TextField class

A material design text field.

A text field lets the user enter text, either with hardware keyboard or with an onscreen keyboard.

The text field calls the onChanged callback whenever the user changes the text in the field. If the user indicates that they are done typing in the field (e.g., by pressing a button on the soft keyboard), the text field calls the onSubmitted callback.

To control the text that is displayed in the text field, use the controller. For example, to set the initial value of the text field, use a controller that already contains some text. The controller can also control the selection and composing region (and to observe changes to the text, selection, and composing region).

By default, a text field has a decoration that draws a divider below the text field. You can use the decoration property to control the decoration, for example by adding a label or an icon. If you set the decoration property to null, the decoration will be removed entirely, including the extra padding introduced by the decoration to save space for the labels.

If decoration is non-null (which is the default), the text field requires one of its ancestors to be a Material widget.

To integrate the TextField into a Form with other FormField widgets, consider using TextFormField.

Remember to call TextEditingController.dispose of the TextEditingController when it is no longer needed. This will ensure we discard any resources used by the object.

This example shows how to create a TextField that will obscure input. The InputDecoration surrounds the field in a border using OutlineInputBorder and adds a label.

  obscureText: true,
  decoration: InputDecoration(
    border: OutlineInputBorder(),
    labelText: 'Password',

Reading values

A common way to read a value from a TextField is to use the onSubmitted callback. This callback is applied to the text field's current value when the user finishes editing.

This sample shows how to get a value from a TextField via the onSubmitted callback.
To create a local project with this code sample, run:
flutter create --sample=material.TextField.2 mysample

For most applications the onSubmitted callback will be sufficient for reacting to user input.

The onEditingComplete callback also runs when the user finishes editing. It's different from onSubmitted because it has a default value which updates the text controller and yields the keyboard focus. Applications that require different behavior can override the default onEditingComplete callback.

Keep in mind you can also always read the current string from a TextField's TextEditingController using TextEditingController.text.

See also:



TextField({Key key, TextEditingController controller, FocusNode focusNode, InputDecoration decoration: const InputDecoration(), TextInputType keyboardType, TextInputAction textInputAction, TextCapitalization textCapitalization: TextCapitalization.none, TextStyle style, StrutStyle strutStyle, TextAlign textAlign: TextAlign.start, TextAlignVertical textAlignVertical, TextDirection textDirection, bool readOnly: false, ToolbarOptions toolbarOptions, bool showCursor, bool autofocus: false, String obscuringCharacter: '•', bool obscureText: false, bool autocorrect: true, SmartDashesType smartDashesType, SmartQuotesType smartQuotesType, bool enableSuggestions: true, int maxLines: 1, int minLines, bool expands: false, int maxLength, bool maxLengthEnforced: true, ValueChanged<String> onChanged, VoidCallback onEditingComplete, ValueChanged<String> onSubmitted, AppPrivateCommandCallback onAppPrivateCommand, List<TextInputFormatter> inputFormatters, bool enabled, double cursorWidth: 2.0, double cursorHeight, Radius cursorRadius, Color cursorColor, BoxHeightStyle selectionHeightStyle: ui.BoxHeightStyle.tight, BoxWidthStyle selectionWidthStyle: ui.BoxWidthStyle.tight, Brightness keyboardAppearance, EdgeInsets scrollPadding: const EdgeInsets.all(20.0), DragStartBehavior dragStartBehavior: DragStartBehavior.start, bool enableInteractiveSelection: true, GestureTapCallback onTap, MouseCursor mouseCursor, InputCounterWidgetBuilder buildCounter, ScrollController scrollController, ScrollPhysics scrollPhysics, Iterable<String> autofillHints, String restorationId})
Creates a Material Design text field. [...]


autocorrect bool
Whether to enable autocorrection. [...]
autofillHints Iterable<String>
A list of strings that helps the autofill service identify the type of this text input. [...]
autofocus bool
Whether this text field should focus itself if nothing else is already focused. [...]
buildCounter InputCounterWidgetBuilder
Callback that generates a custom InputDecoration.counter widget. [...]
controller TextEditingController
Controls the text being edited. [...]
cursorColor Color
The color of the cursor. [...]
cursorHeight double
How tall the cursor will be. [...]
cursorRadius Radius
How rounded the corners of the cursor should be. [...]
cursorWidth double
How thick the cursor will be. [...]
decoration InputDecoration
The decoration to show around the text field. [...]
dragStartBehavior DragStartBehavior
Determines the way that drag start behavior is handled. [...]
enabled bool
If false the text field is "disabled": it ignores taps and its decoration is rendered in grey. [...]
enableInteractiveSelection bool
Whether to enable user interface affordances for changing the text selection. [...]
enableSuggestions bool
Whether to show input suggestions as the user types. [...]
expands bool
Whether this widget's height will be sized to fill its parent. [...]
focusNode FocusNode
Defines the keyboard focus for this widget. [...]
hashCode int
The hash code for this object. [...]
@nonVirtual, read-only, inherited
inputFormatters List<TextInputFormatter>
Optional input validation and formatting overrides. [...]
key Key
Controls how one widget replaces another widget in the tree. [...]
final, inherited
keyboardAppearance Brightness
The appearance of the keyboard. [...]
keyboardType TextInputType
The type of keyboard to use for editing the text. [...]
maxLength int
The maximum number of characters (Unicode scalar values) to allow in the text field. [...]
maxLengthEnforced bool
If true, prevents the field from allowing more than maxLength characters. [...]
maxLines int
The maximum number of lines for the text to span, wrapping if necessary. [...]
minLines int
The minimum number of lines to occupy when the content spans fewer lines. [...]
mouseCursor MouseCursor
The cursor for a mouse pointer when it enters or is hovering over the widget. [...]
obscureText bool
Whether to hide the text being edited (e.g., for passwords). [...]
obscuringCharacter String
Character used for obscuring text if obscureText is true. [...]
onAppPrivateCommand AppPrivateCommandCallback
Called when the result of an app private command is received.
onChanged ValueChanged<String>
Called when the user initiates a change to the TextField's value: when they have inserted or deleted text. [...]
onEditingComplete VoidCallback
Called when the user submits editable content (e.g., user presses the "done" button on the keyboard). [...]
onSubmitted ValueChanged<String>
Called when the user indicates that they are done editing the text in the field. [...]
onTap GestureTapCallback
Called for each distinct tap except for every second tap of a double tap. [...]
readOnly bool
Whether the text can be changed. [...]
restorationId String
Restoration ID to save and restore the state of the text field. [...]
runtimeType Type
A representation of the runtime type of the object.
read-only, inherited
scrollController ScrollController
The ScrollController to use when vertically scrolling the input. [...]
scrollPadding EdgeInsets
Configures padding to edges surrounding a Scrollable when the Textfield scrolls into view. [...]
scrollPhysics ScrollPhysics
The ScrollPhysics to use when vertically scrolling the input. [...]
selectionEnabled bool
Same as enableInteractiveSelection. [...]
selectionHeightStyle BoxHeightStyle
Controls how tall the selection highlight boxes are computed to be. [...]
selectionWidthStyle BoxWidthStyle
Controls how wide the selection highlight boxes are computed to be. [...]
showCursor bool
Whether to show cursor. [...]
smartDashesType SmartDashesType
Whether to allow the platform to automatically format dashes. [...]
smartQuotesType SmartQuotesType
Whether to allow the platform to automatically format quotes. [...]
strutStyle StrutStyle
The strut style used for the vertical layout. [...]
style TextStyle
The style to use for the text being edited. [...]
textAlign TextAlign
How the text should be aligned horizontally. [...]
textAlignVertical TextAlignVertical
How the text should be aligned vertically. [...]
textCapitalization TextCapitalization
Configures how the platform keyboard will select an uppercase or lowercase keyboard. [...]
textDirection TextDirection
The directionality of the text. [...]
textInputAction TextInputAction
The type of action button to use for the keyboard. [...]
toolbarOptions ToolbarOptions
Configuration of toolbar options. [...]


createElement() StatefulElement
Creates a StatefulElement to manage this widget's location in the tree. [...]
createState() → _TextFieldState
Creates the mutable state for this widget at a given location in the tree. [...]
debugDescribeChildren() List<DiagnosticsNode>
Returns a list of DiagnosticsNode objects describing this node's children. [...]
@protected, inherited
debugFillProperties(DiagnosticPropertiesBuilder properties) → void
Add additional properties associated with the node. [...]
noSuchMethod(Invocation invocation) → dynamic
Invoked when a non-existent method or property is accessed. [...]
toDiagnosticsNode({String name, DiagnosticsTreeStyle style}) DiagnosticsNode
Returns a debug representation of the object that is used by debugging tools and by DiagnosticsNode.toStringDeep. [...]
toString({DiagnosticLevel minLevel: DiagnosticLevel.info}) String
Returns a string representation of this object.
toStringDeep({String prefixLineOne: '', String prefixOtherLines, DiagnosticLevel minLevel: DiagnosticLevel.debug}) String
Returns a string representation of this node and its descendants. [...]
toStringShallow({String joiner: ', ', DiagnosticLevel minLevel: DiagnosticLevel.debug}) String
Returns a one-line detailed description of the object. [...]
toStringShort() String
A short, textual description of this widget.


operator ==(Object other) bool
The equality operator. [...]
@nonVirtual, inherited


noMaxLength → const int
If maxLength is set to this value, only the "current input length" part of the character counter is shown.