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  • ⚛️ Drop-in replacement for <TextInput> component
  • ⌨️ Live synchronous formatting on every keystroke
  • ⚡ Fully native experience (selection, spellcheck, autocomplete)
  • 🎨 Customizable styles
  • 🌐 Universal support (Android, iOS, web)
  • 🏗️ Supports New Architecture


First, install the library from npm with the package manager of your choice:

yarn add @expensify/react-native-live-markdown
npm install @expensify/react-native-live-markdown --save
npx expo install @expensify/react-native-live-markdown

Then, install the iOS dependencies with CocoaPods:

cd ios && pod install

The library includes native code so you will need to re-build the native app.


The library does not support Expo Go, you will need to setup Expo Dev Client (see here).


import {MarkdownTextInput} from '@expensify/react-native-live-markdown';
import React from 'react';

export default function App() {
  const [text, setText] = React.useState('Hello, *world*!');

  return (


MarkdownTextInput can be styled using style prop just like regular TextInput component.

It is also possible to customize the styling of the formatted contents of MarkdownTextInput component. The style object supports all color representations from React Native including PlatformColor and DynamicColorIOS according to the color reference. Currently, a limited set of styles is customizable but this is subject to change in the future.

import type {MarkdownStyle} from '@expensify/react-native-live-markdown';

const markdownStyle: MarkdownStyle = {
  syntax: {
    color: 'gray',
  link: {
    color: 'blue',
  h1: {
    fontSize: 25,
  blockquote: {
    borderColor: 'gray',
    borderWidth: 6,
    marginLeft: 6,
    paddingLeft: 6,
  code: {
    fontFamily: 'monospace',
    color: 'black',
    backgroundColor: 'lightgray',
  pre: {
    fontFamily: 'monospace',
    color: 'black',
    backgroundColor: 'lightgray',
  mentionHere: {
    color: 'green',
    backgroundColor: 'lime',
  mentionUser: {
    color: 'blue',
    backgroundColor: 'cyan',

The style object can be passed to multiple MarkdownTextInput components using markdownStyle prop:



We recommend to store the style object outside of a component body or memoize the style object with React.useMemo.

Markdown flavors support

Currently, react-native-live-markdown supports only ExpensiMark flavor. We are working on CommonMark support as well as possibility to use other Markdown parsers.

API reference

MarkdownTextInput inherits all props of React Native's TextInput component as well as introduces the following properties:

Prop Type Default Note
markdownStyle MarkdownStyle undefined Adds custom styling to Markdown text. The provided value is merged with default style object. See Styling for more information.


react-native-live-markdown requires React Native 0.71 or newer.



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