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Getting Started Guide for React Native Windows (vnext)

This is a summary of setup steps needed to install and work with React Native for Windows (vnext). See the React Native Getting Started Guide for React Native details and see Getting Started Guide - current for working with the current React Native for Windows implementation.

System Requirements

  • You can run React-Native for Windows10 apps only on Windows 10 devices and Windows version: 10.0.15063.0 or higher. See Windows 10 Compatability for version support details.
    • Ensure Developer Mode is turned ON in Windows Settings App.
  • Visual Studio 2019 with the following options:
    • Workloads
      • Universal Windows Platform development
        • Enable the optional C++ (v141) Universal Windows Platform tools
      • Desktop development with C++
    • Individual Components
      • Compilers, build tools and runtimes
        • MSVC v141 - VS 2017 C++ x64/x86 build tools (v14.16)
        • MSVC v141 - VS 2017 C++ ARM build tools (v14.16)
      • Development activities
        • Node.js development support (optional)


  • Install the dependencies specified by React Native. Specifically, make sure a recent version of Node.js is installed. Chocolatey is the React Native recommended installation method. But you can also install Node directly from NodeJs. To use chocolately, from an elevated Command Prompt, run:
    choco install nodejs.install --version=12.9.1
  • Install Chrome (optional, but needed for JS debugging)
  • Install Yarn (optional if consuming react-native-windows, but required to work in the react-native-windows repo)

Installing React Native for Windows (vnext)

There are two ways to install and work with React Native for Windows (vnext):

  1. Consuming react-native-windows : Using react-native-windows in your package
  2. Building react-native-windows repo : Manually by cloning the repo and get things running.

E2E Test

Please refer to Author and Run E2E Test for React Native Windows


  • If after running the app, the packager does not update (or) app does not show React Native content - close the packager command prompt window and the app, make sure browser is open, run yarn start and run the app from Visual Studio again.
  • If you get a red error box in your UWP app window with the error message : ERROR: Instance failed to start. A connection with the server cannot be established, make sure you have the packager running using yarn start and run the app again.
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