Switch from One Screen to another using React Navigation 3.+ (Router)

Switch from One Screen to another using React Navigation 3.+ (Router)

This is an Example to Switch from One Screen to another using React Navigation 3.+ (Router). We will use react-navigation library for the Navigation.

React Native Navigation (Version 3+) is used to switch from one screen to another in the desired manner. This navigation solution is written entirely in JavaScript (so you can read and understand all of the sources), on top of powerful native primitives.

This is the updated post for the React Navigation Version 3+ . According to the official release “it now depends on react-native-gesture-handler. This library provides an excellent set of primitives for leveraging the operating systems’ native gesture APIs and has enabled us to fix a variety of issues with stack and drawer navigators.”

Navigate using

In this example, we will navigate from the first screen to second on a click of a button. 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
This will make a project structure with an index file named App.js in your project directory.

Installation of Dependencies

To use createStackNavigator you need to install react-navigation and react-native-gesture-handler dependencies.

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

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.

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 Structure

To start with this Example you need to create a directory named pages in your project and create two files FirstPage.js and SecondPage.js

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

Change in this example as compared to our previous example on React Navigation (Version 2+) is:

In Version 2+ you just need to export the default class.

But In Version 3+ you have to wrap it with the createAppContainer and then you have to export it.

For this, you have to import createAppContainer from ‘react-navigation’. Have a look at the updated code. We are using “react-navigation”: “3.0.8” for this example.


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


Open SecondPage.js in any code editor and 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).





That was the React Native Navigation Version 3.+. We are also working to list out the other changes in Version 3+ so keep visiting or subscribe us.

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2 thoughts on “Switch from One Screen to another using React Navigation 3.+ (Router)”

  1. Hi,
    I’m trying to pass two functions in a button (TouchableOpacity)to trigger two events. 1.) store data from Input in a AsyncStorage and 2.) navigate to a new site.
    Actually I want to take the Input, it’s a number and call a file to open as a new site. Fore example: I have store (in AsyncStorage or SQLite) 10 different pattern. Every pattern has a number. Input will give the number as a value -> than navigate to a new site and bring up the desired pattern.
    The problem is: when I put in the navigation into onPress={() => this.props.navigation.navigate(‘Pattern’)} I can’t pass any other function in.
    How to fix it?
    Thank you, Peter

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