A widget that insets its child by the given padding.

When passing layout constraints to its child, padding shrinks the constraints by the given padding, causing the child to layout at a smaller size. Padding then sizes itself to its child's size, inflated by the padding, effectively creating empty space around the child.

Sample code

This snippet indents the child (a Card with some Text) by eight pixels in each direction:

new Padding(
  padding: new EdgeInsets.all(8.0),
  child: const Card(child: const Text('Hello World!')),

Design discussion

Why use a Padding widget rather than a Container with a Container.padding property?

There isn't really any difference between the two. If you supply a Container.padding argument, Container simply builds a Padding widget for you.

Container doesn't implement its properties directly. Instead, Container combines a number of simpler widgets together into a convenient package. For example, the Container.padding property causes the container to build a Padding widget and the Container.decoration property causes the container to build a DecoratedBox widget. If you find Container convenient, feel free to use it. If not, feel free to build these simpler widgets in whatever combination meets your needs.

In fact, the majority of widgets in Flutter are simply combinations of other simpler widgets. Composition, rather than inheritance, is the primary mechansim for building up widgets.

See also:

  • EdgeInsets, the class that is used to describe the padding dimensions.
  • Center, which positions the child at its natural dimensions, centered in the parent.


Padding({Key key, @required EdgeInsets padding, Widget child })
Creates a widget that insets its child. [...]


padding EdgeInsets
The amount of space by which to inset the child.
child Widget
The widget below this widget in the tree.
final, inherited
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


createRenderObject(BuildContext context) RenderPadding
Creates an instance of the RenderObject class that this RenderObjectWidget represents, using the configuration described by this RenderObjectWidget. [...]
debugFillProperties(DiagnosticPropertiesBuilder description) → void
updateRenderObject(BuildContext context, RenderPadding renderObject) → void
Copies the configuration described by this RenderObjectWidget to the given RenderObject, which will be of the same type as returned by this object's createRenderObject. [...]
createElement() SingleChildRenderObjectElement
RenderObjectWidgets always inflate to a RenderObjectElement subclass.
debugDescribeChildren() List<DiagnosticsNode>
Returns a list of DiagnosticsNode objects describing this node's children. [...]
@protected, inherited
didUnmountRenderObject(RenderObject renderObject) → void
A render object previously associated with this widget has been removed from the tree. The given RenderObject will be of the same type as returned by this object's createRenderObject.
@protected, inherited
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() String
Returns a string representation of this object.
toStringDeep([String prefixLineOne = '', String prefixOtherLines ]) String
Returns a string representation of this node and its descendants. [...]
toStringShallow([String joiner = ', ' ]) 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. [...]