Example to Use React Native Vector Icons

React Native Vector Icons are very popular icons in React Native. In this post, we will see Example to Use Vector Icons in React Native using react-native-vector-icons. Vector Icons are perfect for buttons, logos and nav/tab bars. Vector Icons are easy to extend, style and integrate into your project.

You can use Vector Icons very anywhere easily. You can visit the react-native-vector-icons directory to find a variety of icons.

Vector Icons

Here is the list of icons category available in React Native Vector Icons:

  • AntDesign by AntFinance (297 icons)
  • Entypo by Daniel Bruce (411 icons)
  • EvilIcons by Alexander Madyankin & Roman Shamin (v1.10.1, 70 icons)
  • Feather by Cole Bemis & Contributors (v4.21.0, 279 icons)
  • FontAwesome by Dave Gandy (v4.7.0, 675 icons)
  • FontAwesome 5 by Fonticons, Inc. (v5.7.0, 1500 (free) 5082 (pro) icons)
  • Fontisto by Kenan (v3.0.4, 615 icons)
  • Foundation by ZURB, Inc. (v3.0, 283 icons)
  • Ionicons by Ben Sperry (v4.2.4, 696 icons)
  • MaterialIcons by Google, Inc. (v3.0.1, 932 icons)
  • MaterialCommunityIcons by MaterialDesignIcons.com (v3.6.95, 3695 icons)
  • Octicons by Github, Inc. (v8.4.1, 184 icons)
  • Zocial by Sam Collins (v1.0, 100 icons)
  • SimpleLineIcons by Sabbir & Contributors (v2.4.1, 189 icons)

Use of Vector Icons in React Native

To use Vector Icons you have to follow the below steps:

  1. Create a new React Native project
  2. Install the Dependency (react-native-vector-icons)
  3. Link Dependency
  4. Install CocoaPods
  5. Lastly, import icon component in your project and start using it

Icon Component

For the Vector Icons we have to import react-native-vector-icons dependency which will provide two components:

1. Icon Component

You can use this Icon component to create Icons. Prop “name” will render the icon in Android and IOS.

PropDescriptionDefault
sizeSize of the icon can also be passed as fontSize in the style object.12
nameWhat icon to show, see Icon Explorer app or one of the links above.None
colorThe color of the icon.Inherited

2. Icon.Button Component

A convenience component for creating buttons with an icon on the left side.

PropDescriptionDefault
colorText and icon color, use iconStyle or nest a Text component if you need different colors.white
sizeIcon size.20
iconStyleStyles applied to the icon only, good for setting margins or a different color. Note: use iconStyle for margins or expect unstable behaviour.{marginRight: 10}
backgroundColorBackground color of the button.#007AFF
borderRadiusBorder radius of the button, set to 0 to disable.5
onPressA function called when the button is pressed.None

We are also going to use these components in our example.

I think this is enough now let’s get started with the example. In this example, We will create a simple Screen with different icons and will run it in Android and IOS.

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 Icon component you need to install react-native-vector-icons dependency.

To install this open the terminal and jump into your project

Run the following command

This command will copy all the dependencies into your node_module directory. –save is optional, it is just to update the react-native-vector-icons dependency in your package.json file.

Linking of Dependency

After the updation of React Native 0.60, they have introduced autolinking feature means we do not require to link the library but they have also mentioned that some libraries need linking and react-native-vector-icons is one of those cases. So for that, we need to link the library using

CocoaPods Installation

We need to install pods for the iOS

Code to Use Vector Icon in React Native

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

App.js

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).

IOS

React Native Vector Icon

Android

React Native Vector Icon

This is how you can Use Vector Icons in React Native. 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!

You can also see the following post related to Vector Icons:

  1. Example to Use Ionicons in React Native
  2. Example of Social Icons using React Native Elements
  3. React Native Card View
  4. Vector icon in Navigation Drawer / Sidebar
  5. Vector Icon in Bottom Navigation
  6. More

Hope you liked it. 🙂

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