Examples of using Future, async, await in Flutter

Updated: September 13, 2023 By: Augustus Post a comment

A few examples of using Future, async, and await in Flutter applications.

Simple Example

This example simply prints “Doing…” and “Task completed!” to the console. However, the first will appear before the later 2 seconds.

The code:

import 'package:flutter/foundation.dart' show debugPrint;

Future<void> doSomething() {
  return Future.delayed(const Duration(seconds: 2), () {
    debugPrint('Task completed!');

void main() {

When looking at your terminal window, you’ll see “Doing… before “Task completed!” like this:

Fetching Data From APIs

Fetching data from APIs on remote servers is one of the most common use cases of Future, async, and await in Flutter. For convenience, you should install the http package, a Future-based library for making HTTP requests.

To install the http package, add http and its version to the dependencies section in your pubspec.yaml file by executing this:

flutter pub add http

Then run this command:

flutter pub get

The code:

import 'dart:convert';
import 'package:flutter/foundation.dart';
import 'package:http/http.dart' as http;

Future<void> loadData() async {
  // This is an open api for testing
  // Thanks to the Typicode team
  final url = Uri.parse('https://api.slingacademy.com/v1/sample-data/users');
  try {
    final http.Response response = await http.get(url);
    final loadedTodos = json.decode(response.body);
    if (kDebugMode) {
  } catch (err) {

// Call the _loadData function somewhere
void main() {


{success: true, message: Sample data for testing and learning purposes, total_users: 1000, offset: 0, limit: 10, users: [{id: 1, gender: female, date_of_birth: 2002-04-26T00:00:00, job: Herbalist, city: Humphreyfurt, zipcode: 79574, latitude: 13.032103, profile_picture: https://api.slingacademy.com/public/sample-users/1.png, email: [email protected], first_name: Kayla, last_name: Lopez, phone: +1-697-415-3345x5215, street: 3388 Roger Wells Apt. 010, state: Vermont, country: Jordan, longitude: 112.16014}, {id: 2, gender: female, date_of_birth: 1924-05-14T00:00:00, job: Technical author, city: West Angelaside, zipcode: 44459, latitude: 51.5214995, profile_picture: https://api.slingacademy.com/public/sample-users/2.png, email: [email protected], first_name: Tina, last_name: Patrick, phone: 800-865-4932, street: 4564 Gamble Light Suite 885, state: Kansas, country: Greenland, longitude: -21.22766}, {id: 3, gender: female, date_of_birth: 1998-04-23T00:00:00, job: P<…>

If you want to fully print a very long output, see this article: How to Fully Print a Long String/List/Map in Flutter.

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