Flutter widget rebuilding when TextField widget clicked

Issue

I’m sure this is a rookie error however I can’t seem to figure this one out.
In the app below, when the textfield in the second route is clicked the keyboard opens and immediately closes. On closer investigation it seems that the widget is being rebuilt whenever it gets focus, causing the route to reset, making it impossible for the user to enter text.

When I remove the “key” from the form the problem doesn’t occur. This isn’t a long term fix as I need the “key” so I can validate the form.

Any ideas?

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';


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

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return MaterialApp(
      title: 'My app',
      debugShowCheckedModeBanner: false,
      theme: ThemeData(
        primarySwatch: Colors.lightBlue,
        fontFamily: 'Nunito',
      ),
      home: LoginPage(),
    );
  }
}


class LoginPage extends StatefulWidget {

  @override
  LoginPageState createState() {
    return new LoginPageState();
  }
}

class LoginPageState extends State<LoginPage> {

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {

    final GlobalKey<ScaffoldState> _scaffoldKey = new GlobalKey<ScaffoldState>();

    final registerButton = Padding(
      padding: EdgeInsets.symmetric(vertical: 16.0),
      child: RaisedButton(
        shape: RoundedRectangleBorder(
          borderRadius: BorderRadius.circular(24),
        ),
        onPressed: () {
          Navigator.push(
            context,
            MaterialPageRoute(builder: (context) => SecondPage()),
          );
        },
        child: Text('Register Now', style: TextStyle(color: Colors.white)),
      ),
    );

    // Now load the main login page
    return Scaffold(
      backgroundColor: Colors.white,
      key: _scaffoldKey,
      body: Center(
        child: ListView(
          shrinkWrap: true,
          children: <Widget>[
            registerButton,
          ],
        ),
      ),
    );
  }
}


class SecondPage extends StatelessWidget {

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {

    final emailController =  TextEditingController();
    final _formKey = GlobalKey<FormState>();

    final email = TextFormField(
      keyboardType: TextInputType.emailAddress,
      controller: emailController,
      autofocus: false,
      decoration: InputDecoration(
        hintText: 'Email',
        contentPadding: EdgeInsets.fromLTRB(20.0, 10.0, 20.0, 10.0),
        border: OutlineInputBorder(borderRadius: BorderRadius.circular(32.0)),
      ),
    );

    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text('Second page'),
      ),
      body: Center(
        child: Form(
          key: _formKey,
          child: email,
        ),
      ),
    );
  }
}

Solution

you have to declare _formKey as static outside of build method.

Answered By – Viren V Varasadiya

Answer Checked By – Pedro (FlutterFixes Volunteer)

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