How to build a TabView using Flutter GetX

Issue

I’m trying to build a app using Flutter with GetX for State Management, and in one of my pages i need to build a TabView widget in the middle of the page, i already found a lot of stuff explaining how to build a TabView as widget, as this post and this article, but all of these extends a State controller with a SingleTickerProviderStateMixin.

As i understand reading the documentation, i’m not supposed to use StatefulWidgets and States like that, but i cant figure out how to elaborate a solution using the GetX architecture.

I already tried in my page things like:

class CourseDetailPage extends StatelessWidget {
  final TabController _tabController = Get.put(TabController(vsync: null, length: 2));
}

and

class CourseDetailPage extends StatelessWidget {
  final TabController _tabController = TabController(vsync: null, length: 2);
}  

But the VSYNC argument for the TabController cannot be null, and i don’t figure out how i cant obtain a TickerProvider to populate it.

Solution

Would the following be a solution to using a GetX controller to control a TabView?

GetTicker

There’s a Get version of SingleTickerProviderMixin which implements the TickerProvider interface (using the same Ticker class from Flutter SDK).

It has a catchy name:
GetSingleTickerProviderStateMixin

(Updated 21-12-20: SingleGetTickerProviderMixin has been deprecated with latest GetX. Thanks to commenter pointing this out.)

The below example is basically from the Flutter docs for TabController.

From the linked example’s StatefulWidget I transplanted its contents into a GetxController (MyTabController) and added mixin of SingleGetTickerProviderMixin:

class MyTabController extends GetxController with GetSingleTickerProviderStateMixin {
  final List<Tab> myTabs = <Tab>[
    Tab(text: 'LEFT'),
    Tab(text: 'RIGHT'),
  ];

  TabController controller;

  @override
  void onInit() {
    super.onInit();
    controller = TabController(vsync: this, length: myTabs.length);
  }

  @override
  void onClose() {
    controller.dispose();
    super.onClose();
  }
}

To use MyTabController inside a Stateless widget:

class MyTabbedWidget extends StatelessWidget {
  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    final MyTabController _tabx = Get.put(MyTabController());
    // ↑ init tab controller
    
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        bottom: TabBar(
          controller: _tabx.controller,
          tabs: _tabx.myTabs,
        ),
      ),
      body: TabBarView(
        controller: _tabx.controller,
        children: _tabx.myTabs.map((Tab tab) {
          final String label = tab.text.toLowerCase();
          return Center(
            child: Text(
              'This is the $label tab',
              style: const TextStyle(fontSize: 36),
            ),
          );
        }).toList(),
      ),
    );
  }
}

Here’s the rest of the app example to just copy & paste into Android Studio / VisualStudio Code to run:

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:get/get.dart';

void main() {
  runApp(MyApp());
}

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  // This widget is the root of your application.
  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return MaterialApp(
      title: 'Flutter Demo',
      theme: ThemeData(
        primarySwatch: Colors.blue,
        visualDensity: VisualDensity.adaptivePlatformDensity,
      ),
      home: HomePage(),
    );
  }
}

class HomePage extends StatelessWidget {
  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text('GetX Tab Example'),
      ),
      body: Column(
        children: [
          Expanded(
            flex: 1,
            child: Container(
              alignment: Alignment.center,
              child: Text('Some random stuff'),
            ),
          ),
          Expanded(
            flex: 4,
            child: MyTabbedWidget(),
          )
        ],
      ),
    );
  }
}

class MyTabController extends GetxController with GetSingleTickerProviderStateMixin {
  final List<Tab> myTabs = <Tab>[
    Tab(text: 'LEFT'),
    Tab(text: 'RIGHT'),
  ];

  TabController controller;

  @override
  void onInit() {
    super.onInit();
    controller = TabController(vsync: this, length: myTabs.length);
  }

  @override
  void onClose() {
    controller.dispose();
    super.onClose();
  }
}

class MyTabbedWidget extends StatelessWidget {
  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    final MyTabController _tabx = Get.put(MyTabController());
    // ↑ init tab controller
    
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        bottom: TabBar(
          controller: _tabx.controller,
          tabs: _tabx.myTabs,
        ),
      ),
      body: TabBarView(
        controller: _tabx.controller,
        children: _tabx.myTabs.map((Tab tab) {
          final String label = tab.text.toLowerCase();
          return Center(
            child: Text(
              'This is the $label tab',
              style: const TextStyle(fontSize: 36),
            ),
          );
        }).toList(),
      ),
    );
  }
}

Answered By – Baker

Answer Checked By – Marie Seifert (FlutterFixes Admin)

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