A convenience widget that combines common painting, positioning, and sizing widgets.

A container first surrounds the child with padding (inflated by any borders present in the decoration) and then applies additional constraints to the padded extent (incorporating the width and height as constraints, if either is non-null). The container is then surrounded by additional empty space described from the margin.

During painting, the container first applies the given transform, then paints the decoration to fill the padded extent, then it paints the child, and finally paints the foregroundDecoration, also filling the padded extent.

Containers with no children try to be as big as possible unless the incoming constraints are unbounded, in which case they try to be as small as possible. Containers with children size themselves to their children. The width, height, and constraints arguments to the constructor override this.

Layout behavior

See BoxConstraints for an introduction to box layout models.

Since Container combines a number of other widgets each with their own layout behavior, Container's layout behaviour is somewhat complicated.

tl;dr: Container tries, in order: to honor alignment, to size itself to the child, to honor the width, height, and constraints, to expand to fit the parent, to be as small as possible.

More specifically:

If the widget has no child, no height, no width, no constraints, and the parent provides unbounded constraints, then Container tries to size as small as possible.

If the widget has no child and no alignment, but a height, width, or constraints are provided, then the Container tries to be as small as possible given the combination of those constraints and the parent's constraints.

If the widget has no child, no height, no width, no constraints, and no alignment, but the parent provides bounded constraints, then Container expands to fit the constraints provided by the parent.

If the widget has an alignment, and the parent provides unbounded constraints, then the Container tries to size itself around the child.

If the widget has an alignment, and the parent provides bounded constraints, then the Container tries to expand to fit the parent, and then positions the child within itself as per the alignment.

Otherwise, the widget has a child but no height, no width, no constraints, and no alignment, and the Container passes the constraints from the parent to the child and sizes itself to match the child.

The margin and padding properties also affect the layout, as described in the documentation for those properties. (Their effects merely augment the rules described above.) The decoration can implicitly increase the padding (e.g. borders in a BoxDecoration contribute to the padding); see Decoration.padding.

Sample code

This example shows a 48x48 green square (placed inside a Center widget in case the parent widget has its own opinions regarding the size that the Container should take), with a margin so that it stays away from neighboring widgets:

new Center(
  child: new Container(
    margin: const EdgeInsets.all(10.0),
    color: const Color(0xFF00FF00),
    width: 48.0,
    height: 48.0,

This example shows how to use many of the features of Container at once. The constraints are set to fit the font size plus ample headroom vertically, while expanding horizontally to fit the parent. The padding is used to make sure there is space between the contents and the text. The color makes the box teal. The alignment causes the child to be centered in the box. The foregroundDecoration overlays a nine-patch image onto the text. Finally, the transform applies a slight rotation to the entire contraption to complete the effect.

new Container(
  constraints: new BoxConstraints.expand(
    height: Theme.of(context).textTheme.display1.fontSize * 1.1 + 200.0,
  padding: const EdgeInsets.all(8.0),
  color: Colors.teal.shade700,
  alignment: FractionalOffset.center,
  child: new Text('Hello World', style: Theme.of(context).textTheme.display1.copyWith(color: Colors.white)),
  foregroundDecoration: new BoxDecoration(
    image: new DecorationImage(
      image: new NetworkImage('https://www.example.com/images/frame.png'),
      centerSlice: new Rect.fromLTRB(270.0, 180.0, 1360.0, 730.0),
  transform: new Matrix4.rotationZ(0.1),

See also:



Container({Key key, FractionalOffset alignment, EdgeInsets padding, Color color, Decoration decoration, Decoration foregroundDecoration, double width, double height, BoxConstraints constraints, EdgeInsets margin, Matrix4 transform, Widget child })
Creates a widget that combines common painting, positioning, and sizing widgets. [...]


alignment FractionalOffset
Align the child within the container. [...]
child Widget
The child contained by the container. [...]
constraints BoxConstraints
Additional constraints to apply to the child. [...]
decoration Decoration
The decoration to paint behind the child. [...]
foregroundDecoration Decoration
The decoration to paint in front of the child.
margin EdgeInsets
Empty space to surround the decoration and child.
padding EdgeInsets
Empty space to inscribe inside the decoration. The child, if any, is placed inside this padding.
transform Matrix4
The transformation matrix to apply before painting the container.
hashCode int
The hash code for this object. [...]
read-only, inherited
key Key
Controls how one widget replaces another widget in the tree. [...]
final, inherited
runtimeType Type
A representation of the runtime type of the object.
read-only, inherited


build(BuildContext context) Widget
Describes the part of the user interface represented by this widget. [...]
debugFillDescription(List<String> description) → void
Add additional information to the given description for use by toString. [...]
createElement() StatelessElement
Creates a StatelessElement to manage this widget's location in the tree. [...]
noSuchMethod(Invocation invocation) → dynamic
Invoked when a non-existent method or property is accessed. [...]
toString() String
Returns a string representation of this object.
toStringShort() String
A short, textual description of this widget.


operator ==(other) bool
The equality operator. [...]