Example to Use Vector Icons in React Native

This is an 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.

Use of Vector Icons in ReactNative

To use the Vector Icons in React Native you have to import react-native-vector-icons dependency which will provide Icon component and Icon.Button component.

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

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

In this example, We will create a simple Screen with different icons and will run it in Android and IOS. 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 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 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.

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

Android

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