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Flutter read local JSON file from assets



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Sometimes we need to read the local JSON file and show the parsed JSON data to our application. In this post, I'll show you how you can read and parse local JSON data and show it in a listview in your flutter application step by step.

Flutter read a local JSON file

  1. Make an asset folder
  2. Entry the JSON file into pubspec.yaml file.
  3. Write the dart code to read the JSON file.


Make an asset folder

Make an asset folder in your project root directory and put your JSON file into that. For example, our JSON file name is person.json and the content of the file looks like below.

    "name":"Jhon Smith",


Entry the JSON file into pubspec.yaml file.

Now open the pubspec.yaml file and add these on flutter section.

   - assets/person.json


Write the dart code to read the JSON file.

import these statements into your dart file.

import 'dart:async' show Future;
import 'package:flutter/services.dart' show rootBundle;
import 'dart:convert';
import 'package:flutter/services.dart';

Make a method to read the JSON file into your flutter application and call the locadJsonData method into initState

List data;

Future<String> loadJsonData() async {
    var jsonText = await rootBundle.loadString('assets/people.json');
    setState(() => data = json.decode(jsonText));
    return 'success';

void initState() {

With the help of the loadJsonData method, our JSON data will be available into List data; now just render the data with a ListView widget like below.

new ListView.builder(
    itemCount: data == null ? 0 : data.length,
    itemBuilder: (BuildContext context, int index) {
      var name = data[index]['name'];
      var email = data[index]['email'];

      return new Column(
        children: <Widget>[
          new ListTile(
            leading: CircleAvatar(
              child: new Icon(Icons.account_box),
            title: Text(name),
            subtitle: Text(email),
          new Divider(),


Hope, this step by step tutorial to read local JSON file in Flutter application will help you to learn how to read and parse JSON file in Flutter application. If you like this tutorial post, please share with others.

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