Create React Native App
Create React Native apps with no build configuration.
Once you're up and running with Create React Native App, visit this tutorial for more information on building apps with React Native.
Make sure you have Node 6 or later installed. No Xcode or Android Studio installation is required.
$ npm install -g create-react-native-app $ create-react-native-app my-app $ cd my-app/ $ npm start
Install the Expo app on your iOS or Android phone, and use the QR code in the terminal to open your app. Find the QR scanner on the Projects tab of the app. When you're ready to share your project with others (for example, by deploying to an app store), read the Sharing & Deployment section of the User Guide.
Install it once globally:
$ npm install -g create-react-native-app # or $ yarn global add create-react-native-app
You'll need to have Node v6 or later on your machine. We strongly recommend using NPM v3 or later, or a recent version of Yarn.
Creating an App
To create a new app, run:
$ create-react-native-app my-app $ cd my-app
This will create a directory called
my-app inside the current working directory. Inside
my-app, this will generate the initial project structure and install all of its dependencies.
If you're familiar with React Native already, you won't find any
Runs your app in development mode.
Open it in the Expo app on your phone to view it. It will reload if you save edits to your files, and you will see build errors and logs in the terminal.
Runs the jest test runner on your tests.
npm run ios
npm start, but also attempts to open your app in the iOS Simulator if you're on a Mac and have it installed.
npm run android
npm start, but also attempts to open your app on a connected Android device or emulator. Requires an installation of Android build tools (see React Native docs for detailed setup).
npm run eject
This will start the process of "ejecting" from Create React Native App's build scripts. You'll be asked a couple of questions about how you'd like to build your project.
Warning: Running eject is a permanent action. Please use a version control system, such as git, so you can revert back if necessary. An ejected app will require you to have an Xcode and/or Android Studio environment set up.
- Minimal "Time to Hello World": Create React Native App should reduce the setup time it takes to try building a mobile app to the absolute minimum, ideally on par with React web development (especially as seen with Create React App).
- Develop on Your Device: It should be easy to develop on a physical device when you want to test how your app feels and responds to inputs.
- One Build Tool: If you just want to get started with React Native, you shouldn't need to install Xcode, Android Studio, NDKs, or mess with environment variables.
- No Lock-In: You can always "eject" to your own build setup if you need to write custom native code or modify how your app is built.
Support and Contact
If you're having issues with Create React Native App, please make sure:
- The issue is not covered in the Getting Started or User Guide documentation
- There is not already an open issue for your particular problem
If you've checked the documentation and currently open issues, please either open a new GitHub issue, find @dika10sune on Twitter, or ping
dikaiosune on Reactiflux's #react-native channel on Discord. Please do not DM or email project maintainers directly, as it's very important that support takes place in public locations where others can benefit from the conversation.
What API specification should I be looking at while developing?
Apps made with Create React Native App support everything in the Components and APIs sections of the React Native Documentation.
What are the limitations of Create React Native App?
react-native link to work). This allows the projects to load directly on a phone without native compilation, and also means that it's not necessary to install or use Android Studio or Xcode.
What if I want to write custom native code for my app?
If you're sure that you need custom native code, please read the ejecting guide.
How do I get my app into the Play Store/App Store?
If you need to build IPAs and APKs for publishing to the App Store and/or Play Store, you can either eject (see above guide) and build them yourself using Xcode and Android Studio, or you can use a service like Expo's standalone app builds to publish your pure JS app.
Contributions will be licensed under the 3-clause BSD license. Please fork the repository, perform your work on a feature branch, and submit a pull request to this repository's master branch from your fork's branch.
For details about setting up a development environment and testing your changes, please see CONTRIBUTING.md.