Enum Classes for Dart

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Enum Classes provide classes with enum features and are part of Libraries for Object Oriented Dart.


Enums are very helpful in modelling the real world: whenever there are a small fixed set of options, an enum is a natural choice. For an object oriented design, though, enums need to be classes. Dart falls short here, so Enum Classes provide what's missing!


  • Constants have name and toString, can be used in switch statements, and are real classes that can hold code and implement interfaces

  • Generated values method that returns all the enum values in a BuiltSet (immutable set)
  • Generated valueOf method that takes a String

Using Enum Classes

Enum Classes use the source_gen library for code generation. The typical way to use it is via a build.dart tool that you create for your project. When you run it, all the generated files are updated.

Here's what you need to do to use Enum Classes:

  1. Add a library dependency on enum_class to your pubspec.yaml
  2. Add a dev dependency on enum_class_generator to your pubspec.yaml
  3. Create a build.dart for your project. See example, below.
  4. Run pub run tools/build.dart whenever you need to update the generated files.
  5. To make an Enum Class, import package:enum_class/enum_class.dart then extend EnumClass.

See this example for a full project with a build.dart and an enum.

Features and bugs

Please file feature requests and bugs at the issue tracker.