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Flutter and the Google News Initiative have co-sponsored the development of a news application template. The goal of this project is to help news publishers build mobile applications easily in order to make reliable information accessible to all.

This template aims to significantly reduce the development time for typical news applications by giving developers a head start on core components and features.

The Flutter News Toolkit:

  • Contains common news app UI workflows and core features built with Flutter and Firebase
  • Implements best practices for news apps based on Google News Initiative research
  • Allows publishers to monetize immediately with ads and subscription services

Common services such as authentication, notifications, analytics, and ads have been implemented using Firebase and Google Mobile Ads. Developers are free to substitute these services and can find publicly available packages on

If you're just getting started with Flutter, we recommend first developing familiarity with the framework by reviewing the onboarding guides, tutorials, and codelabs before using this template.


Depending on the number of flavors you plan to create for your project, the setup time may vary. For example, you can complete end-to-end setup in less than 10 minutes for one flavor. For additional flavors, you can expect this setup time to increase. Check out for additional information and video tutorials.

Getting Started



In order to generate a project using the news template, you must have the Dart SDK installed on your machine.


Dart ">=3.0.0 <4.0.0" is required.


In addition, make sure you have installed the latest version of mason_cli.

dart pub global activate mason_cli

Mason is a command-line tool that allows you to generate a customized codebase based on your specifications.

You'll use mason to generate your customized news application from the Flutter News Template.

Dart Frog

Lastly, make sure you have the latest version of dart_frog_cli installed.

dart pub global activate dart_frog_cli

Dart Frog is a fast, minimalistic backend framework for Dart. It is stable as of v0.1.0.

You'll use Dart Frog as a backend for frontends (BFF), which allows you to connect your existing backend to the Flutter News Template frontend. Dart Frog reduces the barrier for entry for all publishers, despite any existing backend, and brings your app to market faster without required client modifications.

Generate your project

To generate your app using Mason, follow the steps below:


Projects generated from the Flutter News Template will use the latest stable version of Flutter.

Install the Flutter News Template

Use the mason add command to install the Flutter News Template globally on your machine:


You only need to install the flutter_news_template once. You can generate multiple projects from the template after it's installed.

You can verify whether you have the flutter_news_template installed by using the mason list --global command.

mason add -g flutter_news_template

Generate the app

Use the mason make command to generate your new app from the Flutter News Template:

mason make flutter_news_template

Running mason make will generate over 900 files that will be listed in the console.

You may need to increase your console scrollback buffer size to see all of the files listed in your console.

Template configuration

You'll be prompted with several questions. Be prepared to provide the following information in order to generate your project:

# The name of your application as displayed on the device for end users.
? What is the user-facing application name? (Flutter News Template)

# The application identifier also know as the bundle identifier on iOS.
? What is the application bundle identifier? (

# A list of GitHub usernames who will be code owners on the repository.
# See
? Who are the code owners? (separated by spaces) (@githubUser)

# Select all flavors that you want the generated application to include.
# We recommend having at least development and production flavors.
# For more information see
? What flavors do you want your application to include?
❯ ◉ development
◯ integration
◯ staging
◉ production

After answering the above questions, your custom news application is generated. You are now ready to run the application locally!

Configure Firebase


Before you can run your generated app, you must configure Firebase. Please follow the instructions specified in the Firebase setup section.

Configure or remove ads


Your project includes sample configurations for ads so that you can run your generated app with minimal setup. You will need to follow additional steps to configure or remove ads.

Run the API Server

Before running the Flutter application, run the API server locally. Change directories into the api directory of the newly-generated project and start the development server:

dart_frog dev

Run the Flutter app

We recommend running the project directly from VS Code or Android Studio.


You can also run the project directly from the command-line using the following command from the root project directory:

flutter run \
--flavor development \
--target lib/main/main_development.dart \

Congrats 🎉

You've generated and run your custom news app! Head over to project configuration for next steps.


We invite contributions from the Flutter community. Please review the Contributing to Flutter documentation and Contributor access page on our wiki to get started.

Opening issues

Please open an issue in the main flutter/flutter issue tracker if you encounter any bugs or have enhancement suggestions for this toolkit. Issues should follow the Issue hygiene guidelines and will be triaged by the Flutter team with the appropriate labels and priority.