Navigation Drawer / Sidebar Menu with Sectioned Menu Options & Footer

This is an example of Navigation Drawer / Sidebar Menu with Sectioned Menu Options & Footer with React Navigation V. 4+. We will use react-navigation to make a navigation drawer in this example. I hope you have already seen our last post on React Native Navigation Drawer as this post is the extended version of React Native Navigation Drawer.

In this example, we have a navigation drawer with 3 screens in the navigation menu. We will make the custom sidebar in place of the simple navigation drawer so that we can modify the Navigation Drawer menu options according to our need.

In the custom Sidebar, we will have an array of main headings and subheadings with there targeted navigation screen. With the help of a loop and this array, we will make N number of headings and subheadings as sectioned options in the Navigation Drawer.

We are going to use contentComponent prop of createDrawerNavigator to set our custom view which is SideMenu.js in this example.

To set the custom view in Navigation Drawer / Sidebar Menu

You can set your own custom sidebar too. So let’s get started with the example.

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 install the dependencies open the terminal and jump into your project

1. Install react-navigation dependency to import createAppContainer

2. Install react-native-gesture-handler dependency to support gesture navigation

3. Install react-navigation-drawer to import createDrawerNavigator

4. Install react-native-reanimated for the drawer animation (Used internally by react-navigation-drawer)

These steps are enough for the drawer navigation but in this example we are also using createStackNavigator to switch screeens, so please follow the next step also

5. Install react-navigation-stack to import createStackNavigator

These commands will copy all the dependencies into your node_module directory.

CocoaPods Installation

After the updation of React Native 0.60, they have introduced autolinking so we do not require to link the libraries but need to install pods.

In this example we need to install the pods for react-native-gesture-handler and react-native-reanimated.

Please use the following command to install CocoaPods

Project Structure

To start with this example you need to create a directory named pages in your project and create three files Screen1.js, Screen2.js, Screen3.js in it for the Drawer navigation.

To have the drawer Icon in Action Bar / Header you have to make an image directory in your project and have to copy any drawer image with name drawer.png (For this example. You can change if you want but you need to change the file name in code too).

For the custom sidebar, make a file called sidemenu.js in the project directory (not in the pages directory)

Here is the drawer.png if you want to download.

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


Open pages/Screen1.js in any code editor and the Replace the code with the following code.


Open pages/Screen2.js in any code editor and the Replace the code with the following code.


Open pages/Screen3.js in any code editor and the Replace the code with the following code.


Open SideMenu.js in any code editor and the Replace the code with the following code.

SideMenu.js (Custom Menu)

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 make a Navigation Drawer / Sidebar Menu with Sectioned Menu & Footer with React Navigation V. 3+. 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!

Hope you liked it. 🙂

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