If you have used Docker to run your Dart app in a containerized environment (such as Google Kubernetes Engine or Cloud Run), you may have been surprised at the heft of the google/dart image.

Based on a Debian 10 “Buster” image, google/dart is oriented for development — not optimized for size — and currently weighs in at a substantial 682 MB!

google/dart image size
google/dart image size

As Flutter, Google’s UI toolkit for building natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase based on Dart continues to explode in popularity, interest in using Dart for implementing backend functionality has increased as well.

Tony Pujals

Engineer at Google. You can DM me on Twitter @tonypujals. #serverless #dart #flutter

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