Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer with Latest Navigation V. 3+

This is an example to Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer in React Native. We will use react-navigation to make a navigation drawer in this example. I hope you have already seen our last post on React Native Navigation Drawer because in this post we are just extending the last post to switch out of the Navigation Drawer. In this example, we have a navigation drawer with 3 screens in the navigation menu, a button on the first screen to open a screen with navigation drawer and a button on the first screen to open a new screen out of the navigation drawer.

Switching Screen out of the navigation means we are opening the ScreenExternal independent of the Navigation Drawer. To do this we are going to make a DrawerNavigator and then will put this Navigator in parallel with ScreenExternal in StackNavigator. So the Drawer will be a group and ScreenExternal will be an independent entity which will a part of stackNavigator, not the DrawerNavigator.

This example will work for the React Navigation Version 3+. If you are using Version 2+ then please find the comments in the code for the suitable changes or can see our old post React Native Navigation Version 2+ for the help.

Make the DrawerNavigator using

Make StackNavigator using

In this example, we will make a navigation drawer with Three screens, a ScreenInternal to open in navigation drawer and a ScreenExternal which will open as an independent screen (out of the navigation drawer). 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 Dependencies

To use createDrawerNavigator, createStackNavigator you need to install react-navigation and react-native-gesture-handler dependencies.

To install these dependencies open the terminal and jump into your project

Run the following commands

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

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.

Project Structure

To start with this example you need to create a directory named pages in your project and create five files Screen1.js, Screen2.js, Screen3.js, ScreenExternal.js, and ScreenInternal.js in it.

To have the drawer Icon in Action Bar you have to make an image directory in your project and have to copy any drawer image with name drawer.png (For this example. You can change if you want but you need to change the file name in code too).

Here is the drawer.png if you want to download.

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

App.js

Open pages/Screen1.js in any code editor and the Replace the code with the following code.

Screen1.js

Open pages/Screen2.js in any code editor and the Replace the code with the following code.

Screen2.js

Open pages/Screen3.js in any code editor and the Replace the code with the following code.

Screen3.js

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

ScreenExternal.js

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

ScreenInternal.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).

Android

IOS

This is how you can Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer in React Native. 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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