Gesture Input

This is documentation for gesture inputs attached directly on the game class, most of the time you want to detect input on your components instead, see for example the TapCallbacks and DragCallbacks for that.

For other input documents, see also:


Inside package:flame/gestures.dart you can find a whole set of mixins which can be included on your game class instance to be able to receive touch input events. Below you can see the full list of these mixins and its methods:

Touch and mouse detectors

- TapDetector
  - onTap
  - onTapCancel
  - onTapDown
  - onLongTapDown
  - onTapUp

- SecondaryTapDetector
  - onSecondaryTapDown
  - onSecondaryTapUp
  - onSecondaryTapCancel

- TertiaryTapDetector
  - onTertiaryTapDown
  - onTertiaryTapUp
  - onTertiaryTapCancel

- DoubleTapDetector
  - onDoubleTap

- LongPressDetector
  - onLongPress
  - onLongPressStart
  - onLongPressMoveUpdate
  - onLongPressUp
  - onLongPressEnd

- VerticalDragDetector
  - onVerticalDragDown
  - onVerticalDragStart
  - onVerticalDragUpdate
  - onVerticalDragEnd
  - onVerticalDragCancel

- HorizontalDragDetector
  - onHorizontalDragDown
  - onHorizontalDragStart
  - onHorizontalDragUpdate
  - onHorizontalDragEnd
  - onHorizontalDragCancel

- ForcePressDetector
  - onForcePressStart
  - onForcePressPeak
  - onForcePressUpdate
  - onForcePressEnd

- PanDetector
  - onPanDown
  - onPanStart
  - onPanUpdate
  - onPanEnd
  - onPanCancel

- ScaleDetector
  - onScaleStart
  - onScaleUpdate
  - onScaleEnd

- MultiTouchTapDetector
  - onTap
  - onTapCancel
  - onTapDown
  - onTapUp

- MultiTouchDragDetector
  - onReceiveDrag

Mouse only events

 - MouseMovementDetector
  - onMouseMove
 - ScrollDetector
  - onScroll

It is not possible to mix advanced detectors (MultiTouch*) with basic detectors of the same kind, since the advanced detectors will always win the gesture arena and the basic detectors will never be triggered. So for example, you can’t use both MultiTouchTapDetector and PanDetector together, since no events will be triggered for the latter (there is also an assertion for this).

Flame’s GestureApi is provided by Flutter’s Gesture Widgets, including GestureDetector widget, RawGestureDetector widget and MouseRegion widget, you can also read more about Flutter’s gestures here.

PanDetector and ScaleDetector

If you add a PanDetector together with a ScaleDetector you will be prompted with a quite cryptic assertion from Flutter that says:


Having both a pan gesture recognizer and a scale gesture recognizer is redundant; scale is a superset of pan.

Just use the scale gesture recognizer.

This might seem strange, but onScaleUpdate is not only triggered when the scale should be changed, but for all pan/drag events too. So if you need to use both of those detectors you’ll have to handle both of their logic inside onScaleUpdate (+onScaleStart and onScaleEnd).

For example you could do something like this if you want to move the camera on pan events and zoom on scale events:

  late double startZoom;

  void onScaleStart(_) {
    startZoom = camera.zoom;

  void onScaleUpdate(ScaleUpdateInfo info) {
    final currentScale =;
    if (!currentScale.isIdentity()) {
      camera.zoom = startZoom * currentScale.y;
    } else {

In the example above the pan events are handled with and the scale events with info.scale, although they are theoretically both from underlying scale events.

This can also be seen in the zoom example.

Mouse cursor

It is also possible to change the current mouse cursor displayed on the GameWidget region. To do so the following code can be used inside the Game class

mouseCursor.value = SystemMouseCursors.move;

To already initialize the GameWidget with a custom cursor, the mouseCursor property can be used

  game: MouseCursorGame(),
  mouseCursor: SystemMouseCursors.move,

Event coordinate system

On events that have positions, like for example Tap* or Drag, you will notice that the eventPosition attribute includes 2 fields: global and widget. Below you will find a brief explanation about each of them.


The position where the event occurred considering the entire screen, same as globalPosition in Flutter’s native events.


The position where the event occurred relative to the GameWidget position and size, same as localPosition in Flutter’s native events.


class MyGame extends FlameGame with TapDetector {
  // Other methods omitted

  bool onTapDown(TapDownInfo info) {
    print("Player tap down on ${info.eventPosition.widget}");
    return true;

  bool onTapUp(TapUpInfo info) {
    print("Player tap up on ${info.eventPosition.widget}");
    return true;

You can also check more complete examples here.


The GestureHitboxes mixin is used to more accurately recognize gestures on top of your Components. Say that you have a fairly round rock as a SpriteComponent for example, then you don’t want to register input that is in the corner of the image where the rock is not displayed, since a PositionComponent is rectangular by default. Then you can use the GestureHitboxes mixin to define a more accurate circle or polygon (or another shape) for which the input should be within for the event to be registered on your component.

You can add new hitboxes to the component that has the GestureHitboxes mixin just like they are added in the below Collidable example.

More information about how to define hitboxes can be found in the hitbox section of the collision detection docs.

An example of how to use it can be seen here.