Create zip file in dart

Create zip file in dart

Creating a zip file in Dart is not that hard. Though there are not many packages right now to work with, so far we have only two packages which we can use to create zip, tar and others in dart.

If you have not installed dart yet please go to my post here.

Visit Pub Dev where you can find all kinds of packages for Flutter and Dart. Some packages work with both Flutter and Dart but not all of them.

Go to and search zip you will find these two packages

  1. Archive, for Dart and Flutter.
  2. Flutter Archive for only Flutter project. 

In our case we will use the Archive package since we are testing in a console application. 

The Archive library currently supports the following decoders:

  • Zip (Archive)
  • Tar (Archive)
  • ZLib [Inflate decompression]
  • GZip [Inflate decompression]
  • BZip2 [decompression]

Add Archive package in your project 

With Dart

dart pub add archive

With Flutter

flutter pub add archive

Our pubspec.yaml

name: Create zip file in dart
description: A sample command-line application to create zip file
version: 1.0.0

  sdk: '>=2.10.0 <3.0.0'

  archive: ^3.1.2

  pedantic: ^1.9.0
  test: ^1.14.4

Our main zip.dart

import 'package:zip/zip.dart' as zip;

void main(List<String> arguments) {

and lib/zip.dart

import 'dart:io';

import 'package:archive/archive.dart';
import 'package:archive/archive_io.dart';

void createZip() {
  final logDir = Directory.current.path + '/log';
  final zipLocation = Directory.current.path + '/';

  var encoder = ZipFileEncoder();
  encoder.zipDirectory(Directory(logDir), filename: zipLocation);

  // Manually create a zip of a directory and individual files.
  encoder.create(Directory.current.path + '/');

Line number 10 creates a zip file in the destination file(line 8), from line 7 which is a directory containing few txt files.

You can create more zip file in the same encoder process, line 16 and more file line 17.

Download the source code from

Flutter app design resources for iOS and Android

List of flutter app design resources

iOS Design Resources

  1. Download SF Symbols
  2. iOS 14 and iPad OS 14 Sketch Library
  3. iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Sketch Kit
  4. iOS 14 nad iPad OS 14 XD Kit
  5. iOS 14 nad iPad OS 14 Photoshop Kit
  6. iOS 13 nad iPad OS 13 Sketch Library
  7. iOS 13 nad iPad OS 13 Keynote Kit
  8. App Store Marketing Guideline

Android Design Resources

  1. Google Play icon design specification
  2. Material Design
  3. Design Template Resources – Adobe Illustrator File
  4. Design Template Resources – Sketch File
  5. Design Template Resources – Photoshop File

MySQL and Maria DB connection with Dart language

MySQL and Maria DB connection with Dart language

Connect to MySQL or Maria DB server from Dart is very easy. We just need a couple of packages.

Create your pubspec.yaml and add mysqli as a dependency. And run

name: mysql
description: A sample command-line application.
# version: 1.0.0
# homepage:
# author: sminrana <[email protected]>

  sdk: '>=2.0.0 <3.0.0'

  mysql1: ^0.17.1

  test: ^1.0.0
pub get

Create a file name main.dart which looks like this

import 'dart:async';
import 'dart:io';

import 'package:mysql1/mysql1.dart';

Future main() async {
  final conn = await MySqlConnection.connect(ConnectionSettings(
      host: 'localhost', port: 3306, user: 'root', password: '1234', db: 'database_name'));

  // Create a table
  await conn.query(
      'CREATE TABLE users (id int NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, name varchar(255), email varchar(255), age int)');

  // Insert some data
  var result = await conn.query(
      'insert into users (name, email, age) values (?, ?, ?)',
      ['Bob', '[email protected]', 25]);
  print('Inserted row id=${result.insertId}');

  // Query the database using a parameterized query
  var results = await conn
      .query('select name, email from users where id = ?', [result.insertId]);
  for (var row in results) {
    print('Name: ${row[0]}, email: ${row[1]}');

  // Finally, close the connection
  await conn.close();

Here Future main async as an asynchronous dart main function which is required due to async call on line 7, here we must wait for await MySqlConnection to be finished its process.

Similarly we must wait for the task to be finished on line 12, we create a database table on this line.

Finally run the code by

dart main.dart

Hello World in Dart Programming Language

Read here if you haven’t yet install Dart in your system. Install Dart SDK on Mac, Windows and Linux.

Download Visual Studio code for your OS.

Install Dart plugin in your Visual Studio Editor. Just search Dart on your extensions page.

Hello World in Dart Programming Language

Now run this command on Mac ⌘ + Shift + P and type dart it will show this option to create a new project. Choose Console Application when it shows the Choose a Dart Template option.

After creating the project your file explorer will look like this on Visual Studio Code.

Under the bin directory, we are importing a library from lib directory which is being used as alias hello_world.

and then main function has a print function that has a text ‘Hello world’ and called calculate() function from hellow_world library.

The project can be found on github.

Read CSV file by Dart

Read CSV file by Dart language is easy. Make sure you have already installed Dart SDK, follow this tutorial if you haven’t Install Dart SDK on Mac, Windows and Linux

For this tutorial we are going to use Dart plugin on PHPStorm by JetBrains.  To install the plugin on Mac go to PHPStorm -> Preferences -> Plugins and search for ‘Dart’. See my screenshot.

Read CSV file by Dart

Few more plugins for Dart

Dart for Visual Studio Code   and Dart Plugin from JetBrains

After successfully install the plugin open PHPStorm and go to File -> New Project and choose Dart -> Console Application. See the screenshot.

Read CSV file by Dart

PHPStorm will give you a project structure like this. We won’t use the dummy dart library file from lib folder. We will use only main.dart file from bin folder.

Read CSV file by Dart

Delete all lines from main.dart file and paste this code. Run the code (bottom of the page) from PHPStorm it will print id, symbol and open column from each row of CSV file.

Download the CSV file for testing

import 'dart:io';
import 'dart:async';
import 'dart:convert';

main(List arguments) {
  final File file = new File("~/Downloads/C_stock_data.csv");

  Stream<List> inputStream = file.openRead();

      .transform(utf8.decoder)       // Decode bytes to UTF-8.
      .transform(new LineSplitter()) // Convert stream to individual lines.
      .listen((String line) {        // Process results.

       List row = line.split(','); // split by comma

        String id = row[0];
        String symbol = row[1];
        String open = row[2];
        String low = row[3];
        String high = row[4];
        String close = row[5];
        String volume = row[6];
        String exchange = row[7];
        String timestamp = row[8];
        String date = row[9];

        print('$id, $symbol, $open');

      onDone: () { print('File is now closed.'); },
      onError: (e) { print(e.toString()); });

Download project from github

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