An extension of the Flutter ListView widget for incrementally loading items upon scrolling. This could be used to load paginated data received from API requests

Getting Started

There's a working example that can be run to see how it works.

First import the library

import 'package:incrementally_loading_listview/incrementally_loading_listview.dart';

You can then use the IncrementallyLoadingListView widget in a similar way you would with the ListView.builder constructor

return IncrementallyLoadingListView(
    hasMore: () => _hasMoreItems,
    itemCount: () => items.length,
    loadMore: () async {
    // can shorten to "loadMore: _loadMoreItems" but this syntax is used to demonstrate that
    // functions with parameters can also be invoked if needed
    await _loadMoreItems();
    loadMoreOffsetFromBottom: 2,
    itemBuilder: (context, index) {
        /// your builder function for rendering the item

The widget allows passing in the same parameters you would to the ListView.builder constructor but itemCount is required so that when an item scrolls into view, it can see if it should attempt to load more items. Note that this is a callback that returns a boolean rather than being a boolean value. This allows the widget to not require a reference/copy of your data collection. The other parameters that can be specified are

  • hasMore: a callback that indicates if there are more items that can be loaded
  • loadMore: a callback to an asynchronous function that loads more items
  • loadMoreOffsetFromBottom: determines when the list view should attempt to load more items based on of the index of the item is scrolling into view. This is relative to the bottom of the list and has a default value of 0 so that it loads when the last item within the list view scrolls into view. As an example, setting this to 1 would attempt to load more items when the second last item within the list view scrolls into view
  • onLoadMore: a callback that is triggered when more items are being loaded. At first this will pass a boolean value of true to when items are being loaded by triggering the loadMore callback function. You could use this to update your UI to show a loading indicator
  • onLoadMoreFinished: a callback that is triggered when items have finished being loading. You can use this to hide your loading indicator

Providing onLoadMore and onLoadMoreFinished callbacks means the widget doesn't make assumptions on how you want to render a loading indicator so it will be up to your application to handle these callbacks to render the appropriate UI.