3 Best Http Clients for Flutter

To make the most of Flutter, developers need to use an HTTP client to make requests to web services and receive responses.

Developers often choose an HTTP client when they need to send and get data from APIs. Flutter is new but it is already gets supported by good HTTP clients.

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http contains a variety of high-level functions and classes that make it easy to send and get an HTTP request and response. It supports multi-platform, including mobile, desktop, and web.

import 'package:http/http.dart' as http;

var response = await http.get('https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts/1');


dio is a powerful HTTP client for Dart. It supports FormData, Request Cancellation, Interceptors, Global configuration, File downloading, Timeout, and more.

import 'package:dio/dio.dart';

void request() async {
  try {
    Response response = await Dio().get("https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts/");
  } catch (e) {

There are many packages that make dio better.

dio_cookie_managerA cookie manager for Dio
dio_http2_adapterA Dio HttpClientAdapter which supports Http/2.0
dio_flutter_transformerA Dio transformer especially for flutter, by which the JSON decoding will be in the background with compute function.
dio_http_cacheA cache library for Dio, like Rxcache in Android. dio-http-cache uses sqflite as disk cache and LRU strategy as a memory cache.


retrofit, inspired by Chopper and Retrofit, is a dio client generator using source_gen.

import 'package:json_annotation/json_annotation.dart';
import 'package:retrofit/retrofit.dart';
import 'package:dio/dio.dart';

part 'example.g.dart';

@RestApi(baseUrl: "https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com")
abstract class RestClient {
  factory RestClient(Dio dio, {String baseUrl}) = _RestClient;

  Future<List<Post>> getPosts();

class Post {
  String userId;
  String id;  
  String title;
  String body;

  Post({this.userId, this.id, this.title, this.body});

  factory Post.fromJson(Map<String, dynamic> json) => _$PostFromJson(json);
  Map<String, dynamic> toJson() => _$PostToJson(this);

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