Flutter Mutillevel DropdownButton Tutorial with real data example

Flutter Multilevel Drop Down Tutorial

Flutter DropdownButton is a very important component of flutter app development, no app can be complete without using flutter dropdown. In this tutorial, we will focus on multilevel Dropdown which means, there will be a hierarchy of Dropdowns or you can say a parent-child relationship of Dropdown.

Flutter multilevel dropdown useful when user will choose a value from Dropdown A on the basis of selection Dropdown B will change its values. These values can be static or can come from a database or an API.

In this tutorial I am taking example of State and District relation. On the selection of State from dropdown, child will show District list. As the State will change District will also change as per selection.


Here is the code example of Flutter DropdownButton. This whole project is based on 4 different classes, as we are following best code practice so we categories our code in classes, as per need.

Class 1- slate_model.dart (which is a Model)

class StateModel {
String state;
List<String> districts;

StateModel({this.state, this.districts});

StateModel.fromJson(Map<String, dynamic> json) {
state = json['state'];
districts = json['districts'].cast<String>();

Map<String, dynamic> toJson() {
final Map<String, dynamic> data = new Map<String, dynamic>();
data['state'] = this.state;
data['districts'] = this.districts;
return data;

Class 2 – repostitory.dart (I have added only 2 json elements, whole json you can get from attached code)

import 'package:multi_dropdown/state_model.dart';

class Repository {
  List<Map> getAll() => _india;

  getLocalByState(String state) => _india
      .map((map) => StateModel.fromJson(map))
      .where((item) => item.state == state)
      .map((item) => item.districts)
      .expand((i) => i)

  List<String> getStates() => _india
      .map((map) => StateModel.fromJson(map))
      .map((item) => item.state)

  List _india = [
      "state": "Andhra Pradesh",
      "districts": [
        "East Godavari",
        "West Godavari",
        "YSR Kadapa"
      "state": "Arunachal Pradesh",
      "districts": [
        "West Kameng",
        "East Kameng",
        "Papum Pare",
        "Kurung Kumey",
        "Kra Daadi",
        "Lower Subansiri",
        "Upper Subansiri",
        "West Siang",
        "East Siang",
        "Upper Siang",
        "Lower Siang",
        "Lower Dibang Valley",
        "Dibang Valley",

Class 3- home_screen.dart

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:multi_dropdown/repository.dart';

class Home extends StatefulWidget {
  _HomeState createState() => _HomeState();

class _HomeState extends State<Home> {
  Repository repo = Repository();

  List<String> _states = ["Choose a state"];
  List<String> _districts = ["Choose .."];
  String _selectedState = "Choose a state";
  String _selectedDistrict = "Choose ..";

  void initState() {
    _states = List.from(_states)..addAll(repo.getStates());

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text("Multi Dropdown Example"),
        elevation: 0.1,
      body: SafeArea(
        child: Container(
          padding: EdgeInsets.symmetric(horizontal: 50, vertical: 30),
          child: Column(
            children: <Widget>[
                isExpanded: true,
                items: _states.map((String dropDownStringItem) {
                  return DropdownMenuItem<String>(
                    value: dropDownStringItem,
                    child: Text(dropDownStringItem),
                onChanged: (value) => _onSelectedState(value),
                value: _selectedState,
                isExpanded: true,
                items: _districts.map((String dropDownStringItem) {
                  return DropdownMenuItem<String>(
                    value: dropDownStringItem,
                    child: Text(dropDownStringItem),
                // onChanged: (value) => print(value),
                onChanged: (value) => _onSelectedDistrict(value),
                value: _selectedDistrict,

  void _onSelectedState(String value) {
    setState(() {
      _selectedDistrict = "Choose ..";
      _districts = ["Choose .."];
      _selectedState = value;
      _districts = List.from(_districts)..addAll(repo.getLocalByState(value));

  void _onSelectedDistrict(String value) {
    setState(() => _selectedDistrict = value);

Class 4 – main.dart

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:multi_dropdown/home_screen.dart';

void main() => runApp(MyApp());

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
Widget build(BuildContext context) {
return MaterialApp(
title: 'Flutter Demo',
theme: ThemeData(
primarySwatch: Colors.blue,
home: Home(),

If you have any query feel free to ask. Also check out the bottom navigation series and custom textfield and many others..

Download full code.

Thanks for reading.

Er. Sandeep Singh Sidhu

I am the founder of CallStem Software LLP and Stem Technocrats IT Services, Blood Wallet, Apni Boli, and of course flutterfumes.com.
I am very passionate about technology and learning new things. I believe sharing knowledge is the most powerful way to learn. One who is an active learner is always an active contributor too because whatever you learn, you should implement.

I also love to write poetry, and talking to myself is my favorite all-time activity, no matter it is a program logic, emotional poetry, or a social issue.

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