Serverpod is an open-source, scalable app server, written in Dart for the Flutter community. Serverpod automatically generates your protocol and client-side code by analyzing your server. Calling a remote endpoint is as easy as making a local method call.
This is an early release of Serverpod. The API is stable and used in production by multiple projects, but there may be minor changes in future updates. A few features are still missing that will be part of the 1.0 release. See the roadmap for more information on what's in the works.
Serverpod is tested on Mac and Linux (Mac recommended), support for Windows is experimental. Before you can install Serverpod, you need to the following tools installed:
- Flutter and Dart. You will need Flutter version 2.10 or later. https://flutter.dev/docs/get-started/install
- Docker. Docker is used to manage Postgres and Redis. https://docs.docker.com/desktop/mac/install/
Once you have Flutter and Docker installed and configured, open up a terminal and install Serverpod by running:
dart pub global activate serverpod_cli
Now test the install by running:
If everything is correctly configured, the help for the serverpod command is now displayed.
Creating your first project
To get your local server up and running, you need to create a new Serverpod project. Make sure that Docker Desktop is running, then create a new project by running
serverpod create mypod
This command will create a new directory called
mypod, with three dart packages inside;
mypod_server: This package contains your server-side code. Modify it to add new endpoints or other features your server needs.
mypod_client: This is the code needed to communicate with the server. Typically, all code in this package is generated automatically, and you should not edit the files in this package.
mypod_flutter: This is the Flutter app, pre-configured to connect to your local server.
It can take up to a few minutes the first time you run
serverpod create. This is because Docker will need to download and build the containers used by Serverpod.
If you are running on Windows, a few extra steps are required when setting up a new project. The
serverpod create command will guide you through the process.
Starting the server
serverpod run command will start and run your server along with Postgres and Redis.
If everything is working you should see something like this on your terminal:
• Automatic generate and reload are enabled.
• Running Postgres and Redis in Docker container.
Spinning up serverpod generate (this can take a few seconds).
Starting Docker (for Postgres and Redis).
Waiting for Postgres on localhost:8090.
Waiting for Redis on localhost:8091.
Setup complete. Starting the server.
SERVERPOD version: 0.9.x mode: development
Insights listening on port 8081
Server id 0 listening on port 8080
You can also start Postgres, Redis and the server manually without using the
serverpod run command. To do this, first
mypod_server, then run:
docker-compose up -d --build
This will build and start a set of Docker containers and give access to Postgres and Redis. If you need to stop the containers at some point, just run
Now you should be all set to run your server. Start it by typing: