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Staging Patches

This guide will walk through how to validate a patch in Shorebird’s staging environment before promoting the patch to production.


This guide assumes the Shorebird command-line is installed on your machine and that you are logged into an account. Refer to the getting started instructions for more information.

Create a Project

In this guide, we’ll go through the process of creating a new project from scratch. To apply these changes to an existing project, skip this step and read ahead.

Create a new project using flutter create example --empty.

Initialize Shorebird

Next, initialize Shorebird in the current project via shorebird init.

Terminal window
shorebird init

The generated shorebird.yaml should look something like:

# Your app_id is not a secret and is just used to identify your app
# when requesting patches from Shorebird's servers.
app_id: ee322dc4-3dc2-4324-90a9-04c40a62ae76
# auto_update controls if Shorebird should automatically update in the background on launch.
# If auto_update: false, you will need to use package:shorebird_code_push to trigger updates.
# Uncomment the following line to disable automatic updates.
# auto_update: false

Create a release

Now that we’ve created our apps on shorebird, we need to create releases (one for each platform). To create a release, we’ll use the shorebird release command.

Terminal window
# Create a release for Android
shorebird release android
# Create a release for iOS
shorebird release ios

We can verify the releases were created successfully by visiting Shorebird console.

You should also submit the generated app bundles to the Play Store and submit the generated ipa to the App Store.

Creating a patch

Now that we have our releases on the Play Store and App Store, we can create a patch using shorebird patch. For the sake of this example, let’s set the backgroundColor of the Scaffold to Colors.cyan in lib/main.dart:

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
void main() {
runApp(const MainApp());
class MainApp extends StatelessWidget {
const MainApp({super.key});
Widget build(BuildContext context) {
return const MaterialApp(
home: Scaffold(
backgroundColor: Colors.cyan,
body: Center(
child: Text('Hello World!'),

Now that we’ve applied the changes, let’s create a patch:

Terminal window
# Stage a patch on Android
shorebird patch android --staging
# Stage a patch on iOS
shorebird patch ios --staging

Preview the release

Next, preview the app release locally on a device or emulator, use shorebird preview.

Terminal window
# Preview the release in the staging environment
shorebird preview --staging --app-id ee322dc4-3dc2-4324-90a9-04c40a62ae76 --release-version 1.0.0+1

Shorebird will download the release and run it on your device in the staging environment.

The first time the app is re-launched, we should still see the white Scaffold and shorebird will detect and install the patch in the background. Kill and re-launch the app a second time to see the applied patch with the cyan Scaffold background.

If all went well, you should see the patch was applied after re-launching the app a second time. Congrats, you’ve validated your patch in the staging environment 🥳

Promote the patch

Now that you have validated the patch, you can push the patch to all devices by promoting it to production from the Shorebird console. Navigate to the release details page and click on the “Go Live” button.


At this point, you have a setup which allows you to preview patches locally before promoting them to production 🎉