Floating Action Button - Flutter Widget Guide By Flutter Agency

FloatingActionButton Widget – Flutter Widget Guide By Flutter Agency

After discussing various articles like FlatButton Widget, RaisedButton Widget, OutlineButton Widget in detail. Now in this article, we will learn about FloatingActionButton Widget in detail.

What is FloatingActionButton Widget in Flutter ?

A FloatingActionButton Widget represents the primary action of a screen. Generally, it is located at the right bottom of the screen. let us understand the same with a detailed article on it.

Default constructor of a FloatingActionButton Widget will look like below:

Key key,
Widget child,
String tooltip,
Color foregroundColor,
Color backgroundColor,
Color focusColor,
Color hoverColor,
Color splashColor,
Object heroTag: const _DefaultHeroTag(),
double elevation,
double focusElevation,
double hoverElevation,
double highlightElevation,
double disabledElevation,
@required VoidCallback onPressed,
MouseCursor mouseCursor,
bool mini: false,
ShapeBorder shape,
Clip clipBehavior: Clip.none,
FocusNode focusNode,
bool autofocus: false,
MaterialTapTargetSize materialTapTargetSize,
bool isExtended: false,

In Above constructor all fields marked with @required must not be empty.

How to use FloatingActionButton Widget in Flutter ?

Create a new project and name ” fabdemo”. This includes a FloatingActionButton Widget for incrementing a counter. FloatingActionButtonLocation this property will set location for FloatingActionButton Widget.

onPressed: () {},
tooltip: 'Increment',
child: Icon(Icons.add),

Which will generate output like below :

Floating Action Button


Here, we have added the + Sign in an Icon is used to adding new content action for the screen. Users can change it to any appropriate icon to represent your screen main action.

How to change color of  Floating Action Button ?

  1. foregroundColor is for text/icon color.
  2. backgroundColor is for button background color.

Code snippet for the background will look like below :

floatingActionButton: FloatingActionButton(
  foregroundColor: Colors.black54,
  backgroundColor: Colors.yellow[600],
  child: Icon(Icons.plus_one),
  onPressed: () { print('Clicked'); },

We will get output like below :

FloatingActionButton Widget

FAB Background Color

How to change elevation value in Floating Action Button ?

The FloatingActionButton has default value of elevation = 6.0. Users can change to any value you want. If you want a shadowless button, just set it down to 0.

floatingActionButton: FloatingActionButton(
  foregroundColor: Colors.black54,
  backgroundColor: Colors.yellow[600],
  elevation: 0,
  child: Icon(Icons.plus_one),
  onPressed: () { print('Clicked'); },

Our Shadowless, no elevation, button will look like below :

How to make mini FloatingActionButton?

If you feel like the button is kinda big for the UI, you can make it smaller by configuring the mini value. It is a Boolean and is false by default. Set mini: true to make it smaller.

Code snippet for mini FloatingActionButton is as below :

floatingActionButton: FloatingActionButton(
  foregroundColor: Colors.black54,
  backgroundColor: Colors.yellow[600],
  child: Icon(Icons.plus_one),
  mini: true,
  onPressed: () { 
}, ),

Above code will give us output like below:


Floating Action Button mini

How to Change FloatingActionButton location?

User FloatingActionButton location by floatingActionButtonLocationof  Scaffold widget.There are four positions you can choose to set locations for FloatingActionButton.

  1. FloatingActionButtonLocation.centerDocked : sticked to buttom center.
  2. FloatingActionButtonLocation.centerFloat : float at center of the bottom.
  3. FloatingActionButtonLocation.endDocked : sticked to buttom center.
  4. FloatingActionButtonLocation.endFloat : float at bottom center.

Center FAB

Floating Action Button Center Location


In this article, we have been through What is FloatingActionButton Widget in Flutter along with how to implement it in a Flutter.

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Abhishek Dhanani

Written by Abhishek Dhanani

Abhishek Dhanani, a skilled software developer with 3+ years of experience, masters Dart, JavaScript, TypeScript, and frameworks like Flutter and NodeJS. Proficient in MySQL, Firebase, and cloud platforms AWS and GCP, he delivers innovative digital solutions.

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