How to Get Flutter Column Height and Width Using GlobalKey

In this blog post, we’re zeroing in on an advanced technique to find out the height and width of a Column widget in Flutter: using GlobalKey. If you’re looking to get these dimensions to use elsewhere in your app, this method is perfect for you.

GlobalKey for Advanced Measurements

When you need to access the dimensions of a widget like a Column to use in different parts of your code, GlobalKey becomes an invaluable tool.

The Complete Code

Here’s how to implement it:

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';

void main() {
  runApp(const MyApp());

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  const MyApp({super.key});

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return MaterialApp(
      title: 'Flutter Demo',
      theme: ThemeData(
        colorScheme: ColorScheme.fromSeed(seedColor: Colors.deepPurple),
        useMaterial3: true,
      home: MyHomePage(),

class MyHomePage extends StatelessWidget {
  final GlobalKey columnKey = GlobalKey();

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
        appBar: AppBar(
          backgroundColor: Theme.of(context).colorScheme.inversePrimary,
          title: const Text(
            'Flutter Example',
        body: Column(
          key: columnKey,
          children: [
            const Text('First Child'),
            const Text('Second Child'),
              onPressed: () {
                final RenderBox renderBox =
                    columnKey.currentContext!.findRenderObject() as RenderBox;
                final columnWidth = renderBox.size.width;
                final columnHeight = renderBox.size.height;

                    content: Text(
                        'Column Width: $columnWidth, Column Height: $columnHeight'),
              child: const Text('Get Dimensions'),

Code Explanation

  • GlobalKey Initialization: We start by creating a GlobalKey and assigning it to the key property of the Column.
  • RenderBox: After the Column is built, we can fetch its RenderBox object using columnKey.currentContext!.findRenderObject().
  • Getting Dimensions: renderBox.size.width and renderBox.size.height provide us with the width and height of the Column.
  • Show Dimensions: We use a SnackBar to display these dimensions when the button is pressed.
flutter column get width and get height

When to Use GlobalKey

The GlobalKey approach is extremely useful when you need to access or manipulate widget dimensions outside the widget itself, like in a parent widget or different sections of your code.

Using GlobalKey to determine the dimensions of a Column in Flutter offers a lot of flexibility, especially when these measurements are needed in multiple places in your app. Hopefully, this guide has made this advanced method easy for you to understand and implement.

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