Open any Website in React Native WebView

In this post, you will see how to Open any Website in React Native WebView. React Native WebView is a component to render the web page into your mobile app. This is supported by Android and IOs both. WebView is very useful as you can open any web link in your app itself so when anybody wants to browse your referred link they don’t need to open any other app for that.

To Import WebView in Code

Render Using

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 WebView you need to install react-native-webview dependency.
To install this dependency open the terminal and jump into your project

Run the following commands

This command will copy the dependency into your node_module directory. –save is optional, it is just to update dependency in your package.json file.

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

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).

That was the React Native Webview. If you have any doubt or you want to share something about the topic you can comment below or contact us here. The remaining components will be covered in the next article. Stay tuned!

Hope you liked it. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Open any Website in React Native WebView”

  1. How to handle window.ReactNativeWebView.postMessage(“Hello!”); ?
    As at run time, it is giving “Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘postMessage’ of undefined” and in onMessage props, we are getting the value of “” as undefined.
    How to resolve it, as I need to get a response from web page and alert that response.
    Awaiting for your reply.


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