Summary: Want to make your design to code handoff smooth? Learn how to convert your Figma design to Flutter code using the DhiWise Flutter app builder. Understand more about the Figma and Flutter technology and Figma to Flutter conversion with our step-by-step guide._
Today for every organization building an exclusive app has become indispensable. To reach out to potential customers, businesses are making huge investments in mobile app development as the number of mobile app users is consistently growing worldwide.
However, building a successful mobile application isn’t a cakewalk; there are multiple things you need to consider during app development, such as planning, designing, coding, testing, and maintenance.
Among them, converting your design to code is the most frustrating and time-consuming task for developers unfamiliar with the design world.
Figma is a popular web-based vector graphics editor and prototyping tool. It comes with additional functionalities supported by desktop applications for macOS and Windows.
It allows mobile users to view Figma prototypes in real time using Figma mirror companion apps for Android and iOS. It enables designers and developers to create UI and wireframing for web and mobile apps.
Flutter is an open-source Google UI toolkit to develop beautiful, natively compiled apps for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Google Fuchsia, and the web from a single codebase.
Flutter is among the top software repositories. Based on the Github stars. There are over 100,000 apps scripted using Flutter since its first launch. One of the most notable apps is Xianyu, created by the Alibaba team, which 50 million people use.
Though translating UI/UX design to Flutter is one of the frustrating and time-consuming parts of app development, DhiWise helps you to bridge the gap between designing and development with its Flutter Builder.
It enables developers to convert Figma design to responsive Flutter code in a few steps.
Let’s learn how to translate the beautiful Figma design into an excellent Flutter app code with DhiWise Flutter Builder.
Here is the step-by-step guide to generate Flutter code:
To convert your Figma design to Flutter code, first, you need to sign up on DhiWise. You can directly sign up with a Google, GitHub, or Discord account.
Once the account is created, you will be directed to the Dashboard where you can search and view the created applications.
To create a new application, click New application, and select Create a new app from the drop-down.
This will open a Create a new app pop-up window where you need to provide the Application name, Technology, Design platform, Figma account, and the Figma file URL to start creating your app. For the Figma Account, you would have to attach a Figma account of yours by clicking on Add new account and paste the Figma file link for the Figma URL.
Note: For now, DhiWise only supports Figma designs. For the designs in Adobe XD, and Sketch you need to put in a request to migrate them, and DhiWise shall be providing the Figma file for the same within 24 to 48 hours.
Once you fill in all the details for your app click Create a new app. A new pop-up window will appear where you can select the app screens/pages using which you want to create an app from the Figma URL you provided.
Select the screens/pages you want to import and click Submit.
DhiWise will start fetching all the design resources from the Figma file, as shown below.
While DhiWise is fetching data it allows developers to set up some configurations or move to the next step, to save their time, which they can also do later from Setting.
After the data is being fetched, the platform will confirm if you are setting up the configurations. Click Wait and set up config will take you back to the fetch data screen.
In the App setting, you can edit the package name, bundle id and app icon of your app.
On Next, if you wish to go with state management support, DhiWise Flutter Builder provides inbuilt support for the popular GetX, Provider, Riverpod, and BLoC libraries or you can also generate the UI code with stateless widgets for your app design.
Moreover, the platform comes with GitHub and GitLab integration as well as extensions for your favorite IDEs i.e., VS Code, Android Studio, and IntelliJ simplifying code sharing, collaboration, and management all from one place.
Now let's move to the screen list from here.
DhiWise Flutter Builder auto-identifies widgets, custom widgets, and auto-setup actions and validations from your provided design file.
Easily set the initial screen of the application and the screen to be opened after the splash screen.
Moreover, if there are any missing style assets, the platform will prompt you to upload the same to the platform. This will help you keep the app UI more accurate and eliminate the chances of UI overflow encounters in the future.
On the Screens you will see all the selected screens from your app design. To customize them, click Configure. The Configure option allows you to customize the UI, set actions on widgets, and edit styling.
DhiWise Flutter Builder provides a Smart Code Editor that allows you to edit UI similar to an IDE. You can view the auto-identified actions, add new actions, and set up the onReady lifecycle method from here.
Here is how you can set up the onReady lifecycle method.
The Styling option lets you update and create new color styles, update and upload new fonts, and add assets and strings.
In case you encounter any Figma design changes in the middle of UI customization, and want to bring those changes in DhiWise, they can easily be synchronized without affecting the UI using the Sync design changes option.
Next, you can integrate APIs to set up connections with the server. The platform lets you add, view, edit, and delete the APIs.
To add a new API, you can either upload a Postman file from the existing Postman collection or create and add API manually with DhiWise API runner.
DhiWise simplifies adding constants to your code. It allows you to create and manage multiple constant files in the app.
Once you have done with the UI customization and styling, the changes can be previewed before generating the final code, also there is a facility to share the Preview link with others in your team.
Once your UI customization is done such as adding actions, setting up APIs, and more, you are ready to generate your app code.
Additionally, the Build app option allows you to generate the code with the desired state management library or without state management.
You shall get the structured Flutter Application code, with the following SDK version and the Libraries.
The platform generates clean code with reusable code components following a clean code structure. A code view will open as your app code is generated where you can copy code, download a single code file, see the version of your code, chosen state management library.
Besides code generation, the platform supports the generated code synchronization with VScode, Android Studio, and IntelliJ IDE. To sync your built project in IDE, install the plugin in your IDE and then copy-paste the application token into the plugin.
And that’s how your entire app can be created in just a few steps with all the functionalities you need!
Refer to DhiWise Docs to learn how you can achieve more using DhiWise to start building your amazing app.
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So, this is all about converting your design in Figma to Flutter code using DhiWise Flutter Builder. It will only take a few steps to transform the Figma design into Flutter code.
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