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Getting Started

The Basics section of this documentation introduces the fundamentals of Stream Chat for React Native. It will cover installing Stream Chat within your project, give you some troubleshooting tips, and provide an overview of what is possible using the library. This should be considered a primer before delving into the UI and Core Components or Customization sections.

Installation#

Your environment should be setup and a project created prior to beginning the installation.

Add dependencies#

Install the required packages in your React Native project.

  yarn add stream-chat-react-native

Stream Chat has a number of peer dependencies that are required to take advantage of all of the out of the box features. It is suggested you follow the install instructions for each package to ensure it is properly setup. Most if not all of the required packages now support auto-linking so setup should be minimal. Those with known additional steps have been noted.

yarn add @react-native-community/blur @react-native-community/cameraroll @react-native-community/netinfo @stream-io/flat-list-mvcp react-native-document-picker react-native-fs react-native-gesture-handler react-native-haptic-feedback react-native-haptic-feedback react-native-image-crop-picker react-native-image-resizer react-native-reanimated react-native-safe-area-context react-native-share react-native-svg

For iOS on a Mac install the pods npx pod-install ios.

Additional Steps#

info

react-native-gesture-handler requires the package to be imported at the top of the entry file before anything else, this is usually your App.js or index.js file.


import 'react-native-gesture-handler';import { AppRegistry } from 'react-native';
import App from './App';import { name as appName } from './app.json';
AppRegistry.registerComponent(appName, () => App);
note

If you are planning to use file picker functionality, make sure you enable iCloud capability in your app - Enable iCloud capability

AndroidX Support#

AndroidX is a major step forward in the Android ecosystem, and the old support library artifacts are being deprecated. For 0.60, React Native has been migrated over to AndroidX. This is a breaking change, and your native code and dependencies will need to be migrated as well.

(Reference: https://facebook.github.io/react-native/blog/2019/07/03/version-60#androidx-support)

Dependencies such as react-native-document-picker, react-native-gesture-handler, and react-native-reanimated don't have AndroidX support. But an awesome tool named jetifier is quite useful to patch these dependencies with AndroidX support.

Expo Installation#

Stream Chat for React Native is set up for parity on Expo, expo requires a different set of dependencies than bare React Native, in your project directory run:

expo install stream-chat-expoexpo install @react-native-community/netinfo expo-blur expo-document-picker expo-file-system expo-haptics expo-image-manipulator expo-image-picker expo-media-library expo-sharing react-native-gesture-handler react-native-reanimated react-native-safe-area-context react-native-svg

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