minLines property

int? minLines

The minimum number of lines to occupy when the content spans fewer lines.

This affects the height of the field itself and does not limit the number of lines that can be entered into the field.

If this is null (default), text container starts with enough vertical space for one line and grows to accommodate additional lines as they are entered.

This can be used in combination with maxLines for a varying set of behaviors.

If the value is set, it must be greater than zero. If the value is greater than 1, maxLines should also be set to either null or greater than this value.

When maxLines is set as well, the height will grow between the indicated range of lines. When maxLines is null, it will grow as high as needed, starting from minLines.

A few examples of behaviors possible with minLines and maxLines are as follows. These apply equally to TextField, TextFormField, CupertinoTextField, and EditableText.

Input that always occupies at least 2 lines and has an infinite max. Expands vertically as needed.

TextField(minLines: 2)

Input whose height starts from 2 lines and grows up to 4 lines at which point the height limit is reached. If additional lines are entered it will scroll vertically.

const TextField(minLines:2, maxLines: 4)

Defaults to null.

See also:

  • maxLines, which sets the maximum number of lines visible, and has several examples of how minLines and maxLines interact to produce various behaviors.
  • expands, which determines whether the field should fill the height of its parent.


final int? minLines;