NestedScrollView class

A scrolling view inside of which can be nested other scrolling views, with their scroll positions being intrinsically linked.

The most common use case for this widget is a scrollable view with a flexible SliverAppBar containing a TabBar in the header (build by headerSliverBuilder, and with a TabBarView in the body, such that the scrollable view's contents vary based on which tab is visible.


In a normal ScrollView, there is one set of slivers (the components of the scrolling view). If one of those slivers hosted a TabBarView which scrolls in the opposite direction (e.g. allowing the user to swipe horizontally between the pages represented by the tabs, while the list scrolls vertically), then any list inside that TabBarView would not interact with the outer ScrollView. For example, flinging the inner list to scroll to the top would not cause a collapsed SliverAppBar in the outer ScrollView to expand.

NestedScrollView solves this problem by providing custom ScrollControllers for the outer ScrollView and the inner ScrollViews (those inside the TabBarView, hooking them together so that they appear, to the user, as one coherent scroll view.

Sample code

This example shows a NestedScrollView whose header is the combination of a TabBar in a SliverAppBar and whose body is a TabBarView. It uses a SliverOverlapAbsorber/SliverOverlapInjector pair to make the inner lists align correctly, and it uses SafeArea to avoid any horizontal disturbances (e.g. the "notch" on iOS when the phone is horizontal). In addition, PageStorageKeys are used to remember the scroll position of each tab's list.

In the example below, _tabs is a list of strings, one for each tab, giving the tab labels. In a real application, it would be replaced by the actual data model being represented.

new DefaultTabController(
  length: _tabs.length, // This is the number of tabs.
  child: new NestedScrollView(
    headerSliverBuilder: (BuildContext context, bool innerBoxIsScrolled) {
      // These are the slivers that show up in the "outer" scroll view.
      return <Widget>[
        new SliverOverlapAbsorber(
          // This widget takes the overlapping behavior of the SliverAppBar,
          // and redirects it to the SliverOverlapInjector below. If it is
          // missing, then it is possible for the nested "inner" scroll view
          // below to end up under the SliverAppBar even when the inner
          // scroll view thinks it has not been scrolled.
          // This is not necessary if the "headerSliverBuilder" only builds
          // widgets that do not overlap the next sliver.
          handle: NestedScrollView.sliverOverlapAbsorberHandleFor(context),
          child: new SliverAppBar(
            title: const Text('Books'), // This is the title in the app bar.
            pinned: true,
            expandedHeight: 150.0,
            // The "forceElevated" property causes the SliverAppBar to show
            // a shadow. The "innerBoxIsScrolled" parameter is true when the
            // inner scroll view is scrolled beyond its "zero" point, i.e.
            // when it appears to be scrolled below the SliverAppBar.
            // Without this, there are cases where the shadow would appear
            // or not appear inappropriately, because the SliverAppBar is
            // not actually aware of the precise position of the inner
            // scroll views.
            forceElevated: innerBoxIsScrolled,
            bottom: new TabBar(
              // These are the widgets to put in each tab in the tab bar.
              tabs: name) => new Tab(text: name)).toList(),
    body: new TabBarView(
      // These are the contents of the tab views, below the tabs.
      children: name) {
        return new SafeArea(
          top: false,
          bottom: false,
          child: new Builder(
            // This Builder is needed to provide a BuildContext that is "inside"
            // the NestedScrollView, so that sliverOverlapAbsorberHandleFor() can
            // find the NestedScrollView.
            builder: (BuildContext context) {
              return new CustomScrollView(
                // The "controller" and "primary" members should be left
                // unset, so that the NestedScrollView can control this
                // inner scroll view.
                // If the "controller" property is set, then this scroll
                // view will not be associated with the NestedScrollView.
                // The PageStorageKey should be unique to this ScrollView;
                // it allows the list to remember its scroll position when
                // the tab view is not on the screen.
                key: new PageStorageKey<String>(name),
                slivers: <Widget>[
                  new SliverOverlapInjector(
                    // This is the flip side of the SliverOverlapAbsorber above.
                    handle: NestedScrollView.sliverOverlapAbsorberHandleFor(context),
                  new SliverPadding(
                    padding: const EdgeInsets.all(8.0),
                    // In this example, the inner scroll view has
                    // fixed-height list items, hence the use of
                    // SliverFixedExtentList. However, one could use any
                    // sliver widget here, e.g. SliverList or SliverGrid.
                    sliver: new SliverFixedExtentList(
                      // The items in this example are fixed to 48 pixels
                      // high. This matches the Material Design spec for
                      // ListTile widgets.
                      itemExtent: 48.0,
                      delegate: new SliverChildBuilderDelegate(
                        (BuildContext context, int index) {
                          // This builder is called for each child.
                          // In this example, we just number each list item.
                          return new ListTile(
                            title: new Text('Item $index'),
                        // The childCount of the SliverChildBuilderDelegate
                        // specifies how many children this inner list
                        // has. In this example, each tab has a list of
                        // exactly 30 items, but this is arbitrary.
                        childCount: 30,


NestedScrollView({Key key, ScrollController controller, Axis scrollDirection: Axis.vertical, bool reverse: false, ScrollPhysics physics, @required NestedScrollViewHeaderSliversBuilder headerSliverBuilder, @required Widget body })
Creates a nested scroll view. [...]


body Widget
The widget to show inside the NestedScrollView. [...]
controller ScrollController
An object that can be used to control the position to which the outer scroll view is scrolled.
headerSliverBuilder NestedScrollViewHeaderSliversBuilder
A builder for any widgets that are to precede the inner scroll views (as given by body). [...]
physics ScrollPhysics
How the scroll view should respond to user input. [...]
reverse bool
Whether the scroll view scrolls in the reading direction. [...]
scrollDirection Axis
The axis along which the scroll view scrolls. [...]
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


createState() → _NestedScrollViewState
Creates the mutable state for this widget at a given location in the tree. [...]
createElement() StatefulElement
Creates a StatefulElement to manage this widget's location in the tree. [...]
debugDescribeChildren() List<DiagnosticsNode>
Returns a list of DiagnosticsNode objects describing this node's children. [...]
@protected, inherited
debugFillProperties(DiagnosticPropertiesBuilder description) → void
Add additional properties associated with the node. [...]
noSuchMethod(Invocation invocation) → dynamic
Invoked when a non-existent method or property is accessed. [...]
toDiagnosticsNode({String name, DiagnosticsTreeStyle style }) DiagnosticsNode
Returns a debug representation of the object that is used by debugging tools and by toStringDeep. [...]
toString({DiagnosticLevel minLevel: DiagnosticLevel.debug }) String
Returns a string representation of this object.
toStringDeep({String prefixLineOne: '', String prefixOtherLines, DiagnosticLevel minLevel: DiagnosticLevel.debug }) String
Returns a string representation of this node and its descendants. [...]
toStringShallow({String joiner: ', ', DiagnosticLevel minLevel: DiagnosticLevel.debug }) String
Returns a one-line detailed description of the object. [...]
toStringShort() String
A short, textual description of this widget.


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

Static Methods

sliverOverlapAbsorberHandleFor(BuildContext context) SliverOverlapAbsorberHandle
Returns the SliverOverlapAbsorberHandle of the nearest ancestor NestedScrollView. [...]