Not able to display the value of a variable defined out of a widget

Issue

i’m new to dart and i’m trying to display the file name inside the Text widget!
I first took out the file’s name inside the onPressed function, but later on couldn’t access it in order to display it, can anyone help me out with this issue? thank in advance.

Here is my code:

body: Column(
        children: [
          ElevatedButton(
              onPressed: () async {
                final result = await FilePicker.platform.pickFiles();
                if (result == null) return;

                final file = result.files.first;
                /* print(file.extension);
                print(file.name); */
                final FileName = file.name;

                final newFile = await saveFilePermanently(file);

                print('Old: ${file.path}');
                print('New: ${newFile.path}');
              },
              child: const Text('Name: ')),
        ],
      ),

Solution

You need to create a variable to store the file name outside your onPressed method and use setState() to update your variable value.

String fileName = '';
...
body: Column(
    children: [
      ElevatedButton(
          onPressed: () async {
            final result = await FilePicker.platform.pickFiles();
            if (result == null) return;

            final file = result.files.first;
            /* print(file.extension);
            print(file.name); */
            final FileName = file.name;

            final newFile = await saveFilePermanently(file);

            print('Old: ${file.path}');
            print('New: ${newFile.path}');
            // add this setState to update your variable value
            setState(() {
               fileName = newFile.path; 
            });
          },
          child: const Text('Name: $fileName')), // show your value here
    ],
  ),

Answered By – Henrique Zanferrari

Answer Checked By – Dawn Plyler (FlutterFixes Volunteer)

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