Why does the File class return an object of type '_File' instead of 'File' in Dart/Flutter?


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There isn’t much else to be said. I created a blank project with no dependencies to test this.

Code to copy if you want to run it yourself:

import 'dart:io';

void main() {
  File testFile = File('test');
  print('testFile: $testFile');
  print('testFile type: ${testFile.runtimeType}');
  print(testFile.runtimeType == File);

Edit: upgraded flutter to 2.8.0, same problem persists.


File is abstract class. _File is implement of File. so on this case runtimeType of testFile is _Type.

abstract class File implements FileSystemEntity {
  /// Creates a [File] object.
  /// If [path] is a relative path, it will be interpreted relative to the
  /// current working directory (see [Directory.current]), when used.
  /// If [path] is an absolute path, it will be immune to changes to the
  /// current working directory.
  factory File(String path) {
    final IOOverrides? overrides = IOOverrides.current;
    if (overrides == null) {
      return new _File(path);
    return overrides.createFile(path);

Answered By – dangngocduc

Answer Checked By – Robin (FlutterFixes Admin)

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