Dart| Flutter How to: Check strings are equal or not Example

This tutorial shows how to compare two strings are equal or not Dart or Flutter.

How to Check strings are equal or not in Dart and Flutter

Dart does not provide the isEquals (java) method to compare methods for equality.

`String equals compare the same characters in the order of both strings are equal.

Since, String are immutable objects, Once you create a string object, does not allow you to modify the string, However, if you append to an existing string, it creates a new string with result, the Original string also exists in memory.

String values of the same value create two references for the same string object.

For example, Given two strings

  String str1 = 'one';
  String str2 = 'two';
  String str3 = 'one';

Above the program, two objects (one, two) are created in memory, str1 and str3 are referred to the same object (one), str2 reference is pointed to another object(two).

String equality check two string values are equal (str1,str2) returns true.

It provides two ways to check string’s values are equal or not.

  • double equal operator(==): Returns true if both strings are the same set of characters, Else return false
  • compareTo method :
    • returns 0 if both strings are equal, else returns non zero number
    • returns negative number(-1) if first is ordered before second string
    • returns positive number(1), if first is ordered after second string.

Similarly, two strings references are checked using the identical method which checks two references pointed to the same object in memory.

How to compare if Strings are equal or not in dart/flutter?

== checks two string object holds the same set of character Since it returns boolean values, useful in a conditional expression such as if.

compareTo() function always returns numeric value, again one more step (result==0)required to check for string equality.

Both ways It does not check for string null safety.

identical() in string checks two variables hold the same object in memory or not.

void main() {
  print("one" == "one"); // true
  print("one" == "ONE"); // false
  print("one".compareTo("one")); // 0
  print("one".compareTo("two")); // -1
  String str1 = 'one';
  String str2 = 'two';
  String str3 = 'one';
  print(identical(str1, str2)); // false
  print(identical(str1, str3)); // true


To summarize, We can easily compare strings using double equal, compareTo, and identical methods.

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