# Migrating a large Flutter project to null safety

According to the guide at https://dart.dev/null-safety/migration-guide, migrating to null safety is straightforward. Let's try it on a large project.

So today I switched the sdk version to 2.12 in my pubspec.yaml, and 300+ compilation errors appeared. I tried the migration tool:

% dart migrate
Migrating /Users/anhtuan/git/[project name]

See https://dart.dev/go/null-safety-migration for a migration guide.

Analyzing project...
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366 analysis issues found:

I thought it would auto-replace things for me. Instead, it listed the same compilation errors as the analyzer... At the end it said:

The migration tool didn't start, due to analysis errors.

The following steps might fix your problem:
1. Set the lower SDK constraint (in pubspec.yaml) to a version before 2.12.
2. Run dart pub get.
3. Try running dart migrate again.

More information: https://dart.dev/go/null-safety-migration

Then I tried to update dependencies to their null safety versions with dart pub outdated --mode=null-safety, then using the upgrade command they suggested. But when running dart migrate, it threw the same analyzer errors.

I guess I'll have to go through each and every single one of them manually...