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ProviderObserver listens to the changes of a ProviderContainer.

To use it, extend the class ProviderObserver and override the method you like to use.

ProviderObserver has four methods :

  • didAddProvider is called every time a provider was initialized, and the value exposed is value.
  • didDisposeProvider is called every time A provider was disposed
  • didUpdateProvider is called every time my providers when they emit a notification.
  • mayHaveChanged is called when the dependency of a provider changed, but it is not yet sure if the computed value changes.

It is possible that mayHaveChanged will be called, without didUpdateProvider being called, such as when a Provider is re-computed but returns a value == to the previous one.

Usage :#

A simple use case for ProviderObserver, is to log the changes in providers by overriding the method didUpdateProvider.

// A Counter example implemented with riverpod with Logger
class Logger extends ProviderObserver {  @override  void didUpdateProvider(    ProviderBase provider,    Object? previousValue,    Object? newValue,    ProviderContainer container,  ) {    print('''{  "provider": "${ ?? provider.runtimeType}",  "newValue": "$newValue"}''');  }}
void main() {  runApp(    // Adding ProviderScope enables Riverpod for the entire project    // Adding our Logger to the list of observers    ProviderScope(observers: [Logger()], child: MyApp()),  );}
class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {  const MyApp({Key? key}) : super(key: key);
  @override  Widget build(BuildContext context) {    return MaterialApp(home: Home());  }}
final counterProvider = StateProvider((ref) => 0);
class Home extends StatelessWidget {  @override  Widget build(BuildContext context) {    return Scaffold(      appBar: AppBar(title: const Text('Counter example')),      body: Center(        child: Consumer(builder: (context, ref, _) {          final count =;          return Text('$count');        }),      ),      floatingActionButton: FloatingActionButton(        onPressed: () =>,        child: const Icon(Icons.add),      ),    );  }}

Now that every time the value of our provider is updated, the logger will log it :

I/flutter (16783): {I/flutter (16783):   "provider": "counter",I/flutter (16783):   "newValue": "Instance of 'StateController<int>'"I/flutter (16783): }