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Essential components such as View, Text, and Button are easily overlooked amongst the long list of components and APIs due to a lack of categorization. The basic components are already introduced as part of the tutorial, but they may be missed by people who prefer scanning over the docs.

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id: components
title: Components and APIs
layout: docs
category: Guides
permalink: docs/components-and-apis.html
next: handling-touches
previous: more-resources
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React Native provides a number of built-in components. You will find a full list of components and APIs on the sidebar to the left. If you're not sure where to get started, take a look at the following categories:
- [Basic Components](docs/components-and-apis.html#basic-components)
- [User Interface](docs/components-and-apis.html#user-interface)
- [Lists Views](docs/components-and-apis.html#lists-views)
- [iOS-specific](docs/components-and-apis.html#ios-components-and-apis)
- [Android-specific](docs/components-and-apis.html#android-components-and-apis)
- [Others](docs/components-and-apis.html#others)
You're not limited to the components and APIs bundled with React Native. React Native is a community of thousands of developers. If you're looking for a library that does something specific, search the npm registry for packages mentioning [react-native](https://www.npmjs.com/search?q=react-native&page=1&ranking=optimal), or check out [Awesome React Native](http://www.awesome-react-native.com/) for a curated list.
## Basic Components
Most apps will end up using one of these basic components. You'll want to get yourself familiarized with all of these if you're new to React Native.
<div class="component-grid component-grid-border">
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/view.html">View</a></h3>
<p>The most fundamental component for building a UI.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/text.html">Text</a></h3>
<p>A component for displaying text.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/image.html">Image</a></h3>
<p>A component for displaying images.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/textinput.html">TextInput</a></h3>
<p>A component for inputting text into the app via a keyboard.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/scrollview.html">ScrollView</a></h3>
<p>Provides a scrolling container that can host multiple components and views.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/button.html">Button</a></h3>
<p>A basic button component for handling touches that should render nicely on any platform.</p>
</div>
</div>
## User Interface
Render common user interface controls on any platform using the following components. For platform specific components, keep reading.
<div class="component-grid component-grid-border">
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/picker.html">Picker</a></h3>
<p>Renders the native picker component on iOS and Android.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/slider.html">Slider</a></h3>
<p>A component used to select a single value from a range of values.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/switch.html">Switch</a></h3>
<p>Renders a boolean input.</p>
</div>
</div>
## List Views
Unlike the more generic `ScrollView`, the following list view components only render elements that are currently showing on the screen. This makes them a great choice for displaying long lists of data.
<div class="component-grid component-grid-border">
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/flatlist.html">FlatList</a></h3>
<p>A component for rendering performant scrollable lists.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/sectionlist.html">SectionList</a></h3>
<p>Like <code>FlatList</code>, but for sectioned lists.</p>
</div>
</div>
## iOS Components and APIs
Many of the following components provide wrappers for commonly used UIKit classes.
<div class="component-grid component-grid-border">
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/actionsheetios.html">ActionSheetIOS</a></h3>
<p>API to display an iOS action sheet or share sheet.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/adsupportios.html">AdSupportIOS</a></h3>
<p>API to access the "advertising identifier" on iOS.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/alertios.html">AlertIOS</a></h3>
<p>Create an iOS alert dialog with a message or create a prompt for user input.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/datepickerios.html">DatePickerIOS</a></h3>
<p>Renders a date/time picker (selector) on iOS.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/imagepickerios.html">ImagePickerIOS</a></h3>
<p>Renders a image picker on iOS.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/navigatorios.html">NavigatorIOS</a></h3>
<p>A wrapper around <code>UINavigationController</code>, enabling you to implement a navigation stack.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/progressviewios.html">ProgressViewIOS</a></h3>
<p>Renders a <code>UIProgressView</a></code> on iOS.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/pushnotificationios.html">PushNotificationIOS</a></h3>
<p>Handle push notifications for your app, including permission handling and icon badge number.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/segmentedcontrolios.html">SegmentedControlIOS</a></h3>
<p>Renders a <code>UISegmentedControl</code> on iOS.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/tabbarios.html">TabBarIOS</a></h3>
<p>Renders a <code>UITabViewController</code> on iOS. Use with <a href="docs/tabbarios-item.html">TabBarIOS.Item</a>.</p>
</div>
</div>
## Android Components and APIs
Many of the following components provide wrappers for commonly used Android classes.
<div class="component-grid component-grid-border">
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/backhandler.html">BackHandler</a></h3>
<p>Detect hardware button presses for back navigation.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/datepickerandroid.html">DatePickerAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Opens the standard Android date picker dialog.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/drawerlayoutandroid.html">DrawerLayoutAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Renders a <code>DrawerLayout</code> on Android.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/permissionsandroid.html">PermissionsAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Provides access to the permissions model introduced in Android M.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/progressbarandroid.html">ProgressBarAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Renders a <code>ProgressBar</code> on Android.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/timepickerandroid.html">TimePickerAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Opens the standard Android time picker dialog.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/toastandroid.html">ToastAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Create an Android Toast alert.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/toolbarandroid.html">ToolbarAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Renders a <code>Toolbar</code> on Android.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/viewpagerandroid.html">ViewPagerAndroid</a></h3>
<p>Container that allows to flip left and right between child views.</p>
</div>
</div>
## Others
These components may come in handy for certain applications. For an exhaustive list of components and APIs, check out the sidebar to the left.
<div class="component-grid">
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/activityindicator.html">ActivityIndicator</a></h3>
<p>Displays a circular loading indicator.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/alert.html">Alert</a></h3>
<p>Launches an alert dialog with the specified title and message.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/cameraroll.html">CameraRoll</a></h3>
<p>Provides access to the local camera roll / gallery.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/clipboard.html">Clipboard</a></h3>
<p>Provides an interface for setting and getting content from the clipboard on both iOS and Android.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/dimensions.html">Dimensions</a></h3>
<p>Provides an interface for getting device dimensions.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/keyboardavoidingview.html">KeyboardAvoidingView</a></h3>
<p>Provides a view that moves out of the way of the virtual keyboard automatically.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/linking.html">Linking</a></h3>
<p>Provides a general interface to interact with both incoming and outgoing app links.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/modal.html">Modal</a></h3>
<p>Provides a simple way to present content above an enclosing view.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/pixelratio.html">PixelRatio</a></h3>
<p>Provides access to the device pixel density.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/refreshcontrol.html">RefreshControl</a></h3>
<p>This component is used inside a <code>ScrollView</code> to add pull to refresh functionality.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/statusbar.html">StatusBar</a></h3>
<p>Component to control the app status bar.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/stylesheet.html">StyleSheet</a></h3>
<p>Provides an abstraction layer similar to CSS stylesheets.</p>
</div>
<div class="component">
<h3><a href="docs/webview.html">WebView</a></h3>
<p>A component that renders web content in a native view.</p>
</div>
</div>
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Users interact with mobile apps mainly through touch. They can use a combination of gestures, such as tapping on a button, scrolling a list, or zooming on a map.
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One common question is how to handle the "state" of your React Native application. The most popular library for this is [Redux](http://redux.js.org/). Don't be afraid of how often Redux uses the word "reducer" - it's a pretty simple library, and there's also a nice [series of videos](https://egghead.io/courses/getting-started-with-redux) explaining it.
If you're looking for a library that does a specific thing, check out [Awesome React Native](https://github.com/jondot/awesome-react-native), a curated list of components that also has demos, articles, and other stuff.
If you're looking for a library that does a specific thing, check out [Awesome React Native](http://www.awesome-react-native.com/), a curated list of components that also has demos, articles, and other stuff.
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.component-grid {
max-width: 800px;
}
.component {
border: 1px solid #05A5D1;
border-radius: 3px;
margin: 0 auto 10px;
width: 100%;
display: inline-block;
background-color: white;
}
.component h3 {
font-size: 16px;
margin: 0;
padding: 0 10px;
background-color: #05A5D1;
color: white;
}
.component h3 a {
color: white;
}
.component p {
padding: 10px;
margin: 2px;
}
@media only screen and (min-device-width: 768px) {
.component-grid {
width: 768px;
}
.component-grid.component-grid-border {
border-bottom: 1px solid #f1eff0;
}
.component {
width: 30%;
height: 150px;
margin: 0 22px 22px auto;
vertical-align: top;
}
}
/** Showcase **/
.home-showcase-section {
max-width: 800px;

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