kernel 0.2.0

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Dart Kernel

Dart Kernel is a small high-level language derived from Dart. It is designed for use as an intermediate format for whole-program analysis and transformations, and as a frontend for codegen and execution backends.

The kernel language has in-memory representations in Dart and C++, and can be serialized as binary or text.

Both the kernel language and its implementations are unstable and are under development.

This package contains the Dart part of the implementation and contains:

  • A transformable IR for the kernel language
  • A frontend based on the analyzer
  • Serialization of kernel code

Getting Kernel

Checkout the repository and run pub get:

git clone
cd kernel
pub get

Command-Line Tool

Run bin/dartk.dart from the command-line to convert between .dart files and the serialized binary and textual formats.

dartk expects the .dill extension for files in the binary format. The textual format has no preferred extension right now.

Example commands:

dartk foo.dart            # print text IR for foo.dart
dartk foo.dart -ofoo.dill # write binary IR for foo.dart to foo.dill
dartk foo.dill            # print text IR for binary file foo.dill

Pass the --link or -l flag to link all transitive dependencies into one file:

dartk myapp.dart -ppackages -l -omyapp.dill # Bundle everything.
dartk myapp.dill # Print it back out in a (very, very long) textual format.

See ast.dart for the in-memory IR, or for a description of the binary format. For now, the textual format is very ad-hoc and cannot be parsed back in.


If you plan to make changes to kernel, get a checkout of the Dartk SDK and run:

tool/regenerate_dill_files.dart --sdk <path to SDK checkout>
pub run test


Linking from binary files is not yet implemented. In order to compile a whole program, currently everything must be compiled from source at once.

1. Depend on it

Add this to your package's pubspec.yaml file:

  kernel: "^0.2.0"

2. Install it

You can install packages from the command line:

with pub:

$ pub get

with Flutter:

$ flutter packages get

Alternatively, your editor might support pub get or packages get. Check the docs for your editor to learn more.

3. Import it

Now in your Dart code, you can use:

import 'package:kernel/kernel.dart';
Version Uploaded Documentation Archive
0.2.0 Apr 21, 2017 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.2.0 Download kernel 0.2.0 archive
0.1.0 Oct 20, 2016 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.1.0 Download kernel 0.1.0 archive
0.3.0-alpha.10 Feb 14, 2018 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.10 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.10 archive
0.3.0-alpha.9 Feb 9, 2018 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.9 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.9 archive
0.3.0-alpha.5 Feb 2, 2018 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.5 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.5 archive
0.3.0-alpha.4 Nov 28, 2017 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.4 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.4 archive
0.3.0-alpha.3 Aug 25, 2017 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.3 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.3 archive
0.3.0-alpha.2 Jul 26, 2017 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.2 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.2 archive
0.3.0-alpha.1.1 Sep 21, 2017 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.1.1 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.1.1 archive
0.3.0-alpha.1 May 3, 2017 Go to the documentation of kernel 0.3.0-alpha.1 Download kernel 0.3.0-alpha.1 archive


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  • completed on Feb 3, 2018
  • Dart: 2.0.0-dev.20.0
  • pana: 0.10.1


Describes how popular the package is relative to other packages. [more]
71 / 100
Code health derived from static analysis. [more]
93 / 100
Reflects how tidy and up-to-date the package is. [more]
80 / 100
Overall score:
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Detected platforms: Flutter, other

Primary library: package:kernel/kernel.dart with components: io.


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Package Constraint Resolved Available
Direct dependencies
Dart SDK >=1.8.0
args ^0.13.4 0.13.7 1.3.0
logging ^0.11.2 0.11.3+1
package_config ^1.0.0 1.0.3
path ^1.3.9 1.5.1
Transitive dependencies
charcode 1.1.1
Dev dependencies
analyzer ^0.30.0-alpha.3
ansicolor ^0.0.9
front_end ^0.1.0-alpha.2
stack_trace ^1.6.6
test ^0.12.15+6