Imports resource files as literals in Dart code.


resource_importer probably is best described with an example. You can add a resource_importer block to your Dart package’s pubspec.yaml file that specifies some resource files:

    myImage: 'assets/image.png'
      path: 'LICENSE'
      type: String

Running resource_importer then will generate a file (by default named lib/resources.resource_importer.dart) that looks like:

var myImage = Uint8List.fromList(const [
  0x89, 0x50, 0x4E, 0x47, 0x0D, 0x0A, 0x1A, 0x0A, 0x00, 0x00,
  0x00, 0x0D, 0x49, 0x48, 0x44, 0x52, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x30,
  // ...

var myLicense =
    "Copyright (C) 2022 James D. Lin\n\nThis software is provided 'as-is', ..."

That file then can be imported by other Dart code:

import 'package:my_package/resources.resource_importer.dart' as resources;

void main() {


Honestly, most people probably shouldn’t be using this. Flutter projects instead should use proper assets that are packaged with your application. You usually don’t want large textual representations of binary files in your source tree, wasting cycles from the Dart compiler and analyzer and possibly wasting space in your source control system. (You often shouldn’t be committing generated files to source control anyway.)

This is primarily intended for non-Flutter Dart projects where bundling additional files is inconvenient (e.g. console programs distributed as standalone executables, tests for Dart for the Web).


Configuration syntax

  destination: 'lib/foo.resources.dart'
  # Optional.  The path to the generated `.dart` file.  If not specified,
  # `lib/resources.resource_importer.dart` will be used by default.

  # Required.  The list of resources to import.

    # Required.  The name of the resource.  This will be directly used as the
    # name of the generated Dart variable, so it must be a valid Dart
    # identifier.

      path: 'path/to/file'
      # Required.  The path to the file to import.  Relative paths are treated
      # as relative to the package's root directory (i.e., the directory
      # containing the `pubspec.yaml` file).

      type: Uint8List
      # Optional.  The type of the resource.  Corresponds to the type of the
      # generated variable.  Allowed types are:
      # * `Uint8List`
      #     The default if no type is specified.  Imports the specified file
      #     as raw bytes stored in a `Uint8List`.
      # * `String`
      #     Assumes that the specified file is a UTF-8-encoded text file and
      #     imports it as a `String` literal.
      # * `List<String>`
      #     Like `String` except that the imported file is split into separate
      #     lines.
      # * `Base64Data`
      #     Imports a binary file as a base64-encoded `String` literal.
      # * `GzippedData`
      #     Like `Uint8List` but compressed with gzip.

    binaryResourceName: 'path/to/file'
    # A shorthand syntax is also provided for `Uint8List` types.


  1. Modify your pubspec.yaml to add:

      resource_importer: ^0.1.0
  2. Add a resource_importer block to your pubspec.yaml file as described above.

  3. Run dart run resource_importer from the directory that contains your pubspec.yaml file to generate code. Currently this is not automatic and instead is expected to be run manually as needed.

The Base64Data and GzippedData types are custom classes provided by resource_importer. If you use them, you must use a regular dependency:

  resource_importer: ^0.1.0

And then use or respectively to access their decoded bytes as Uint8Lists. Note that GzippedData depends on dart:io and therefore cannot be used for Dart for the Web.


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