React Native Touchable using react-native-platform-touchable

This is an Example to Make React Native Touchable using react-native-platform-touchable. We have already seen 4 Different Type of React Native Touchable in our last post in the Beginner section. Here we will talk about the React Native Touchable.

React Native Touchable is built in to React Native core which is a wrapper around the various Touchable* components in order to use TouchableNativeFeedback whenever possible.

If we talk about Android devices TouchableNativeFeedback provides the Native experience but it is only supported by the Android and not supported by iOS, So in case of iOS, we generally use TouchableOpacity as an alternative solution for the iOS.

In the above situation, we have two choices either we use a common Touchable which is TouchableOpacity (Best for both platform) or identify the platform and then apply the Touchable accordingly. If you want to use the first method then it’s OK, you can proceed with that but if you want to provide the Native experience to your App users then you should go for the second one which makes the code lengthy (not much but a little bit).

react-native-platform-touchable library bought a simple component Touchable for the second case mentioned above. It is a wrapper over various Touchables which makes life very easy. You just have to install the dependency and you are good to go. It will handle all the conditions and will use the Touchable according to the platform to provide the best experience.

For iOS:

TouchableOpacity with default activeOpacity.

For Android:

TouchableNativeFeedback with background from Android app style for Android API <= 20

TouchableOpacity for Android < 5.0

In this example, we will make a simple button with Touchable component to show the rendering of different Touchables according to a different platform. So let’s get started.

Import using React Native Communication

To Make Touchable

For this example, we will make a home screen with 1 button using Touchable.

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 Dependency

To use Touchable we need to install react-native-platform-touchable dependency.

To install this open the terminal and jump into your project using

Run the following command to install

This command will copy all the dependency into your node_module directory.

–save is optional, it is just to update the react-native-platform-touchable dependency in your package.json file.

Now Open App.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).



This is how you can Make React Native Touchable using react-native-platform-touchable. 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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