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Dart Analysis Tool Window

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The tool window is available only when the Dart plugin is installed and enabled. The plugin is not bundled with IntelliJ IDEA, but it can be installed from the JetBrains plugin repository as described in Installing, Updating and Uninstalling Repository Plugins and Enabling and Disabling Plugins.

IntelliJ IDEA provides interface for using the Dart Analyzer tool. The tool is intended for static analysis of your Dart source code. All inconsistencies and potential problems are reported in the dedicated Dart Analysis tool window with the possibility to navigate to the fragment of the source code where the problem was detected.

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On this page:

Messages List

All the problem reports are displayed in a table which consists of two columns, Description and Location, and a summary below.

  • The Description column shows the message itself, which can be an error message, a warning, or a hint.
  • The Location column shows the following data:
    • The name of the Dart package in which the problem arose. The Dart package name corresponds to the project name from pubspec.yaml.
    • The relative from the the Dart package root to the file where the problem arose.
    • The line number where the problem arose.
  • The Summary area below the table shows the number of detected errors, warnings, or hints and the filter status.

Grouping and Sorting

The messages in the Dart Analysis tool window can be grouped and sorted. By default, the messages are primarily sorted by their severity, that is, the error messages are shown at the top of the list, then come warnings, and finally hints are displayed. In each severity group, messages are grouped by the Dart package name, which is super handy for projects with multiple pubspec.yaml files. In each package group, the messages are grouped by their file paths. Finally, in each file group, the problems are sorted by the line number where they occurred.

You can re-configure the secondary sorting:

  • Click the Location column header to switch between the ascending and descending order of the Dart package name + file path sorting. Note that this does not affect the order of severity groups, that is, errors are always shown first. Line numbers are not taken into consideration either, for each particular file problems are always shown in ascending order of line numbers.
  • Click the Description column header to perform the secondary sorting alphabetically by the problem description. Note that this does no affect the primary grouping by severity.

To disable the primary grouping by severity, release the Group by Severity toggle button icon_run_tool_window_dart_group_by_severity.png on the toolbar. After that the severity of a problem is not taken into consideration at all and problem reports are sorted only by their Description or Location (Dart package name + file path). This sorting method guarantees that all the problems for each particular file are grouped together in the table, regardless of their severity.

Toolbar Buttons

ItemTooltip and shortcutDescription
forceRefresh Reanalyze Dart Sources Click this button to run the analysis of the Dart source code of the project wothout stopping the Dart Analysis server.
icon_run_tool_window_kill.png Restart Dart Analysis Server Click this button to kill the Dart Analysis server and then start it.
autoScrollToSource.png Autoscroll to SourceIf this button is pressed, the file that contains the selected error automatically opens in the editor, with the caret at the appropriate line.
icon_run_tool_window_dart_group_by_severity.png Group by Severity
  • When this toggle button is pressed, the error messages are shown at the top of the list, then come warnings, and finally hints are displayed. In each severity group, messages are grouped by the Dart package name, which is super handy for projects with multiple pubspec.yaml files. In each package group, the messages are grouped by their file paths. Finally, in each file group, the problems are sorted by the line number where they occurred.

    You can re-configure the secondary sorting:

    • Click the Location column header to switch between the ascending and descending order of the Dart package name + file path sorting. Note that this does not affect the order of severity groups, that is, errors are always shown first. Line numbers are not taken into consideration either, for each particular file problems are always shown in ascending order of line numbers.
    • Click the Description column header to perform the secondary sorting alphabetically by the problem description. Note that this does no affect the primary grouping by severity.

  • Release this toggle button to disable the primary grouping by severity. After that the severity of a problem is not taken into consideration at all and problem reports are sorted only by their Description or Location (Dart package name + file path). This sorting method guarantees that all the problems for each particular file are grouped together in the table, regardless of their severity.
filter.png Filter Click this button to open the Dart Problems Filter pop-up window where you can configure the criteria according to which a problem report is displayed in the tool window or not.
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  • In the Severity area, specify the types of messages to be shown, the available types are Errors, Warnings, and Hints. To have the problems of a severity level displayed, select the check box next to this severity level.
  • In the Files area, choose the scope for which you want to see problem reports. The available options are:
    • Whole project
    • Current content root
    • Current package: when this option is selected but no pubspec.yaml file is detected up the folder hierarchy starting from the current file, then filtering is performed according to the content root where current file is located.
    • Current file
  • Click the Reset all filters link to restore the default filter settings.

Filtering is applied immediately as soon as you change the current settings.

help HelpUse this button to navigate to the help topic for the tool window.

Context Menu

ItemShortcutDescription
Jump to source F4 Click this button to navigate to the fragment of code that caused the selected problem.
CopyCtrl+C Take the line at caret to the clipboard.

See Also

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Last modified: 23 November 2016