React Navigation Header Customization in RN using Navigation Options

Introduction

This is an example of React Navigation Header Customization in React Native using Navigation Options. In this example, we will see how to customise 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 the right and left header.

Header Title Customisation using

React.useLayoutEffect(() => {
  navigation.setOptions({
    headerTitle: (props) => (
      <Text {...props} style={{color: 'white', fontWeight: 'bold'}}>
        Custom Title
      </Text>
    ),
    headerStyle: {
      backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
    },
  });
}, [navigation]);

Left and Right Header Customization using

React.useLayoutEffect(() => {
  navigation.setOptions({
    title: 'Second Page', //Set Header Title
    headerStyle: {
      backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
    },
    headerTintColor: '#fff', //Set Header text color
    headerTitleStyle: {
      fontWeight: 'bold', //Set Header text style
    },
    headerLeft: () => (
      <TouchableOpacity
        onPress={() => alert('Left Menu Clicked')}
        style={{marginLeft: 10}}>
        <Text style={{color: 'white'}}>Left Menu</Text>
      </TouchableOpacity>
    ),
    headerRight: () => (
      <TouchableOpacity
        onPress={() => alert('Right Menu Clicked')}
        style={{marginRight: 10}}>
        <Text style={{color: 'white'}}>Right Menu</Text>
      </TouchableOpacity>
    ),
  });
}, [navigation]);

In this example,  We will create two screens and we will switch between them using React Navigation. On the first screen, you will see how to add custom title in header and on the second screen, you will see the left and right header customisation.

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

If you want to start a new project with a specific React Native version, you can use the --version argument:

react-native init ProjectName --version X.XX.X
react-native init ProjectName --version react-native@next

This will make a project structure with an index file named App.js in your project directory.

Installation of Dependencies

To navigate between screens we need to add react-navigation and other supporting dependencies.

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

cd ProjectName

1. Install react-navigation

npm install @react-navigation/native --save

2. Other supporting libraries react-native-gesture-handler, react-native-reanimated, react-native-screens and react-native-safe-area-context and @react-native-community/masked-view

npm install react-native-reanimated react-native-gesture-handler react-native-screens react-native-safe-area-context @react-native-community/masked-view --save

3. For the Stack Navigator install

npm install @react-navigation/stack --save

Note: When you use a navigator (such as stack navigator), you’ll need to follow the installation instructions of that navigator for any additional dependencies. If you’re getting an error “Unable to resolve module”, you need to install that module in your project.

You might get warnings related to peer dependencies after installation. They are usually caused by incorrect version ranges specified in some packages. You can safely ignore most warnings as long as your app builds.

CocoaPods Installation

Please use the following command to install CocoaPods

npx pod-install ios

To finalize the installation of react-native-gesture-handler, add the following at the top (make sure it’s at the top and there’s nothing else before it) of your entry files, such as index.js or App.js:

import 'react-native-gesture-handler';

Note: If you skip this step, your app may crash in production even if it works fine in development.

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

Code

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

App.js

// React Navigation Header Customization in RN using Navigation Options
// https://aboutreact.com/custom-header-using-navigation-options-in-react-native/

import 'react-native-gesture-handler';

import React from 'react';

import {NavigationContainer} from '@react-navigation/native';
import {createStackNavigator} from '@react-navigation/stack';

import FirstPage from './pages/FirstPage';
import SecondPage from './pages/SecondPage';

const Stack = createStackNavigator();

const App = () => {
  return (
    <NavigationContainer>
      <Stack.Navigator initialRouteName="FirstPage">
        <Stack.Screen name="FirstPage" component={FirstPage} />
        <Stack.Screen name="SecondPage" component={SecondPage} />
      </Stack.Navigator>
    </NavigationContainer>
  );
};

export default App;

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

FirstPage.js

// React Navigation Header Customization in RN using Navigation Options
// https://aboutreact.com/custom-header-using-navigation-options-in-react-native/

import React from 'react';
import {
  SafeAreaView,
  StyleSheet,
  Text,
  TouchableOpacity,
  View,
} from 'react-native';

const FirstPage = ({navigation}) => {
  React.useLayoutEffect(() => {
    navigation.setOptions({
      headerTitle: (props) => (
        <Text
          {...props}
          style={{color: 'white', fontWeight: 'bold'}}>
          Custom Title
        </Text>
      ),
      headerStyle: {
        backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
      },
    });
  }, [navigation]);

  return (
    <SafeAreaView style={{flex: 1, backgroundColor: 'white'}}>
      <View style={styles.container}>
        <Text style={styles.header}>
          React Navigation Header Customisation in
          RN using Navigation Options
        </Text>
        <Text>Full Customized Header</Text>

        <TouchableOpacity
          onPress={() => navigation.navigate('SecondPage')}
          activeOpacity={0.7}
          style={styles.buttonStyle}>
          <Text style={styles.textStyle}>
            Click to see Left and Right align header
          </Text>
        </TouchableOpacity>
      </View>
      <Text style={{textAlign: 'center', color: 'grey'}}>
        www.aboutreact.com
      </Text>
    </SafeAreaView>
  );
};

export default FirstPage;

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
    alignItems: 'center',
    padding: 16,
  },
  header: {
    fontSize: 25,
    textAlign: 'center',
    marginVertical: 16,
  },
  buttonStyle: {
    width: '100%',
    height: 40,
    padding: 10,
    backgroundColor: '#808080',
    borderRadius: 2,
    marginTop: 12,
  },
  textStyle: {
    color: '#fff',
    textAlign: 'center',
  },
});

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

SecondPage.js

// React Navigation Header Customization in RN using Navigation Options
// https://aboutreact.com/custom-header-using-navigation-options-in-react-native/

import React from 'react';
import {
  SafeAreaView,
  StyleSheet,
  View,
  Text,
  TouchableOpacity,
} from 'react-native';

const SecondPage = ({navigation}) => {
  React.useLayoutEffect(() => {
    navigation.setOptions({
      title: 'Second Page', //Set Header Title
      headerStyle: {
        backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
      },
      headerTintColor: '#fff', //Set Header text color
      headerTitleStyle: {
        fontWeight: 'bold', //Set Header text style
      },
      headerLeft: () => (
        <TouchableOpacity
          onPress={() => alert('Left Menu Clicked')}
          style={{marginLeft: 10}}>
          <Text style={{color: 'white'}}>Left Menu</Text>
        </TouchableOpacity>
      ),
      headerRight: () => (
        <TouchableOpacity
          onPress={() => alert('Right Menu Clicked')}
          style={{marginRight: 10}}>
          <Text style={{color: 'white'}}>Right Menu</Text>
        </TouchableOpacity>
      ),
    });
  }, [navigation]);

  return (
    <SafeAreaView style={{flex: 1, backgroundColor: 'white'}}>
      <View style={styles.container}>
        <Text style={styles.header}>
          React Navigation Header Customisation in
          RN using Navigation Options
        </Text>
        <Text>Left and Right Custom navigation bar</Text>
      </View>
      <Text style={{textAlign: 'center', color: 'grey'}}>
        www.aboutreact.com
      </Text>
    </SafeAreaView>
  );
};

export default SecondPage;

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
    alignItems: 'center',
    padding: 16,
  },
  header: {
    fontSize: 25,
    textAlign: 'center',
    marginVertical: 16,
  },
  textStyle: {
    color: '#fff',
    textAlign: 'center',
  },
});

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 (macOS only)

react-native run-ios

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Output Screenshots

        

Output in Online Emulator

This is how you can Customize Header using Navigation Options in React Native. If you have any doubts 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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2 thoughts on “React Navigation Header Customization in RN using Navigation Options”

  1. Snehal,

    I have created a sepereate js file for cusom header.
    I have 5 screens in stack navigation.
    All the 5 screens have flat list. this shoould come below my custom header.
    But multiple render return not working

    any help ?

    Reply

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