How to Make React Native Bottom Navigation with Latest Navigation V. 3+

How to Make React Native Bottom Navigation with Latest Navigation V. 3+

Here is an example of React Native Bottom Navigation. Bottom Navigation is very useful when you have 2-3 main navigation options. It provides the user with easy access to regular usable options.

In this example, We will make a Bottom Navigation with navigation options like Home and Setting. Each screen has other navigation options too. So let’s get started.

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 install dependencies open the terminal and jump into your project

1. To use createStackNavigator you need to install react-navigation and react-native-gesture-handler dependencies.
Run the following commands

2. We are going to use Ionicons to show the menu icons from react-native-vector-icons/Ionicons. So to install react-native-vector-icons run the following command

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.

Linking of Dependencies

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 can find the solution here.

Project File Structure

To start with this Example you need to create a directory named pages in your project and create four files DetailsScreen.js, HomeScreen.js, ProfileScreen.js and SettingScreen.js in it.

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


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


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


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


Open pages/SettingsScreen.js in any code editor and the 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).


(Home menu with details screen in it)



(Home menu with details screen in it)



(Setting menu with detail and profile screens in it)



(Setting menu with detail and profile screens in it)


In this example, we have used Ionicons for the bottom navigation tab icons. If you want to use the icons from the local directory of your project then please visit our next post on Bottom Navigation with Navigation Icon from Local Directory. This will be a similar example but the bottom tab icon will be from the project’s local directory.

That was the React Native Bottom Navigation. 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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9 thoughts on “How to Make React Native Bottom Navigation with Latest Navigation V. 3+”

  1. Hi, I have created my own icons and want to use them instead of IonIcons. I have stored them in a folder called assets. I don’t have to import them. But I can not figure out how to implement them in the defaultNavigationOptions.
    Can you please show me the way.

    Thank you

  2. Great tutorial, thanks for your time and knowledge shared!

    If someone is using Expo on the section *Linking of Dependencies*, there is a different command ‘react-native link react-native-gesture-handler’. Don’t know if it also applies to the plain use of React Native.

    Gracias one more time 🙂

    • There is not a way to put a floating action button on a single place instead you have to make a different component for that and have to include that component into all screens.

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