Usage of FutureBuilder with setState

Indeed, it will loop into infinity because whenever build is called, updateList is also called and returns a brand new future.

You have to keep your build pure. It should just read and combine variables and properties, but never cause any side effects!

Another note: All fields of your StatefulWidget subclass must be final (widget.items = ... is bad). The state that changes must be stored in the State object.

In this case you can store the result (the data for the list) in the future itself, there is no need for a separate field. It’s even dangerous to call setState from a future, because the future might complete after the disposal of the state, and it will throw an error.

Here is some update code that takes into account all of these things:

class FeedListState extends State<FeedList> {
  // no idea how you named your data class...
  Future<List<ItemData>> _listFuture;

  void initState() {

    // initial load
    _listFuture = updateAndGetList();

  void refreshList() {
    // reload
    setState(() {
      _listFuture = updateAndGetList();

  Future<List<ItemData>> updateAndGetList() async {
    await widget.feeds.update();

    // return the list here
    return widget.feeds.getList();

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return new FutureBuilder<List<ItemData>>(
      future: _listFuture,
      builder: (BuildContext context, AsyncSnapshot<List<ItemData>> snapshot) {
        if (snapshot.connectionState == ConnectionState.waiting) {
          return new Center(
            child: new CircularProgressIndicator(),
        } else if (snapshot.hasError) {
          return new Text('Error: ${snapshot.error}');
        } else {
          final items = ?? <ItemData>[]; // handle the case that data is null

          return new Scrollbar(
            child: new RefreshIndicator(
              child: ListView.builder(
                physics: const AlwaysScrollableScrollPhysics(), //Even if zero elements to update scroll
                itemCount: items.length,
                itemBuilder: (context, index) {
                  return FeedListItem(items[index]);
              onRefresh: refreshList,

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