Deploying a Flutter web application to a server is an essential step in making your app accessible to users worldwide. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deploying your Flutter web app to a server. Let’s get started!
Before we begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:
- Flutter SDK: Ensure that you have Flutter SDK installed on your local machine. If not, head over to the official Flutter website and follow the installation instructions for your operating system.
- Web Server: You will need a web server to host your Flutter web app. Common choices include Apache, Nginx, or Firebase Hosting.
- Domain and DNS Configuration: If you want to deploy your app using a custom domain name, ensure that you have purchased a domain and configured the DNS settings accordingly.
Step 1: Build Your Flutter Web App
The first step is to build your Flutter web app into static files that can be served by a web server. Open your terminal or command prompt and navigate to the root directory of your Flutter project.
To build the web app, run the following command:
$ flutter build web
Step 2: Choose Your Web Server
In this step, you need to choose a web server to host your Flutter web app. Here are three popular options:
- Apache HTTP Server: Apache is one of the most widely used web servers. If you choose Apache, make sure it is installed and running on your server.
Copy the contents of the “build/web” directory to the appropriate location within your Apache server’s document root.
- Nginx: Nginx is another popular web server known for its performance and scalability. If you prefer Nginx, install it on your server and copy the files from “build/web” to the appropriate location within Nginx’s document root.
- Firebase Hosting: Firebase Hosting is a powerful hosting platform provided by Google. If you want to use Firebase Hosting, follow their documentation on how to deploy a Flutter web app.
Step 3: Test Your Deployed App
Once you have deployed your Flutter web app to the server, it’s time to test if everything is working correctly. Open your web browser and enter the URL of your deployed app.
If you see your app running successfully in the browser, congratulations! You have successfully deployed your Flutter web app to a server.
In this tutorial, we discussed how to deploy a Flutter web app to a server. We covered building your app into static files using the Flutter SDK and choosing a suitable web server for hosting. Finally, we tested our deployed app in a browser to ensure everything was working correctly.
Now that you know how to deploy a Flutter web app, you can make your application accessible to users worldwide. Happy coding!