React Navigation Header Customization in RN using Navigation Options

React Navigation Header Customization in RN using Navigation Options

This is an example of React Navigation Header Customization in React Native using Navigation Options. In this example, we will see how to customize the Navigation Bar/ Navigation header. React Native does not provide any header by default, it comes when we add React Navigation to switch the activity.

Sometimes we have to customize the header according to the needs and we can easily do it with the help of navigation options. In this post, we will see the full customized header and customization of right and left header.

Complete Header customization using

Left and Right header customization using

In this example,  We will create two screens and we will switch between them using React Navigation. On the first screen, you will see the full customized header and on the second screen, you will see the left and right header customization.

This example will work for the React Navigation Version 3+. If you are using Version 2+ then please find the comments in the code for the suitable changes or can see our old post React Native Navigation Version 2+ for the help.

To Make a React Native App

Getting started with React Native will help you to know more about the way you can make a React Native project. We are going to use react-native init to make our React Native App. Assuming that you have node installed, you can use npm to install the react-native-cli command line utility. Open the terminal and go to the workspace and run
npm install -g react-native-cli
Run the following commands to create a new React Native project
react-native init ProjectName
This will make a project structure with an index file named App.js in your project directory.

Installation of Dependencies

To switch between the screens and to make a default navigation header you need to install react-navigation and react-native-gesture-handler dependencies.

To install these dependencies open the terminal and jump into your project using

Run the following commands

This command will copy all the dependencies into your node_module directory. –save is optional, it is just to update dependencies in your package.json file.

After installing the dependencies you need to link it with your project using

After linking the dependency if you face  Could not Compile Settings File project/android/settings.gradle error while building and installing the project then you will find the solution here.

Project Structure

To start with this Example you need to create a directory named pages in your project and create two files FirstPge.js and SecondPage.js

Now Open App.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code.

react-navigation 3.+ have some changes as compared to react-navigation 2.+ so please go through the following lines. In this example, we are using “react-navigation”: “3.1.2”.

In Version 2+ you just need to export the default class.

But In Version 3+ you have to wrap it with the createAppContainer and then you have to export it.

For this, you have to import createAppContainer from ‘react-navigation’. Have a look at the updated code.


Open FirstPage.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code.


Open SecondPage.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code.


To Run the React Native App

Open the terminal again and jump into your project using.
cd ProjectName
To run the project on an Android Virtual Device or on real debugging device
react-native run-android
or on the iOS Simulator by running
react-native run-ios (macOS only).


This is how you can Customize Header using Navigation Options in React Native. If you have any doubt or you want to share something about the topic you can comment below or contact us here. There will be more posts coming soon. Stay tuned!

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