Implicit Flutter Animations

Oct 4 2022 Dart 2.17, Flutter 3.0, Visual Studio Code 1.7

Part 2: Implicit Animations in Action

10. Animate the Item Switcher's Selector

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The next and stage in our animation sequence is to animate the position of the bottom selector widget. We want to animate horizontal position to the center of the selected item.

GlobalKey _itemKey1 = GlobalKey();
GlobalKey _itemKey2 = GlobalKey();
GlobalKey _itemKey3 = GlobalKey();
void _selectIem(int id){
    late GlobalKey globalKey;
    switch (id) {
        case 1:
            globalKey = _itemKey1;
        case 2:
            globalKey = _itemKey2;
        case 3:
            globalKey = _itemKey3;

// Insdide Row of build method
    key: _itemKey1,
    key: _itemKey2,
    key: _itemKey3,
double _selectorPositionX = 24;
final double _selectorWidth = 30;
void _selectItem(int id) {
    // Remove the setState() called here
// Paste this
_setWidgetPositionX(GlobalKey key) {
    final widgetRenderBox =
        key.currentContext?.findRenderObject() as RenderBox?;

    if (widgetRenderBox != null) {
      final widgetPosition = widgetRenderBox.localToGlobal(;
      final widgetSize = widgetRenderBox.size;

      _selectorPositionX =
          widgetPosition.dx - ((_selectorWidth - widgetSize.width) / 2);
    setState(() {});
// Inside the build method
    duration: const Duration(milliseconds: 450),
    curve: Curves.fastOutSlowIn,
    left: _selectorPositionX,
    child: Container(
        width: _selectorWidth,
void initState() {
    WidgetsBinding.instance.addPostFrameCallback((_) {