Use metadata to give additional information about your code. A metadata annotation begins with the character @, followed by either a reference to a compile-time constant (such as deprecated) or a call to a constant constructor.

Four annotations are available to all Dart code: @Deprecated, @deprecated, @override, and @pragma. For examples of using @override, see Extending a class. Here's an example of using the @Deprecated annotation:

class Television {
  /// Use [turnOn] to turn the power on instead.
  @Deprecated('Use turnOn instead')
  void activate() {

  /// Turns the TV's power on.
  void turnOn() {...}
  // ···

You can use @deprecated if you don't want to specify a message. However, we recommend always specifying a message with @Deprecated.

You can define your own metadata annotations. Here's an example of defining a @Todo annotation that takes two arguments:

class Todo {
  final String who;
  final String what;

  const Todo(this.who, this.what);

And here's an example of using that @Todo annotation:

@Todo('Dash', 'Implement this function')
void doSomething() {
  print('Do something');

Metadata can appear before a library, class, typedef, type parameter, constructor, factory, function, field, parameter, or variable declaration and before an import or export directive.