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React Native Infinity

Netlify Status NPM

CLI that generates React Native projects targeting any combination of platforms
iOS, Android, Web, Electron, Windows, MacOS

Init Command

You can use the interactive tool in the docs to generate the CLI command you need, or simply use npx react-native-infinity init to use the CLI interactive tool.

  • Multi-Platform - Choose any combination of 6 platforms to target (iOS, Android, Web, Electron, Windows, MacOS)
  • Add Platform - Add another platform anytime with add-platform command
  • UI Library - Add cross-platform UI libraries (Material Bread, UI Kitten)
  • Interactive GUI - Online GUI to select platforms and libraries to get started
  • Interactive CLI - Select platforms and libraries by answers questions in your terminal

Getting Started


Installation

You can install the project globally or use npx:

Install globally

$  npm install react-native-infinity -g

Using npx:

$  npx react-native-infinity <command>

❯ init

init without a parameter will run an interactive prompt to gather the name, platforms, and UI library for the project.

init with the parameter <name> provides the name of the app without using the interactive prompt. Although there are additional options and paramters, they are only used with the GUI tool on the website.

Init Command


❯ add-platform

add-platform without a parameter starts a prompt to select a platform to add to your project.

add-platform <platform> with a parameter accepts a lowercase string indicating the platform to add.

npx react-native-infinity add-platform electron

Init Command

Supported platform strings:

  • mobile
  • web
  • electron
  • macos
  • windows

❯ list

list lists all supported platforms with the shorthand name the GUI supports

Init Command


Project

React Native separates application code into src and platform configuration into android and ios. React Native Infinity extends this idea to more platforms. All application code lives in src while each platform ios, android, web, electron, macos, windows has it's own folder that contains configuration files, including webpack config. By separating out configuration in this way we can more easily pick and choose what platforms our apps should support both at initialization and later on.

Init Command

This project is an experiment and meant as a starting off point for rendering on other platforms, not a full solution for all cases, some extra steps might be required for some platforms.


Platforms

Web

React Native on the web is supported by react-native-web, please check the documentation to learn more.

npm run web

Config: ./web/webpack.config.js. Config sets up an alias for react-native to react-native-web. Runs on localhost:8080.

npm run build-web

Uses ./web/webpack.config to build a production web build to ./web/dist.


Electron

Electron with React requires two commands to run and uses react-native-web.

npm run electron

Starts the Electron window using config ./electron/main.js and

npm run server

Runs react in the electron window using config ./electron/webpack.config.js.


MacOS

MacOS is supported by react-native-macos, please read the documentation for more information. react-native-macos requires two commands to run an app:

npm run macos-start

Starts the packager

npm run macos

This command aliases react-native-macos run-macos which opens a window.


Windows

Windows is supported by react-native-windows, please read the documentation for more information. react-native-windows has some extra requirements to get running and requires React Native 0.59.10 at this time. Their Getting Started Guide is very helpful for getting up and running.

npm run windows

This command aliases react-native windows.


Android

npm run android

Simply runs react-native run-android, read the React Native docs for more information.


iOS

npm run ios

Simply runs react-native run-ios, read the React Native docs for more information.


UI Libraries

By extending the idea of isolated configuration further, we can easily copy over configuration for UI library setup as another step in initialization. Currently there are not many UI libraries that provide explicit support for all platforms, if you know of any more that should be added, please do not hesitate to create an issue or PR.

Material Bread

Material Bread supports all platforms and configuration is pretty simple, however, it does require setting up react-native-vector-icons and react-native-svg if rendering on Android or IOS. Please read the docs for more information.

UI Kitten

UI Kitten recently added support for react-native-web, and configuration is very easy: simply select UI Kitten during init. Please read the documentation for more information.

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