asdf Flutter version manager (MacOS/ Linux)
Without a doubt, Flutter is a framework that is constantly changing. And as developers, we need to be ready and have more than one version installed at the same time.
One of the most famous solutions for this problem is Flutter Version Manager by leofarias. I personally used this solution for several months, but I always had some problems with it.
A few weeks ago I came across asdf, which according to its documentation:
asdfis a tool version manager. All tool version definitions are contained within one file (
.tool-versions) which you can check in to your project's Git repository to share with your team, ensuring everyone is using the exact same versions of tools.
In a nutshell, it allows us to handle multiple versions of different tools (which I found interesting as it could be useful for other tools like:
How to use asdf with flutter?
Official docs: here
# MacOS with Homebrew
brew install asdf
# Check: https://asdf-vm.com/guide/getting-started.html#_1-install-dependencies
ASDF Flutter plugin
Once asdf is installed, we have to install the asdf flutter plugin
# Installs flutter-plugin for asdf
asdf plugin-add flutter
install/uninstall a version
# List all available flutter versions
asdf list all flutter
# Install a version
asdf install flutter <VERSION_NUMBER>
asdf install flutter 2.5.2-stable
# to uninstall
asdf uninstall flutter <VERSION_NUMBER>
Local and global version
# Defines a global flutter version to be used
asdf global flutter <VERSION_NUMBER>
# Defines a local flutter version to be used
asdf local flutter <VERSION_NUMBER>
Export to $PATH
To have access to the currently selected version, you need to export asdf flutter to
$PATH.In my case, I added the following line to my
export PATH="$PATH:$(asdf where flutter)/bin"
With this you will have access to the
dart commands from any terminal 👍.
... and dart?
dart is included by default with the
asdf flutter plugin. However, sometimes you need a different
dart version. This can be accomplished by running the same commands mentioned above, but substituting
# Install asdf-dart
asdf plugin-add dart https://github.com/patoconnor43/asdf-dart.git
# More info in: https://github.com/PatOConnor43/asdf-dart
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