Pass arguments to a named route

The Navigator provides the ability to navigate to a named route from any part of an app using a common identifier. In some cases, you might also need to pass arguments to a named route. For example, you might wish to navigate to the /user route and pass information about the user to that route.

You can accomplish this task using the arguments parameter of the Navigator.pushNamed() method. Extract the arguments using the ModalRoute.of() method or inside an onGenerateRoute() function provided to the MaterialApp or CupertinoApp constructor.

This recipe demonstrates how to pass arguments to a named route and read the arguments using ModalRoute.of() and onGenerateRoute() using the following steps:

  1. Define the arguments you need to pass.
  2. Create a widget that extracts the arguments.
  3. Register the widget in the routes table.
  4. Navigate to the widget.

1. Define the arguments you need to pass

First, define the arguments you need to pass to the new route. In this example, pass two pieces of data: The title of the screen and a message.

To pass both pieces of data, create a class that stores this information.

// You can pass any object to the arguments parameter.
// In this example, create a class that contains a customizable
// title and message.
class ScreenArguments {
  final String title;
  final String message;

  ScreenArguments(this.title, this.message);
}

2. Create a widget that extracts the arguments

Next, create a widget that extracts and displays the title and message from the ScreenArguments. To access the ScreenArguments, use the ModalRoute.of() method. This method returns the current route with the arguments.

// A widget that extracts the necessary arguments from the ModalRoute.
class ExtractArgumentsScreen extends StatelessWidget {
  static const routeName = '/extractArguments';

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    // Extract the arguments from the current ModalRoute settings and cast
    // them as ScreenArguments.
    final ScreenArguments args = ModalRoute.of(context).settings.arguments;

    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text(args.title),
      ),
      body: Center(
        child: Text(args.message),
      ),
    );
  }
}

3. Register the widget in the routes table

Next, add an entry to the routes provided to the MaterialApp widget. The routes define which widget should be created based on the name of the route.

MaterialApp(
  routes: {
    ExtractArgumentsScreen.routeName: (context) => ExtractArgumentsScreen(),
  },
);

4. Navigate to the widget

Finally, navigate to the ExtractArgumentsScreen when a user taps a button using Navigator.pushNamed(). Provide the arguments to the route via the arguments property. The ExtractArgumentsScreen extracts the title and message from these arguments.

// A button that navigates to a named route. The named route
// extracts the arguments by itself.
RaisedButton(                                                   
  child: Text("Navigate to screen that extracts arguments"),    
  onPressed: () {                                               
    // When the user taps the button, navigate to a named route 
    // and provide the arguments as an optional parameter.      
    Navigator.pushNamed(                                        
      context,                                                  
      ExtractArgumentsScreen.routeName,                         
      arguments: ScreenArguments(                               
        'Extract Arguments Screen',                              
        'This message is extracted in the build method.',       
      ),                                                                                                                 
    );                                                          
  },                                                            
),                                                                                                                           

Alternatively, extract the arguments using onGenerateRoute

Instead of extracting the arguments directly inside the widget, you can also extract the arguments inside an onGenerateRoute() function and pass them to a widget.

The onGenerateRoute() function creates the correct route based on the given RouteSettings.

MaterialApp(
  // Provide a function to handle named routes. Use this function to
  // identify the named route being pushed, and create the correct
  // screen.
  onGenerateRoute: (settings) {
    // If you push the PassArguments route
    if (settings.name == PassArgumentsScreen.routeName) {
      // Cast the arguments to the correct type: ScreenArguments.
      final ScreenArguments args = settings.arguments;

      // Then, extract the required data from the arguments and
      // pass the data to the correct screen.
      return MaterialPageRoute(
        builder: (context) {
          return PassArgumentsScreen(
            title: args.title,
            message: args.message,
          );
        },
      );
    }
  },
);

Complete example

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';

void main() => runApp(MyApp());

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return MaterialApp(
        // Provide a function to handle named routes. Use this function to
        // identify the named route being pushed, and create the correct
        // Screen.
        onGenerateRoute: (settings) {
          // If you push the PassArguments route
          if (settings.name == PassArgumentsScreen.routeName) {
            // Cast the arguments to the correct type: ScreenArguments.
            final ScreenArguments args = settings.arguments;

            // Then, extract the required data from the arguments and
            // pass the data to the correct screen.
            return MaterialPageRoute(
              builder: (context) {
                return PassArgumentsScreen(
                  title: args.title,
                  message: args.message,
                );
              },
            );
          }
        },
        title: 'Navigation with Arguments',
        home: HomeScreen(),
        routes: {
          ExtractArgumentsScreen.routeName: (context) =>
              ExtractArgumentsScreen(),
        });
  }
}

class HomeScreen extends StatelessWidget {
  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text('Home Screen'),
      ),
      body: Center(
        child: Column(
          mainAxisAlignment: MainAxisAlignment.center,
          children: <Widget>[
            // A button that navigates to a named route that. The named route
            // extracts the arguments by itself.
            RaisedButton(
              child: Text("Navigate to screen that extracts arguments"),
              onPressed: () {
                // When the user taps the button, navigate to a named route
                // and provide the arguments as an optional parameter.
                Navigator.pushNamed(
                  context,
                  ExtractArgumentsScreen.routeName,
                  arguments: ScreenArguments(
                    'Extract Arguments Screen',
                    'This message is extracted in the build method.',
                  ),
                );
              },
            ),
            // A button that navigates to a named route. For this route, extract
            // the arguments in the onGenerateRoute function and pass them
            // to the screen.
            RaisedButton(
              child: Text("Navigate to a named that accepts arguments"),
              onPressed: () {
                // When the user taps the button, navigate to a named route
                // and provide the arguments as an optional parameter.
                Navigator.pushNamed(
                  context,
                  PassArgumentsScreen.routeName,
                  arguments: ScreenArguments(
                    'Accept Arguments Screen',
                    'This message is extracted in the onGenerateRoute function.',
                  ),
                );
              },
            ),
          ],
        ),
      ),
    );
  }
}

// A Widget that extracts the necessary arguments from the ModalRoute.
class ExtractArgumentsScreen extends StatelessWidget {
  static const routeName = '/extractArguments';

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    // Extract the arguments from the current ModalRoute settings and cast
    // them as ScreenArguments.
    final ScreenArguments args = ModalRoute.of(context).settings.arguments;

    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text(args.title),
      ),
      body: Center(
        child: Text(args.message),
      ),
    );
  }
}

// A Widget that accepts the necessary arguments via the constructor.
class PassArgumentsScreen extends StatelessWidget {
  static const routeName = '/passArguments';

  final String title;
  final String message;

  // This Widget accepts the arguments as constructor parameters. It does not
  // extract the arguments from the ModalRoute.
  //
  // The arguments are extracted by the onGenerateRoute function provided to the
  // MaterialApp widget.
  const PassArgumentsScreen({
    Key key,
    @required this.title,
    @required this.message,
  }) : super(key: key);

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text(title),
      ),
      body: Center(
        child: Text(message),
      ),
    );
  }
}

// You can pass any object to the arguments parameter. In this example,
// create a class that contains both a customizable title and message.
class ScreenArguments {
  final String title;
  final String message;

  ScreenArguments(this.title, this.message);
}

Demonstrates navigating to different routes with arguments