3 Ways to Add Image Icon Inside Navigation Bar in React Native

3 Ways to Add Image Icon Inside Navigation Bar in React Native

Here are the 3 Ways to Add Image Icon Inside Navigation Bar in React Native. If you want to make an application with a React Navigation, you can find a NavigationBar/ ActionBar on the top of the Screen.

If you want to add the image/logo in Navigation Bar you can simply do it using headerLeft: <You Image component/>. To add image Icon inside Navigation Bar here are the following options.

Options to Add Image Icon Inside Navigation Bar

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

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

3. Set custom header in all the screens in once using defaultNavigationOptions

In this example, We will create an ActionBarImage component which can be set easily from anywhere if we follow any option from above. We will set Image/Icon in the left side with header title, header background and text color of the title. 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 switch between the screens and to make a default navigation header you need to install react-navigation and react-native-gesture-handler dependencies.

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

Run the following commands

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.

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 will 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 two files HomeActivity.js and ActionBarImage.js in it.

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


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


Open pages/ActionBarImage.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).



This is how you can set Image Icon inside Navigation Bar. 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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