
border: new Border.all(color: Colors.blueAccent)))));


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