Michael Debertol

Refreshing FutureProvider.family or Multiple Providers


I recently wondered how you could easily refresh a FutureProvider. Had I read the docs, I would have known of ref.refresh. Nonetheless, the solution I came up with is a bit more general and can be applied even for FutureProvider.family or multiple FutureProviders.

Creating a refreshProvider

The main idea is to create a refreshProvider that other providers can watch. When the refreshProvider refreshes, all other providers will be refreshed too.

One way of creating such a refreshProvider is to use a ChangeNotifierProvider:

import 'package:flutter/foundation.dart';
import 'package:flutter_riverpod/flutter_riverpod.dart';

class RefreshNotifier extends ChangeNotifier {
void refresh() {

final refreshProvider = ChangeNotifierProvider<RefreshNotifier>(
(ref) => RefreshNotifier(),

Other providers can watch it, for example:

final itemProvider = FutureProvider.family<List<Item>, int>(
(ref, page) async {
final items = await fetchItems(page);
return items;

And here's the code needed to trigger a refresh:


That's it! But keep in mind: For simpler usecases ref.refresh is the better choice.