How to Make React Native Bottom Navigation with Latest Navigation V. 4+

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 is updated for the React Navigation 4.0+. For more about React Navigation 4 please have a look at Using React Navigation 4.0 in React Native apps.

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-tabs to import createBottomTabNavigator

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

5. We are going to use Ionicons to show the menu icons from react-native-vector-icons/Ionicons. So install react-native-vector-icons

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

6. Install react-navigation-stack to import createStackNavigator

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

Linking of Dependency

After the updation of React Native 0.60, they have introduced autolinking feature means we do not require to link the library but they have also mentioned that some libraries need linking and react-native-vector-icons is one of those cases. So for that we need to link the library using

CocoaPods Installation

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

Please use the following command to install CocoaPods

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!

Hope you liked it. 🙂

15 thoughts on “How to Make React Native Bottom Navigation with Latest Navigation V. 4+”

  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.

  3. Hey i’ve followed each step but im getting error ‘TypeError:null is not an object(evaluating ‘_ReanimatedModule.default.configureProps)’
    PS:i have installed and linked react-native-reanimated and all the packages it need
    i am using react native cli

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