3 Ways to Hide Navigation Bar in React Native Application

3 Ways to Hide Navigation Bar

Here are the 3 Ways to Hide Navigation Bar in React Native Application. If you are making an application with a React Navigation StackNavigator, you can find a NavigationBar/ ActionBar on the top of the screen. If you are on the first screen of the StackNavigator it will show simple NavigationBar but if you navigate to the next screen then it will show you the back arrow to go back.

Sometimes you don’t want to have a NavigationBar on the top of the screen so to hide the Navigation Bar we can use header: null.

To hide the header here are the following options.

Options to Hide Navigation Bar

1. For the single screen, you can set header null in navigationOptions

static navigationOptions = {
    //To hide the ActionBar/NavigationBar
    header: null,
};

2. For the single screen, you can set header null in createStackNavigator like this

const App = createStackNavigator({
  First: {
    screen: HomeActivity,
    navigationOptions: {
      header: null,
    },
  },
});

3. Hide the header from all the screens in once using defaultNavigationOptions

const App = createStackNavigator(
  {
    First: {
      screen: HomeActivity,
    },
  },{
    defaultNavigationOptions: {
      header: null
    },
  }
);

If you want to hide the header dynamically on click of a button then you can visit our post on Hiding React Navigation Header on Press of a Button.

In this example, you can see how can you hide the header of any screen. Please find the comments to see how can you hide the header in different ways. We will use react-navigation to make the navigation bar on the top of the screen. So let’s get started.

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 switch between the screens and to make a navigation header we need to add react-navigation in our application.

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

cd ProjectName

1. Install react-navigation dependency to import createAppContainer

npm install react-navigation --save

2. Other supporting libraries for react-navigation

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

3. Install react-navigation-stack to import createStackNavigator

npm install react-navigation-stack --save

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

CocoaPods Installation

Please use the following command to install CocoaPods

cd ios && pod install && cd ..

Project File Structure

To start coding you need to create a directory named pages in your project and create a file HomeActivity.js in it.

Code

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

App.js

//This is an example to hide Navigation Bar from a particular screen
import React, { Component } from 'react';
//import react in our code.

//Import react-navigation
import { createAppContainer } from 'react-navigation';
import { createStackNavigator} from 'react-navigation-stack';

import HomeActivity from './pages/HomeActivity';

const App = createStackNavigator(
  {
    First: {
      screen: HomeActivity,
      //You can hide the header from here as well just uncomment below lines
      /*navigationOptions: {
      header: null,
    },*/
    },
  }
  //You can hide the header from all the screens in once using defaultNavigationOptions
  /*,{
    defaultNavigationOptions: {
      header: null
    },
  }*/
);
export default createAppContainer(App);

Open pages/HomeActivity.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code.

HomeActivity.js

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

export default class HomeActivity extends Component {
  static navigationOptions = {
    //To hide the NavigationBar from current Screen
    header: null
  };
  render() {
    return (
      <View style={styles.MainContainer}>
        <Text style={styles.textStyle}>
          Hidden Navigation Bar in React Native.
        </Text>
      </View>
    );
  }
}
const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  MainContainer: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
    alignItems: 'center',
    padding: 10,
    backgroundColor: '#FFFFFF',
  },
});

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).

Output Screenshots

IOS

Android

Output in Online Emulator

This is how you can hide Navigation Bar and make Screen Full Screen. 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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