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React Native React Native Navigation Expo

This starter is a collection of libraries and approaches needed for fast start and productive maintainance of React Native App.

RNN Starter is a part of collection.

Getting Started

Quick start with cli-rn

npx cli-rn new App -t rnn

As cli-rn uses react-native-rename script for renaming under the hood, please refer to Rename section to apply necessary changes to Android part.

If you have any troubles running the app with yarn ios or yarn android, open XCode or Android Studio and run the project from there.

Manual setup
  1. Clone the repo
npx degit kanzitelli/rnn-starter app
  1. Install packages and pods
cd app && yarn && yarn ios:pods
  1. Run it

Open XCode or Android Studio to run the project (recommended) or do

yarn ios
yarn android


If you need to rename the app, do the following (based on react-native-rename):

yarn rename "NewApp" -b com.yourcompany.newapp
yarn ios:pods

⚠️ Troubleshooting on Android. You can see that after running rename script, it doesn't change package name and imports for files under newarchitecture folder.

You will need do these steps manually
  1. Open all .java files under android/app/src/main/java/your/bundle/newarchitecture/ folder.

  2. Open

  3. Find all packages and imports which contain com.rnnstarter and change them to yours.

What's inside

Extra helpful libraries

Useful services/methods

  • nav - a service where some of navigation configuration takes place in (such as default options).
  • translate - a service that brings an easy integration of localization for an app by using i18n-js and expo-localization.
  • api - a service where API-related methods are located.
  • onStart - a service where you can write your own logic when app is launched. For example, you can increment number of appLaunches there.

Splash Screen 🎉

Starting from v16.0.0, we have added a Splash Screen that works great on pair with React Native Navigation and can be hidden at any moment in your app! Thanks to @FawadMahmood!

Current approach relies on LaunchImage on iOS that is marked as deprecated by Apple. However, people still use it and that's the only way to make it work with React Native Navigation.

At some point of the app development, you'll probably want to replace existing splash screen (with icon). Below, you can find some tutorials/advices on how to replace the splash screen images.

Splash Screen replacement

If you already have some images ready for Splash Screen, you can just drag and drop them instead of existing Images/LaunchImage in XCode.

If you'd like to generate new images, then follow the steps below.

We are going to use rn-toolbox to achieve that. You can use any other tool or website.

  1. Follow the requirements and installation steps for rn-toolbox.

  2. Prepare splashscreen.psd with the design of your splash screen.

  3. Run yarn splash:gen.

Now, splash screens for iOS and Android must be generated and you should manually add them to the following folders.

Note for Android: discard any changes of styles.xml if it was accidentally overwritten by the script.

Note for iOS: key UILaunchStoryboardName must be removed from Info.plist file and LaunchImage value must be set for "Asset Catalog Launch Image" in Build Settings.

Splash Screen hides loading state of the app bundle when launching the app in debug mode.

Design System

This starter is using RN UI lib as a design system, UI toolset and a source of ready-to-go components.

DesignSystem - a class where all settings for an app's design system is taking place. You can customize colors, schemes, typegraphy, spacings, etc. Located at src/utils/designSystem.tsx.


Describe app screens in one place

All setup for your screens takes place in one file src/screens/index.ts:

import {generateRNNScreens} from 'rnn-screens';

import {Main} from './main';
import {Settings} from './settings';

export const screens = generateRNNScreens(
    Main: {
      component: Main,
      options: {
        topBar: {
          ...withRightButtons('inc', 'dec'),
    Settings: {
      component: Settings,
      options: {
        topBar: {
    // ...
  [withGestureHandler, withSS, withAppearance],

Navigate with predictability

import {screens} from '.';

const SomeScreen = ({componentId}) => {
  return (
        label="Open screen"
        onPress={() => {
          // IDE will autocomplete with registered screens
          screens.push(componentId, 'AnotherScreen');

Build root component with ease

// single screen app
const App = () => Root(Screen(screens.get('Main')));

// tab based app
const TabsApp = () =>

Dark mode support

You can define modes in utils/designSystem.tsx.

Samples for new screens, services, stores and components.

So you have one structure within the project. You can find them in corresponding folders. Just copy&paste it and make the necessary changes.


There are still some things I would like to add to the starter:

Feel free to open an issue for suggestions.

Known issues

  • [iOS] Hermes framework not found/loaded. There are some cases when hermes.framework is not found/loaded in XCode with React Native 0.70. Check this and this comments for potential solution.
  • [iOS] Large title is not shown on 2nd+ tab. This issue exists. You can find the patch file for fixing that at patches/react-native+0.70.0.patch.
  • [Android] Issue after renaming on Android. This happens when you rename the app using yarn rename script. Check Rename section for possible solution.

Worth checking

Other starters

  • rnn-with-expo - 🛹 Minimalistic React Native App Starter with React Native Navigation, Expo Modules and RNN Screens.
  • expo-starter - 🦥 Production-ready starter for Expo (React Native) App! Powered by cli-rn, React Navigation (v6), RN UI lib, Mobx, Reanimated 2, Dark Mode, Localization, and much more.
  • rn-starter - 🦄 Production-ready starter for React Native App! Powered by cli-rn, React Navigation (v6), RN UI lib, Mobx, Reanimated 2, Dark Mode, Localization, Notifications, Permissions, and much more.

Originally bootstrapped from starters-dev/rnn-with-expo.


  • "Build React Native Apps with Simplified and Predictable Navigation" - Medium,
  • "Testing React Native apps with zero effort" - Medium,
  • "Expo + React Native Navigation? Yes!" - Medium,

Why we need yet another starter/boilerplate? Well, I work with React Native for more than 4 years and during the time I started having my own project structure which was a good fit for almost all of the delivered apps. Also, I have come up with some custom useful services/methods which simplify usage of React Native Navigation and other libraries. Check out Advantages section.


This project is MIT licensed