React Native Video Library to Play Video in Android and IOS

This is an Example of React Native Video to Play Any Video in Android and IOS. There are many libraries available to play any video in React Native but React Native Video is the basic and one of the react-native-community members which means it is accepted by the React Native development team so I personally like to use it.

React Native Video provides all the props which you need while playing a video and we can control them easily. React Native Video does not provide the inbuilt controls to play /Pause or Seek the video as they have provided the props for the full access. If you are interested to design your own controls then your welcome else you can use a supporting library called react-native-media-controls. It provides you all the functional controls which you need for a standard video player.

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To Play a Video in React Native

To play a video in React Native we are going to use Video and MediaControls components from react-native-video and react-native-media-controls libraries.

Video component

MediaControls Component

For this example, We are going to play a simple video with MediaControls. 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

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 use Video and MediaControls we need to install react-native-video and react-native-media-controls dependencies.

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.

CocoaPods Installation

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

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 Play Video in Android and IOS devices using React Native Video Library. 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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12 thoughts on “React Native Video Library to Play Video in Android and IOS”

  1. hello. i did every step in this tutorial and i run into problem. position of the video is broken. can you help me out? Ty in advance. I can send you PS of simulator to see what i am talking about.

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