Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer with Latest Navigation V. 4+

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.

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

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

This example is updated for the React Navigation 4.0+. For more about React Navigation 4 please have a look at Using React Navigation 4.0 in React Native apps.

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

1. Install react-navigation dependency to import createAppContainer

2. Install react-native-gesture-handler dependency to support gesture navigation

3. Install react-navigation-drawer to import createDrawerNavigator

4. Install react-native-reanimated for the drawer animation (Used internally by react-navigation-drawer)

These steps are enough for the drawer navigation but in this example we are also using createStackNavigator to switch screeens, so please follow the next step also

5. Install react-navigation-stack to import createStackNavigator

These commands will copy all the dependencies 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 libraries but need to install pods.

In this example we need to install the pods for react-native-gesture-handler and react-native-reanimated.

Please use the following command to install CocoaPods

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.


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


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


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


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


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