A complete scene routing library for react native
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A complete scene routing library written in pure JavaScript for React Native. It supports iOS and Android.


We, at Pressly, using react-native at the beginning. Our app compose of a huge number of views and in order to maintain the code base we decided to refer to each View by link. Link can have params and query strings. There is no need for nested Route.

Note: the api has been redesigned from scratch to improve performance and modularity.


npm install scene-router


we recommended to use decorator. It makes the code a lot easier to maintain. If you don't want to use it, that's ok too.

with decorator

  path: "/home"
class MyView extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <View style={{
        backgroundColor: 'red',
        flex: 1,
        height: window.height,
        width: window.width

export default MyView

without decorator

class MyView extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <View style={{
        backgroundColor: 'red',
        flex: 1,
        height: window.height,
        width: window.width

export default scene({ path: '/home' })(MyView)


there are 4 things you need to know, scene, Area, AreaList and scene life cycle.


scene is a decorator that register your component internally so the Area component can place it on screen.

Scene has the following options which can be configured at Component scope and Runtime scope

option type required default value scope
path String Yes N/A Component Level only
side Side No Side.L Component and Runtime Levels
threshold Number No 50 Component and Runtime Levels
gesture Boolean No true Component and Runtime Levels
reset Boolean No false Component and Runtime Levels
animate Boolean No true Component and Runtime Levels
backgroundColor String No white the back color of each scene

Side: is a enum that has the following constant values

name description
L Animate the Scene From Left to Right
R Animate the Scene From Right to Left
T Animate the Scene From Top to Bottom
B Animate the Scene From Bottom to Top

Scene Life Cycle

Once you connect your view with scene function, scene will inject a new props to your component with the name sceneStatus

sceneStatus can have one of the following values.

value Description
Activating when a scene is about to appears
Activated when the animation is done and scene is visible
Deactivating when a scene is about to go away or cover by another scene
Deactivated when a scene is already covered or gone
MightDeactivate during dragging a scene. the current scene will get this value
MightActivate the previous and covered scene by current during dragging with get this value


Area is a component that needs to be places where you need to display the scene. This is the main component of scene-router

if you are planning to use AreaList, make sure to pass a unique names to each Area components by name prop.

it has 2 main methods which can be accessed by ref

  • goto(path, userOpts)

accepts a path and tries to find the scene related to that path. userOpts is an object contains 2 keys. props and opts. props the props that you want to send to your component. opts is the override values of value options which described in first table.

this.refs['areaRef'].goto('/profile/123', { props:{}, opts: {side: Side.R }})
  • goback(path)

simply returns to the previous scene. if path is provided, it goes back to that path.

if you want to goback to previous scene, don't provide any path.

if the path not found, the goback is noop.


if you plan to implement tabs with scene-router, you should use AreaList. This component is wrapping all the Area component that you need and you can easily switch between them by using activeArea('name of area'). Please refer to the example.

AreaList has all the methods of Area plus activeArea.


for complex operation, onGestureClosed props is added to Area and AreaList. If user closes the scene by gesture, this callback is being called.


in latest React-Native, useNativeDrive was introduced to boost performance. you can enable it by using enableNativeDrive(true). This is a global set for all scenes. the default value is false

import { enableNativeDrive } from 'scene-router'



Please use it give us feedback and with help of you we can make it better.