How to set onPress on a View in React Native

React Native onPress on a View

In this post, we will see How to set onPress on a View in React Native. While working with React Native components we need to set onPress on different situations to do that we have to surround it with the React Native Touchables but what if we can set onPress on the View container itself. You can do this using onStartShouldSetResponder(This will work only after React Native version -> 55.3). So let’s see 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.


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


//How to set onPress on a View in React Native

//import React in our code
import React from 'react';

//import all the components we are going to use
import {SafeAreaView, StyleSheet, View, Text} from 'react-native';

const App = () => {
  return (
    <SafeAreaView style={{flex: 1}}>
      <View style={styles.container}>
            () => alert('View Clicked')
          <Text style={styles.paragraph}>
             Example of Click on a View

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
    paddingTop: 25,
    backgroundColor: '#ecf0f1',
    padding: 8,
  innerView: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
    paddingTop: 25,
    backgroundColor: '#808080',
    marginTop: 200,
    marginBottom: 200,
    marginLeft: 20,
    marginRight: 20,
  paragraph: {
    margin: 24,
    fontSize: 18,
    color: 'white',
    fontWeight: 'bold',
    textAlign: 'center',
export default App;

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

Download Source Code

Output Screenshots


Output in Online Emulator

This is how you can set onPress on a View 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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