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React Native for Web relies on JavaScript to define styles for your application. This allows you to avoid issues arising from the 7 deadly sins of CSS:

  1. Global namespace
  2. Dependency hell
  3. No dead code elimination
  4. No code minification
  5. No sharing of constants
  6. Non-deterministic resolution
  7. Lack of isolation

Defining styles

Styles should be defined outside of the component:

class Example extends React.Component {}

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  heading: {
    color: 'gray',
    fontSize: '2rem'
  text: {
    color: 'gray',
    fontSize: '1.25rem'

Using StyleSheet.create is optional but provides the best performance (style is resolved to CSS stylesheets). Avoid creating unregistered style objects.

The attribute names and values are a subset of CSS. See the style documentation of individual components.

Using styles

All the React Native components accept a style attribute.

<Text style={styles.text} />
<View style={styles.view} />

A common pattern is to conditionally add style based on a condition:

// either
<View style={[
  styles.base, &&
]} />

Composing styles

In order to let a call site customize the style of your component children, you can pass styles around. Use and in order to make sure only valid styles are being passed.

class List extends React.Component {
  static propTypes = {

  render() {
    return (
      <View style={}>
        { =>
          <View style={[ styles.element, this.props.elementStyle ]} />

In another file:

<List style={styles.list} elementStyle={styles.listElement} />

You also have much greater control over how styles are composed when compared to using class names. For example, you may choose to accept a limited subset of style props in the component's API, and control when they are applied:

class List extends React.Component {
  static propTypes = {
    children: React.PropTypes.any,
    // limit which styles are accepted
    style: React.PropTypes.shape({
      borderColor: View.propTypes.borderColor,
      borderWidth: View.propTypes.borderWidth

  render() {
    return (
          // override border-color when scrolling
          isScrolling && { borderColor: 'transparent' }

Media Queries

StyleSheet.create is a way of defining the styles your application requires; it does not concern itself with where or when those styles are applied to elements.

There are various React libraries wrapping JavaScript Media Query API's, e.g., react-media-queries, media-query-fascade, or react-responsive. This has the benefit of co-locating breakpoint-specific DOM and style changes.

Pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements

Pseudo-classes like :hover and :focus can be implemented with events (e.g. onFocus). Pseudo-elements are not supported; elements should be used instead.


You do not need to include a CSS reset or normalize.css.

React Native for Web includes a very small CSS reset taken from normalize.css. It removes unwanted User Agent styles from (pseudo-)elements beyond the reach of React (e.g., html, body) or inline styles (e.g., ::-moz-focus-inner).