Meme App using API and Provider

Splash Screen

Home Screen         Adding Items        Cart Screen


Downloading Image      Empty Cart




Packages used:

Detailed description of implementation

[i]. Fetching data from API and rendering UI

[ii]. Provider for state management

[iii]. Saving Image to Local Storage

[i]. Fetching data from API and rendering UI

Memes API : MemesAPI

Not sure How to parse JSON data from API? Detailed Explanation here

Code here : home_page.dart

Parsing the data from memesAPI

Future<MemesModel> getMemesApi() async {
  final response =
      await http.get(Uri.parse(""));
  var data = jsonDecode(response.body);
  if (response.statusCode == 200) {
    return MemesModel.fromJson(data);
  } else {
    return MemesModel.fromJson(data);
  • memes is of type Future which will contain the fetched data.
  • Note : late keyword is important.
  • call the method in initState()

class _HomePageState extends State<HomePage> {
  late Future<MemesModel> memes;

  void initState() {
    memes = getMemesApi();
  • use FutureBuilder to render the data on screen

body: FutureBuilder<MemesModel>(
        future: memes,
        builder: (context, snapshot) {
  • I used DynamicHeightGridView (package here), you may use any preferred widget/package that suits you.
  • make sure you give itemCount property
  • snapshot will either have data or error (snapshot.hasData , snapshot.harError)
  • if snapshot.hasData render the UI, else if snapshot.hasError display the error, else render a CircularProgressIndicator, i.e while waiting for data to be fetched.

                  crossAxisCount: 2,
                  mainAxisSpacing: 10,
                  crossAxisSpacing: 25,
                      //nullcheck operator
                      snapshot.hasData ?!.data!.memes!.length : 1,
                  builder: (context, index) {
                 //data fetched successfully
                    if (snapshot.hasData) {
                      //render UI here

//data couldn't be fetched due to some error
else if (snapshot.hasError) {
                      return Center(
                        child: Text("Error Occured : ${snapshot.error}"),

//waiting for data to be fetched (just the way youtube videos show circular progressor while buffering)
else {
                      return const Center(
                          child: CircularProgressIndicator(
                        color: Colors.teal,

[ii]. Provider for state management

  • We’ve rendered the UI. Great!
  • But, think about the cart feature, whenever the “Get This Meme” button is tapped :
  • how will the we increment the counter value on the top right corner on the cart icon?
  • how will we render the UI accordingly in the cart page?

That’s where PROVIDER comes in!

Provider is a state management tool, you can refer more about it here : ProviderExample

Note : It may take sometime to understand provider, my case was no different. (Remember : Nothing comes overnight, good things take time!)

  • Once/If you are familiar with provider, lets move ahead.

We have 2 basic requirements using provider.

Case-1 : Increment/Decreament the counter value on the cart icon on home page(refer images above).

Case-2 : Building the Cart page.

  • define the Provider class
  • make sure to extend ChangeNotifier
  • declare an integer cartCount
  • define the constructor(initalize cartCount value) and getter method
  • define the methods increment() and decreament()
  • notifyListeners()

import 'package:flutter/cupertino.dart';

class CartCounterProvider extends ChangeNotifier {
  int cartCount;
  CartCounterProvider({this.cartCount = 0});

  int get getCartCount => cartCount;

  void increment() {
    cartCount += 1;

  void decrement() {
    cartCount -= 1;

Next, when will we need the provider?, when the button is pressed!, hence write the code inside the onPressed() function of button “Get this Meme”

Code here<CartCounterProvider>().increment();

Code here

//just inside the build method this cartCounter will watch the value of the counter 
//button pressed -> increment() method called using provider -> cartCounter watches the value and updates accordingly
int cartCounter =<CartCounterProvider>().getCartCount;

Using read and watch is one way to do it. Another one is using the instance of the Provider class you made, lets discuss this approach for Case-2.

//read below about CartCardModel first

import 'package:memeapp/models/cart_card_model.dart';
import 'package:flutter/cupertino.dart';

class MemeCartProvider extends ChangeNotifier {
  //now it's convenient for us to display the memes, we just need a list of CartCardModel!
  //each instance of this class will have the respective id, imageURL, and name of the meme.
  //We just need to traverse and display this list in the cart page, thats it!
  //_cartList will have the id, imageURL, name of only those memes that are added to cart by user
  final List<CartCardModel> _cartList = <CartCardModel>[];
  //memesIdList will only contain the meme ID's which will be used to add/remove memes from the cart
  //also used to prevent duplicates 
  List<String>? memesIdList = <String>[];

  List<CartCardModel> get getCartList => _cartList;
  List<String>? get getMemesIdList => memesIdList;

  void addItem(CartCardModel addThisItem) {

  void removeItem(String memeId) {
    _cartList.removeWhere((element) => == memeId);
  • Wondering what’s CartCardModel? (apologies for the confusing name 😐 )
  • See, we need to show the image and name of the respective memes right.
  • So, to not make things complicated, I defined a class named “CartCardModel”, which will have id, imageURL, and name of the meme.
  • Why id?, to avoid duplicates!…id will ensure that once added, the same meme won’t be added again.
  • ID can be anything that is unique to each item.
  • Thankfully, MemeAPI has IDs for each item already included.

CartCardModel cart_card_model.dart

//each instance of this class (CartCardModel) will have the info of id, imageURL, and name.
//it will now be easier to display the memes in the cart page
class CartCardModel {
  String id;
  String? nameCart;
  String? imageUrlCart;

Now its convenient for us to render memes in the Cart Page. We simply traverse the List and display items accordingly.

But, how will we make sure only those items are rendered which were added by the user? Provider it is, again!.

Code cart_page.dart

  //define an instance of MemeCartProvider class like this inside the build method
   Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    var memeCartProvider = Provider.of<MemeCartProvider>(context);

Code here

//wrap the Listview.builder with CONSUMER<MemeCartProvider>
              builder: (context, value, child) {
                //ListView will traverse CartCardModel list and render memes accordingly
                return ListView.builder(
                  //itemCount is simply the length of the list. 
                  itemCount: value.getMemesIdList!.length,
                  itemBuilder: ((context, index) {
                    object/instance of CartCardModel class using MemeCartProvider
                    CartCardModel cartObject = value.getCartList[index];

Code here

 //render the image using cartObject
                     width: 140,
 //render the name using cartObject
                  //limiting name to 20 characters 
                  cartObject.nameCart!.length > 20
                   ? "${cartObject.nameCart!.substring(0, 20)}..."
                   : "${cartObject.nameCart}",

Last but not the least, we need to implement the delete feature

 onPressed: () {
                   //we will remove the item from the list
                   //why this line? you might've guessed it already, if not, dont worry
                   //remember we incrementes the counter value when user added items to the cart
                   //now user is deleting items, hence we need to decreament that counter value too!, right?

[iii]. Saving Image to Local Storage

  • The code is easy to understand.

And…Thats a Wrap! I hope this helped you and you learnt something new. If you desire, consider giving this repo a ⭐. In case you have any queries, you can surely reach me out through my socials.



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