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React Native Clean Project

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Cleans your React Native project by purging caches and modules, and reinstalling them again.


yarn add -D react-native-clean-project


React-Native CLI plugin

This module is automatically detected as a plugin by the standard react-native command, adding new sub-commands:

  • react-native clean-project-auto - fully automated project state clean: like a freshly-cloned, never-started repo
  • react-native clean-project - interactive project state clean: choose types of react-native state to clean

Direct execution

For complete control (including using command-line arguments to non-interactively fine-tune what state is cleaned):

npx react-native-clean-project

Or add it as a script to your package.json

"scripts": {
  "clean": "react-native-clean-project"


This is a combination of the commands suggested in the React Native documentation plus others.

State Type Command In clean-project-auto? Optional? Default? Option Flag
React-native cache rm -rf $TMPDIR/react-* Yes No true
Metro bundler cache rm -rf $TMPDIR/metro-* Yes No true
Watchman cache watchman watch-del-all Yes No true
NPM modules rm -rf node_modules Yes Yes true --keep-node-modules
Yarn cache yarn cache clean Yes Yes true --keep-node-modules
Yarn packages yarn install No Yes true --keep-node-modules
NPM cache npm cache verify Yes Yes true --keep-node-modules
NPM Install npm ci Yes Yes true --keep-node-modules
iOS build folder rm -rf ios/build Yes Yes false --remove-iOS-build
iOS pods folder rm -rf ios/Pods Yes Yes false --remove-iOS-pods
system iOS pods cache pod cache clean --all Yes Yes true --keep-system-iOS-pods-cache
user iOS pods cache rm -rf ~/.cocoapods Yes Yes true --keep-user-iOS-pods-cache
Android build folder rm -rf android/build Yes Yes false --remove-android-build
Android clean project (cd android && ./gradlew clean) Yes Yes false --clean-android-project
Brew package brew update && brew upgrade No Yes true --keep-brew
Pod packages pod update No Yes true --keep-pods

Example: npx react-native-clean-project --remove-iOS-build

Other Tips

You can also reset the Metro bundler cache when starting with react-native start --reset-cache


This library does not support windows. PR's are welcome.


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