Flutter – Positioned Widget in Stack causing Exception


I’m getting the below exception when I try to encapsulate the PandemicCard with a Positioned widget. If I render the card lone/no Positioned widget, it works just fine.

I/flutter ( 7331): ══╡ EXCEPTION CAUGHT BY RENDERING LIBRARY ╞═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════
I/flutter ( 7331): The following assertion was thrown during performLayout():
I/flutter ( 7331): RenderStack object was given an infinite size during layout.
I/flutter ( 7331): This probably means that it is a render object that tries to be as big as possible, but it was put
I/flutter ( 7331): inside another render object that allows its children to pick their own size.
I/flutter ( 7331): The nearest ancestor providing an unbounded height constraint is:
I/flutter ( 7331):   RenderFlex#2b18c relayoutBoundary=up2 NEEDS-LAYOUT NEEDS-PAINT OVERFLOWING
I/flutter ( 7331):   creator: Column ← Center ← MediaQuery ← LayoutId-[<_ScaffoldSlot.body>] ← CustomMultiChildLayout ←

For this code. Anyone able to help me figure out what I’m doing wrong?

class PandemicCard extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Container(
      height: 120.0,
      width: 76.0,
      decoration: BoxDecoration(
          color: Colors.blue,
          boxShadow: [
                blurRadius: 5.0,
                color: Colors.grey)
      child: Text('Hi'),

class PandemicCardStackState extends State<PandemicCardStack> {
  // final _cards = <PandemicCard>[ PandemicCard(), PandemicCard()];
  final _cards = <PandemicCard>[ PandemicCard()];

  Widget build( BuildContext context) {
    return Stack(
      // This Bombs!
      children: <Widget>[ Positioned( left: 0.0, top: 0.0, child: _cards[0])]
      // This works!
      // children: <Widget>[ _cards[0]]

class PandemicCardStack extends StatefulWidget {
  PandemicCardStackState createState() => PandemicCardStackState();


Add an empty Container as a child of the stack :

Widget build( BuildContext context) {
return Stack(
  children: <Widget>[ 
    Positioned( left: 0.0, top: 0.0, child: _cards[0]),

Answered By – Mazin Ibrahim

Answer Checked By – Timothy Miller (FlutterFixes Admin)

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