Example of React Native Tab with Latest React Navigation Version 4.+

Here is an Example of React Native Tab for Android and IOS. We will use react-navigation to make a Tab Navigation in this example. Tabs are the most common style of navigation in mobile apps. Tabs can be on the bottom of the screen or on the top (below the header or even instead of a header). We all have seen WhatsApp and it can’t be so easy without Tab. So let’s get started with the example of Tab Navigation.

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 createMaterialTopTabNavigator

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

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

5. Install react-navigation-stack to import createStackNavigator

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

CocoaPods Installation

After the updation of React Native 0.60, they have introduced autolinking so we do not require to link the libraries but need to install pods.

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

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 two files FirstPge.js and SecondPage.js in it.

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


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


Open pages/SecondPage.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).




That was the React Native Tab. 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. 🙂

21 thoughts on “Example of React Native Tab with Latest React Navigation Version 4.+”

  1. Simple and great. But don’t they have gestures with tab? Can’t I swipe horizontally to change the tabs?

  2. how do i remove TabExample Header from above because i am using
    bottom navigation and drawer navigation too,

  3. How would you hide the tabs using the materialTopNavigator? It’s insanely easy to hide the headers from the other navigators but it seems like you can only the Tabs using the defaultNavigitons and setting the property hideTabs to true, but this hides them all. How can you do it individually?

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