Flutter: 6 Best Packages to Create Cool Bottom App Bars

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Flutter provides several built-in widgets that can help you create a bottom bar for your app (BottomAppBar, BottomNavigationBar, CupertinoBottomTab, and maybe NavigationRail). However, there might be cases where you want to make a special bottom bar with stunning animation effects. In these scenarios, taking advantage of an open-source plugin is time-saving and headache-reducing. This article walks you through a list of best packages to implement cool bottom app bars in Flutter (the main criteria are the numbers of likes on pub.dev and stars on GitHub).

Convex Bottom Bar

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At the time of writing, convex_bottom_bar is one of the most popular plugins on pub.dev. It helps you conveniently show a convex tab in the bottom bar.

Key features:

  • Theming supported
  • Various internal styles and hook API to override some of these internal styles
  • Builder API to customize new style on your own
  • Elegant transition animation
  • Badges

You can install the plugin by running the following command:

flutter pub add convex_bottom_bar

Then use it like so:

import 'package:convex_bottom_bar/convex_bottom_bar.dart';

Scaffold(
  bottomNavigationBar: ConvexAppBar(
    items: [
      TabItem(icon: Icons.home, title: 'Home'),
      TabItem(icon: Icons.map, title: 'Discovery'),
      TabItem(icon: Icons.add, title: 'Add'),
    ],
    onTap: (int i) => print('click index=$i'),
  )
);

Bottom Navy Bar

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This package helps you create a beautiful and animated bottom navigation bar.

By default, BottomNavyBar uses your app’s theme. However, you can customize it as you want. To install the package, perform the following command:

flutter pub add bottom_navy_bar

Sample usage:

import 'package:bottom_navy_bar/bottom_navy_bar.dart';

// the currently selected page
int _selectedIndex = 0;

Scaffold(
   /* Other code */
   bottomNavigationBar: BottomNavyBar(
    selectedIndex: _selectedIndex,
    showElevation: true,
    onItemSelected: (index) => setState(() {
                _selectedIndex = index;
                _pageController.animateToPage(index,
                    duration: Duration(milliseconds: 300), curve: Curves.ease);
      }),
    items: [
      BottomNavyBarItem(
        icon: Icon(Icons.home),
        title: Text('Home'),
        activeColor: Colors.red,
      ),
      BottomNavyBarItem(
          icon: Icon(Icons.favorite),
          title: Text('Favorites'),
          activeColor: Colors.purpleAccent
      ),
      BottomNavyBarItem(
          icon: Icon(Icons.settings),
          title: Text('Settings'),
          activeColor: Colors.blue
      ),
    ],
  )
)

Animated Bottom Navigation Bar

Insights:

This package helps you implement an animated bottom nav bar with a notch (or without a notch). It is highly customizable and easy to use.

Install:

flutter pub add animated_bottom_navigation_bar

Quick example:

import 'package:animated_bottom_navigation_bar/animated_bottom_navigation_bar.dart';

int _bottomNavIndex = 0;

Scaffold(
   floatingActionButton: FloatingActionButton(/* ... */),
   floatingActionButtonLocation: FloatingActionButtonLocation.centerDocked,
   bottomNavigationBar: AnimatedBottomNavigationBar(
      icons: iconList,
      activeIndex: _bottomNavIndex,
      gapLocation: GapLocation.center,
      notchSmoothness: NotchSmoothness.verySmoothEdge,
      leftCornerRadius: 32,
      rightCornerRadius: 32,
      onTap: (index) => setState(() => _bottomNavIndex = index),
      //other params
   ),
);

Salomon Bottom Bar

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This package helps you easily implement an animated, succinct, gorgeous bottom bar.

To install the plugin, run the command below:

flutter pub add salomon_bottom_bar

Then use it like so:

import 'package:salomon_bottom_bar/salomon_bottom_bar.dart';

int _currentIndex = 0;

Scaffold(
        appBar: AppBar(
          title: Text(MyApp.title),
        ),
        bottomNavigationBar: SalomonBottomBar(
          currentIndex: _currentIndex,
          onTap: (i) => setState(() => _currentIndex = i),
          items: [
            /// Home
            SalomonBottomBarItem(
              icon: Icon(Icons.home),
              title: Text("Home"),
              selectedColor: Colors.purple,
            ),

            /// Likes
            SalomonBottomBarItem(
              icon: Icon(Icons.favorite_border),
              title: Text("Likes"),
              selectedColor: Colors.pink,
            ),

            /// Search
            SalomonBottomBarItem(
              icon: Icon(Icons.search),
              title: Text("Search"),
              selectedColor: Colors.orange,
            ),

            /// Profile
            SalomonBottomBarItem(
              icon: Icon(Icons.person),
              title: Text("Profile"),
              selectedColor: Colors.teal,
            ),
          ],
        ),
)

Bottom Bar With Sheet

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This package helps you implement a kind of combination of a bottom nav bar with a bottom sheet. You can also add a big action button as needed. It’s hard to be depicted by words. Let’s see the GIF below for more understanding:

Install:

flutter pub add bottom_bar_with_sheet

Quick example:

import 'package:bottom_bar_with_sheet/bottom_bar_with_sheet.dart';

/*...*/

Scaffold(
  bottomNavigationBar: BottomBarWithSheet(
    controller: _bottomBarController,
    bottomBarTheme: const BottomBarTheme(
      decoration: BoxDecoration(color: Colors.white),
      itemIconColor: Colors.grey,
    ),
    items: const [
      BottomBarWithSheetItem(icon: Icons.people),
      BottomBarWithSheetItem(icon: Icons.favorite),
    ],
  ),
)

Bubble Bottom Bar

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Another nice package for making bottom app bar in Flutter.

Installing:

flutter pub add bubble_bottom_bar

Quick example:

import 'package:bubble_bottom_bar/bubble_bottom_bar.dart';

/* ... */
Scaffold(
  floatingActionButton: FloatingActionButton(
          onPressed: (){},
          child: Icon(Icons.add),
          backgroundColor: Colors.red,
  ),
  floatingActionButtonLocation: FloatingActionButtonLocation.endDocked,
  bottomNavigationBar: BubbleBottomBar(
          opacity: .2,
          currentIndex: currentIndex,
          onTap: changePage,
          borderRadius: BorderRadius.vertical(top: Radius.circular(16)),
          elevation: 8,
          fabLocation: BubbleBottomBarFabLocation.end, //new
          hasNotch: true, //new
          hasInk: true, //new, gives a cute ink effect
          inkColor: Colors.black12, //optional, uses theme color if not specified
          items: <BubbleBottomBarItem>[
              BubbleBottomBarItem(backgroundColor: Colors.red, icon: Icon(Icons.dashboard, color: Colors.black,), activeIcon: Icon(Icons.dashboard, color: Colors.red,), title: Text("Home")),
              BubbleBottomBarItem(backgroundColor: Colors.deepPurple, icon: Icon(Icons.access_time, color: Colors.black,), activeIcon: Icon(Icons.access_time, color: Colors.deepPurple,), title: Text("Logs")),
              BubbleBottomBarItem(backgroundColor: Colors.indigo, icon: Icon(Icons.folder_open, color: Colors.black,), activeIcon: Icon(Icons.folder_open, color: Colors.indigo,), title: Text("Folders")),
              BubbleBottomBarItem(backgroundColor: Colors.green, icon: Icon(Icons.menu, color: Colors.black,), activeIcon: Icon(Icons.menu, color: Colors.green,), title: Text("Menu"))
          ],
        ),
)

Wrapping Up

We’ve covered the most popular open-source bottom bar packages for Flutter. All of them are null-safety and well-documented. Chose from them the one that suits your needs. If you find something obsolete or incorrect, please let us know by leaving a comment.

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