13 Flutter: JSON Storage

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'dart:io';
import 'dart:convert'; //to convert json to maps and vice versa
import 'package:path_provider/path_provider.dart'; //add path provider dart plugin on pubspec.yaml file

void main() {
  runApp(new MaterialApp(
    home: new Home(),

class Home extends StatefulWidget {
  State createState() => new HomeState();

class HomeState extends State<Home> {

  TextEditingController keyInputController = new TextEditingController();
  TextEditingController valueInputController = new TextEditingController();

  File jsonFile;
  Directory dir;
  String fileName = "myJSONFile.json";
  bool fileExists = false;
  Map<String, String> fileContent; 

  void initState() {
    /*to store files temporary we use getTemporaryDirectory() but we need
    permanent storage so we use getApplicationDocumentsDirectory() */
    getApplicationDocumentsDirectory().then((Directory directory) {
      dir = directory;
      jsonFile = new File(dir.path + "/" + fileName);
      fileExists = jsonFile.existsSync();
      if (fileExists) this.setState(() => fileContent = JSON.decode(jsonFile.readAsStringSync()));

  void dispose() {

  void createFile(Map<String, String> content, Directory dir, String fileName) {
    print("Creating file!");
    File file = new File(dir.path + "/" + fileName);
    fileExists = true;

  void writeToFile(String key, String value) {
    print("Writing to file!");
    Map<String, String> content = {key: value};
    if (fileExists) {
      print("File exists");
      Map<String, String> jsonFileContent = json.decode(jsonFile.readAsStringSync());
    } else {
      print("File does not exist!");
      createFile(content, dir, fileName);
    this.setState(() => fileContent = JSON.decode(jsonFile.readAsStringSync()));

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return new Scaffold(
      appBar: new AppBar(title: new Text("JSON Tutorial"),),
      body: new Column(
        children: <Widget>[
          new Padding(padding: new EdgeInsets.only(top: 10.0)),
          new Text("File content: ", style: new TextStyle(fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),),
          new Text(fileContent.toString()),
          new Padding(padding: new EdgeInsets.only(top: 10.0)),
          new Text("Add to JSON file: "),
          new TextField(
            controller: keyInputController,
          new TextField(
            controller: valueInputController,
          new Padding(padding: new EdgeInsets.only(top: 20.0)),
          new RaisedButton(
            child: new Text("Add key, value pair"),
            onPressed: () => writeToFile(keyInputController.text, valueInputController.text),
name: tutorial
description: A new Flutter project.

    sdk: flutter
  path_provider: "^0.4.0"

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  # Use with the CupertinoIcons class for iOS style icons.
  cupertino_icons: ^0.1.0

    sdk: flutter

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