How to Test Navigation Via Navigator In Flutter

How to Test Navigation Via Navigator In Flutter ??

Earlier we have been through various articles based on how to change from Stateless Widget to Stateful Widget. So, in this article, we will go through How to Test Navigation Via Navigator In Flutter.

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How to Test Navigation Via Navigator In Flutter??

In the navigator tests in the flutter repo they use the NavigatorObserver class to observe navigations:

igations:

class TestObserver extends NavigatorObserver {
  OnObservation onPushed;
  OnObservation onPopped;
  OnObservation onRemoved;
  OnObservation onReplaced;

  @override
  void didPush(Route<dynamic> route, Route<dynamic> previousRoute) {
    if (onPushed != null) {
      onPushed(route, previousRoute);
    }
  }

  @override
  void didPop(Route<dynamic> route, Route<dynamic> previousRoute) {
    if (onPopped != null) {
      onPopped(route, previousRoute);
    }
  }

  @override
  void didRemove(Route<dynamic> route, Route<dynamic> previousRoute) {
    if (onRemoved != null)
      onRemoved(route, previousRoute);
  }

  @override
  void didReplace({ Route<dynamic> oldRoute, Route<dynamic> newRoute }) {
    if (onReplaced != null)
      onReplaced(newRoute, oldRoute);
  }
}

Navigation could be abstracted away from a screen or a widget. The test can mock and inject this abstraction. This approach should be sufficient for testing such behavior.

There are several ways how to achieve that. I will show one of those, for purpose of this response. Perhaps it’s possible to simplify it a bit or to make it more “Darty”.

Abstraction for navigation 👇

class AppNavigatorFactory {
  AppNavigator get(BuildContext context) =>
      AppNavigator._forNavigator(Navigator.of(context));
}

class TestAppNavigatorFactory extends AppNavigatorFactory {
  final AppNavigator mockAppNavigator;

  TestAppNavigatorFactory(this.mockAppNavigator);

  @override
  AppNavigator get(BuildContext context) => mockAppNavigator;
}

class AppNavigator {
  NavigatorState _flutterNavigator;
  AppNavigator._forNavigator(this._flutterNavigator);

  void showNextscreen() {
    _flutterNavigator.pushNamed('/nextscreen');
  }
}

Injection into a widget 👇

class MyScreen extends StatefulWidget {
  final _appNavigatorFactory;
  MyScreen(this._appNavigatorFactory, {Key key}) : super(key: key);

  @override
  _MyScreenState createState() => _MyScreenState(_appNavigatorFactory);
}

class _MyScreenState extends State<MyScreen> {
  final _appNavigatorFactory;

  _MyScreenState(this._appNavigatorFactory);

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
        body: Center(
            child: RaisedButton(
                onPressed: () {
                    _appNavigatorFactory.get(context).showNextscreen();
                },
                child: Text(Strings.traktTvUrl)
            )
        )
    );
  }

}

Example of a test (Uses Mockito for Dart) 👇

class MockAppNavigator extends Mock implements AppNavigator {}

void main() {
  final appNavigator = MockAppNavigator();

  setUp(() {
    reset(appNavigator);
  });


  testWidgets('Button is present and triggers navigation after tapped',
      (WidgetTester tester) async {

    await tester.pumpWidget(MaterialApp(home: MyScreen(TestAppNavigatorFactory())));

    expect(find.byType(RaisedButton), findsOneWidget);
    await tester.tap(find.byType(RaisedButton));

    verify(appNavigator.showNextscreen());
  });
}

So you can create a mocked NavigatorObserver to avoid any extra boilerplate:

import 'package:mockito/mockito.dart';

class MockNavigatorObserver extends Mock implements NavigatorObserver {}

So that would translate to your test case as shown in the below snippet:

void main() {
  testWidgets('Button is present and triggers navigation after tapped',
      (WidgetTester tester) async {
    final mockObserver = MockNavigatorObserver();
    await tester.pumpWidget(
      MaterialApp(
        home: MyScreen(),
        navigatorObservers: [mockObserver],
      ),
    );

    expect(find.byType(RaisedButton), findsOneWidget);
    await tester.tap(find.byType(RaisedButton));
    await tester.pumpAndSettle();

    /// Verify that a push event happened
    verify(mockObserver.didPush(any, any));

    /// You'd also want to be sure that your page is now
    /// present in the screen.
    expect(find.byType(DetailsPage), findsOneWidget);
  });
}

You can find a detailed article on it from which you can find it here.

Conclusion:

So in this article, we have been through How to Test Navigation Via Navigator In Flutter.

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Nirali Patel

Written by Nirali Patel

Nirali Patel is a dedicated Flutter developer with over two years of experience, specializing in creating seamless mobile applications using Dart. With a passion for crafting user-centric solutions, Nirali combines technical proficiency with innovative thinking to push the boundaries of mobile app development.

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