Test Flutter on Drone CI
This post is specific to Drone CI, but is probably easily adoptable to other CI systems, like Gitlab.
Flutter is UI library based on Dart to create beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile. Web and desktop targets are also in the works.
Recently I’ve been playing around with Flutter and Dart. As a backend engineer I have to say I quite like it. Dart is a breeze to work with, the static typing helps a lot. Flutter itself offers a react-like way of structuring your app, but it runs natively on Android and iOS. At Kabisa we’re in the process of adopting Flutter as our go-to solution for cross platform mobile apps.
Anyway, one of the first things I do is hook a new project up with my CI, currently Drone CI. I started looking for an already published docker image that contains the latest flutter-stable installation. I soon found cirruslabs/docker-images-flutter, but ran into an permission error. Turns out [I’m not the only one][cl-issues], but with a few simple steps you can test your flutter app with this image on Drone CI without issue.
kind: pipeline name: default steps: - name: test image: cirrusci/flutter:stable commands: - sudo chown -R cirrus:cirrus . - flutter doctor - flutter test
The magic is the
sudo chown -R cirrus:cirrus .. The flutter docker images are based on Cirrus Labs’ android SDK images, which runs
commands as the
cirrus user. This will change permissions and the flutter commands can now run without issue.
Any next steps in your pipeline will encounter files owned by
cirrus. Since most drone plugins and images run as
root anyway, this is not much of and issue. You could add another command to the snippet above to reset permissions back to
Note that I’m using
cirrusci/flutter:stable. They’ve also got images available for
dev, just use the appropriate tag.