10 React Native Libraries to Use in Your Next Project

In this article, we have gathered some of the most popular React Native libraries that will simplify and speed up the creation and implementation of some widespread features for your next mobile app.

December 2, 2021

6 min

Technologies

React Native is a JavaScript framework used to build natively rendered mobile applications for both iOS and Android operating systems. It is based on React, a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The difference is that React Native promotes mobile applications while React is targeted towards websites. In other words, React developers can efficiently build mobile applications using React Native because of their similarity to what they excel in. Moreover, this framework provides a fully native interface with the possibility to share code between different platforms. It enhances the development process, providing developers with reusable code for mobile apps that can be run on all existing platforms (iOS and Android).

This was one of the reasons for the gained popularity of React Native. According to Statista, it ranked first among cross-platform mobile frameworks used by software developers worldwide in 2019 and 2020. Cross-platform development and time and cost efficiency due to the reusability are not the only advantages of React Native that make developers choose this framework. React Native also has one of the most vibrant open source communities on the web. Its repository is one of the top-rated repos on GitHub by contributors. There you can find a wide variety of libraries and modules for almost everything you want to implement in your future project.


In this article, we have gathered some of the most popular React Native libraries among developers that are able to boost the development effectiveness and provide you with ready-to-use tools. Listed libraries will simplify and speed up the creation of the most useful and widespread features for mobile applications, letting you focus on business logic and other parts of your future product.

10 React Native Libraries to Use in Your Next Project

React Navigation  Star

Mobile apps are never made up of a single screen. Managing the presentation of, and transition between, multiple screens is typically handled by what is known as a navigator. React Navigation provides a straightforward navigation solution, with the ability to present common navigation patterns on both Android and iOS.

React Navigation has packages for different kinds of navigators such as stacks, tabs and drawers. As the tool is fully customizable, platform-specific and easy-to-use, you can combine multiple navigators and create a complex app architecture.

React Navigation is written with TypeScript and exports type definitions for TypeScript projects, which can be used to type check screens, navigation options, and the navigation prop.

React Native AsyncStorage  Star

AsyncStorage is an asynchronous and unencrypted by default module that allows you to persist data offline in React Native apps. This library is perfect for developers that had no previous experience with React Native. The persistence of data is done in a key-value storage system.

This library can help you in many cases. For example, when you restart an app, you still get the data and the settling variables available in the same state they were left before closing the app. Simply put, you get persisting data in a mobile app.

React Native Reanimated  Star

React Native Reanimated is an open source library for React Native mobile development, which allows you to create smooth animations and interactions that run on the UI thread. With it, you can declare animations on the JavaScript thread and run them on the native one to achieve smooth animations regardless of whether the JS thread is busy or not. Moreover, this library solves the problem of an inbuilt React Native Animated API and provides flexibility for gesture-based interactions.

When creating any animation using React Native Reanimated, JavaScript is used. It is also backward compatible, which means that you do not need to change huge chunks of code or recreate the animation for a specific React Native core component if you plan to use this library and migrate from Animated API.

React Native Snap Carousel  Star

React Native Snap Carousel is a simple carousel component with snapping effect on both Android and iOS. It allows to create featuring previews, multiple layouts, parallax images, performant handling of a considerable number of items, and more. React Native Snap Carousel is well documented and contains useful tips and tricks for better performance, implementation of navigation, handling device rotation, and other features.

React Native Gifted Chat  Star

This all-in-one chat component library will help you to set up a Chat UI for React Native. Based on TypeScript, React Native Gifted Chat includes fully customizable components for loading earlier messages or coping messages to clipboard, clickable links, and more.

To enhance user experience, it enables localized dates, multi-line TextInput, avatars as user’s initials, quick reply messages via bot and system message.

React Native Image Picker  Star

Picking images from the device's Gallery or directly from the Camera is one of the most important and basic functionalities needed in almost all apps today. With React Native Image Picker, it can be done effectively and straightforwardly.

It is a module based on an ImagePicker component that provides access to the system UI for selecting a photo/video. The React Native Image Picker plugin offers many options to manage the ImagePicker component. It includes title, cancel button title, take photo button title, custom buttons, tint color, camera type, quality, and other options in the ImagePicker method.

React Native Fast Image  Star

If your app has so many images to load, you may find issues such as flickering, cache miss, and low performance. React Native Fast Image library provides you a high-performance image component with a number of features to make your development process easier: aggressively cache images, add authorization headers, prioritize images, preload images, GIF support, and border radius.

React Native Fast Image is a performant replacement for React Native’s Image component that more aggressively caches images.

React Native Maps  Star

React Native Maps library offers highly customizable map components for both Android and iOS. React Native Maps provide an intuitive and react-like API for declaratively controlling features on the map.

Using this library, you can change the map view region, customize map style, overlay other elements on the map, and customize the markers. And the issue of cluttering the map with pins, icons, and other elements can be solved with the mapbox/supercluster library, which we used in one of our projects.

React Native Svg  Star

Rendering SVGs in mobile apps is not as simple as on the web, where you can use SVG directly as an image source or paste the SVG code into your HTML file. This is because there isn’t a built-in React Native component that can render SVGs directly. React Native SVG library solves this problem. It provides SVG support to React Native on both iOS and Android platforms, and a compatibility layer for the web.

React Native Modal  Star

React Native Modal library allows you to present content above an enclosing view. It expands the original React Native’s built-in Modal component by adding animations, style customization options, and new features, while still providing a simple API. React Native Modal features include smooth enter/exit animations, plain simple and flexible APIs, scrollable, swipeable, customizable backdrop opacity, color and timing, and others.

Conclusion

React Native libraries make the development process considerably easier and help developers create their apps much faster. Therefore, it is necessary to take a comprehensive approach when choosing available tools and solutions before diving into a new project. Knowing your project requirements and business needs will simplify this task and help you select the most suitable library.

At UpsilonIT, we are invested in getting your app up and running fast and efficiently, and we believe that React Native libraries will help you get there. If you have any questions regarding mobile development, contact our business development specialists for a consultation.

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