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React Native - Environment Setup

There are a couple of things you need to install to set up the environment for React Native. We will use OSX as our building platform.

Sr.No. Software Description
1 NodeJS and NPM You can follow our NodeJS Environment Setup tutorial to install NodeJS.

Step 1: Install create-react-native-app

After installing NodeJS and NPM successfully in your system you can proceed with installation of create-react-native-app (globally as shown below).

C:\Users\Tutorialspoint> npm install -g create-react-native-app

Step 2: Create project

Browse through required folder and create a new react native project as shown below.

C:\Users\Tutorialspoint>cd Desktop
C:\Users\Tutorialspoint\Desktop>create-react-native-app MyReactNative

After executing the above command, a folder with specifies name is created with the following contents.

Environment Project

Step 3: NodeJS Python Jdk8

Make sure you have Python NodeJS and jdk8 installed in your system if not, install them. In addition to these it is recommended to install latest version of yarn to avoid certain issues.

Step 4: Install React Native CLI

You can install react native command line interface on npm, using the install -g react-native-cli command as shown below.

npm install -g react-native-cli

Environment Commandline

Step 5: Start react native

To verify the installation browse through the project folder and try starting the project using the start command.

C:\Users\Tutorialspoint\Desktop>cd MyReactNative
C:\Users\Tutorialspoint\Desktop\MyReactNative>npm start

If everything went well you will get a QR code as shown below.

Environment Package installer

As instructed, one way to run react native apps on your android devise is to using expo. Install expo client in your android devise and scan the above obtained QR code.

Step 6: Eject the project

If you want to run android emulator using android studio, come out of the current command line by pressing ctrl+c.

Then, execute run eject command as

npm run eject

This prompts you options to eject, select the first one using arrows and press enter.

Environment Eject Command

Then, you should suggest the name of the app on home screen and project name of the Android studio and Xcode projects.

Environment Eject Command Questions

Though your project ejected successfully, you may get an error as −

Environment Eject Error

Ignore this error and run react native for android using the following command −

react-native run-android

But, before that you need to install android studio.

Step 7: Installing Android Studio

Visit the web page and download android studio.

Environment Android Studio

After downloading the installation file of it, double click on it and proceed with the installation.

Environment Android Studio3

Step 8: Configuring AVD Manager

To configure the AVD Manager click on the respective icon in the menu bar.

Configuring AVD Manager

Step 9: Configuring AVD Manager

Choose a device definition, Nexus 5X is suggestable.

Choose Device Definition

Click on the Next button you will see a System Image window. Select the x86 Images tab.

System Image

Then, select Marshmallow and click on next.

Select System Image

Finally, click on the Finish button to finish the AVD configuration.

Verify Configuration

After configuring your virtual device click on the play button under the Actions column to start your android emulator.

Your Virtual Devices

Step 10: Running android

Open command prompt, browse through your project folder and, execute the react-native run-android command.

Running Android

Then, your app execution begins in another prompt you can see its status.

Execution Status

In your android emulator you can see the execution of the default app as −

React Native Default App

Step 11:

Open the android folder in your project folder SampleReactNative/android (in this case). Create a file with named and add the following path in it.

sdk.dir = /C:\\Users\\Tutorialspoint\\AppData\\Local\\Android\\Sdk

here, replace Tutorialspoint with your user name.

Step 12: Hot Reloading

And to build application modify the App.js and the changes will be automatically updated on the android emulator.

If not, click on the android emulator press ctrl+m then, select Enable Hot Reloading option.

Environment Hot Reloading