How do I access metadata annotations from a class?

Issue

I have a Dart class that is annotated with metadata:

class Awesome {
  final String msg;
  const Awesome(this.msg);

  String toString() => msg;
}

@Awesome('it works!')
class Cool {

}

I want to see if Cool was annotated, and if so, with what. How do I do that?

Solution

Use the dart:mirrors library to access metadata annotations.

import 'dart:mirrors';

class Awesome {
  final String msg;
  const Awesome(this.msg);

  String toString() => msg;
}

@Awesome('it works!')
class Cool {

}

void main() {
  ClassMirror classMirror = reflectClass(Cool);
  List<InstanceMirror> metadata = classMirror.metadata;
  var obj = metadata.first.reflectee;
  print(obj); // it works!
}

To learn more, read about the ClassMirror#metadata method.

Answered By – Seth Ladd

Answer Checked By – David Goodson (FlutterFixes Volunteer)

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