Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer with Latest Navigation

Introduction

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 will have a navigation drawer with two screens in the navigation menu, two buttons on the first screen to open a screen with navigation drawer and other to open a new screen out of the navigation drawer without navigation drawer.

Switching Screen out of the navigation means we will open the Screen independent of the navigation drawer.

To do this we will create a Drawer.Navigator and then will put it into Stack.Navigator as a Stack.Screen with ScreenExternal. So the Drawer will be a group and ScreenExternal will be an independent entity that will be a part of root stack navigator.

Drawer.Navigator

<Drawer.Navigator>
  <Drawer.Screen
    name="FirstPage"
    options={{
      drawerLabel: 'First page Option',
      activeTintColor: '#e91e63',
    }}
    component={firstScreenStack}
  />
  <Drawer.Screen
    name="SecondPage"
    options={{
      drawerLabel: 'Second page Option',
      activeTintColor: '#e91e63',
    }}
    component={secondScreenStack}
  />
</Drawer.Navigator>

Stack.Navigator

<NavigationContainer>
  <Stack.Navigator>
    <Stack.Screen
      name="Home"
      component={Home}
      options={{headerShown: false}}
    />
    <Stack.Screen
      name="ScreenExternal"
      component={ScreenExternal}
      options={{
        title: 'External Screen', //Set Header Title
        headerStyle: {
          backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
        },
        headerTintColor: '#fff', //Set Header text color
        headerTitleStyle: {
          fontWeight: 'bold', //Set Header text style
        },
      }}
    />
  </Stack.Navigator>
</NavigationContainer>

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

For navigation drawer we need to add react-navigation and other supporting dependencies.

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

cd ProjectName

1. Install react-navigation

npm install @react-navigation/native --save

2. Other supporting libraries react-native-gesture-handler, react-native-reanimated, react-native-screens and react-native-safe-area-context and @react-native-community/masked-view

npm install react-native-reanimated react-native-gesture-handler react-native-screens react-native-safe-area-context @react-native-community/masked-view --save

3. For the Drawer Navigator

npm install @react-navigation/drawer --save

4. These steps are enough for the drawer navigation but in this example, we are also using between screens so we will also need Stack Navigator

npm install @react-navigation/stack --save

Note: When you use a navigator, you’ll need to follow the installation instructions of that navigator for any additional dependencies. If you’re getting an error “Unable to resolve module”, you need to install that module in your project.

You might get warnings related to peer dependencies after installation. They are usually caused by incorrect version ranges specified in some packages. You can safely ignore most warnings as long as your app builds.

CocoaPods Installation

Please use the following command to install CocoaPods

npx pod-install ios

To finalize the installation of react-native-gesture-handler, add the following at the top (make sure it’s at the top and there’s nothing else before it) of your entry files, such as index.js or App.js:

import 'react-native-gesture-handler';

Note: If you skip this step, your app may crash in production even if it works fine in development.

Project Structure

To start with this example you need to create a directory named pages in your project and create four files FirstPage.js, SecondPage.js, ScreenExternal.js, and ScreenInternal.js in it.

navigation_drawer_switch_out_of_navigation_drawer_structure

Code to open a screen out of the Navigation Drawer

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

App.js

// Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
// https://aboutreact.com/switch-screen-out-of-the-navigation-drawer-in-react-native/

import 'react-native-gesture-handler';

import * as React from 'react';
import {View, TouchableOpacity, Image} from 'react-native';

import {NavigationContainer} from '@react-navigation/native';
import {createStackNavigator} from '@react-navigation/stack';
import {createDrawerNavigator} from '@react-navigation/drawer';

import FirstPage from './pages/FirstPage';
import SecondPage from './pages/SecondPage';
import ScreenInternal from './pages/ScreenInternal';
import ScreenExternal from './pages/ScreenExternal';

const Stack = createStackNavigator();
const Drawer = createDrawerNavigator();

const NavigationDrawerStructure = (props) => {
  //Structure for the navigatin Drawer
  const toggleDrawer = () => {
    //Props to open/close the drawer
    props.navigationProps.toggleDrawer();
  };

  return (
    <View style={{flexDirection: 'row'}}>
      <TouchableOpacity onPress={toggleDrawer}>
        {/*Donute Button Image */}
        <Image
          source={{
            uri:
              'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AboutReact/sampleresource/master/drawerWhite.png',
          }}
          style={{width: 25, height: 25, marginLeft: 5}}
        />
      </TouchableOpacity>
    </View>
  );
};

const firstScreenStack = ({navigation}) => {
  return (
    <Stack.Navigator initialRouteName="FirstPage">
      <Stack.Screen
        name="FirstPage"
        component={FirstPage}
        options={{
          title: 'First Page', //Set Header Title
          headerLeft: () => (
            <NavigationDrawerStructure
              navigationProps={navigation}
            />
          ),
          headerStyle: {
            backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
          },
          headerTintColor: '#fff', //Set Header text color
          headerTitleStyle: {
            fontWeight: 'bold', //Set Header text style
          },
        }}
      />
      <Stack.Screen
        name="ScreenInternal"
        component={ScreenInternal}
        options={{
          title: 'Internal Screen', //Set Header Title
          headerLeft: () => (
            <NavigationDrawerStructure
              navigationProps={navigation}
            />
          ),
          headerStyle: {
            backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
          },
          headerTintColor: '#fff', //Set Header text color
          headerTitleStyle: {
            fontWeight: 'bold', //Set Header text style
          },
        }}
      />
    </Stack.Navigator>
  );
};

const secondScreenStack = ({navigation}) => {
  return (
    <Stack.Navigator
      initialRouteName="SecondPage"
      screenOptions={{
        headerLeft: () => (
          <NavigationDrawerStructure
            navigationProps={navigation}
          />
        ),
        headerStyle: {
          backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
        },
        headerTintColor: '#fff', //Set Header text color
        headerTitleStyle: {
          fontWeight: 'bold', //Set Header text style
        },
      }}>
      <Stack.Screen
        name="SecondPage"
        component={SecondPage}
        options={{
          title: 'Second Page', //Set Header Title
        }}
      />
    </Stack.Navigator>
  );
};

const Home = () => {
  return (
    <Drawer.Navigator>
      <Drawer.Screen
        name="FirstPage"
        options={{
          drawerLabel: 'First page Option',
          activeTintColor: '#e91e63',
        }}
        component={firstScreenStack}
      />
      <Drawer.Screen
        name="SecondPage"
        options={{
          drawerLabel: 'Second page Option',
          activeTintColor: '#e91e63',
        }}
        component={secondScreenStack}
      />
    </Drawer.Navigator>
  );
};

const App = () => {
  return (
    <NavigationContainer>
      <Stack.Navigator>
        <Stack.Screen
          name="Home"
          component={Home}
          options={{headerShown: false}}
        />
        <Stack.Screen
          name="ScreenExternal"
          component={ScreenExternal}
          options={{
            title: 'External Screen', //Set Header Title
            headerStyle: {
              backgroundColor: '#f4511e', //Set Header color
            },
            headerTintColor: '#fff', //Set Header text color
            headerTitleStyle: {
              fontWeight: 'bold', //Set Header text style
            },
          }}
        />
      </Stack.Navigator>
    </NavigationContainer>
  );
};

export default App;

Open pages/FirstPage.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code.

FirstPage.js

// Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
// https://aboutreact.com/switch-screen-out-of-the-navigation-drawer-in-react-native/

import * as React from 'react';
import {
  SafeAreaView,
  StyleSheet,
  View,
  Text,
  Button
} from 'react-native';

const FirstPage = ({navigation}) => {
  return (
    <SafeAreaView style={{flex: 1}}>
      <View style={{flex: 1, padding: 16}}>
        <View style={styles.container}>
          <Text style={styles.textStyle}>
            Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
            {'\n'}
            This is the First Page
          </Text>
          <Text
            style={{
              marginTop: 30,
              fontSize: 16,
              textAlign: 'center'
            }}>
            Switch to an external screen without navigation drawer
          </Text>
          <Button
            title="Open Screen Out of Navigation Drawer"
            onPress={() => navigation.navigate('ScreenExternal')}
          />
          <Text
            style={{
              marginTop: 30,
              fontSize: 16,
              textAlign: 'center'
            }}>
            Switch to an internal screen with navigation drawer
          </Text>
          <Button
            title="Open Screen with Navigation Drawer"
            onPress={() => navigation.navigate('ScreenInternal')}
          />
        </View>
        <Text style={styles.footerHeading}>
          React Navigation Drawer with Sectioned Menu
        </Text>
        <Text style={styles.footerText}>www.aboutreact.com</Text>
      </View>
    </SafeAreaView>
  );
};

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    alignItems: 'center',
    justifyContent: 'center',
  },
  textStyle: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
  },
  footerHeading: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
  footerText: {
    fontSize: 16,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
});

export default FirstPage;

Open pages/SecondPage.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code.

SecondPage.js

// Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
// https://aboutreact.com/switch-screen-out-of-the-navigation-drawer-in-react-native/

import * as React from 'react';
import {
  SafeAreaView,
  StyleSheet,
  View,
  Text
} from 'react-native';

const SecondPage = () => {
  return (
    <SafeAreaView style={{flex: 1}}>
      <View style={{flex: 1, padding: 16}}>
        <View style={styles.container}>
          <Text style={styles.textStyle}>
            Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
            {'\n\n'}
            This is the Second Page
          </Text>
        </View>
        <Text style={styles.footerHeading}>
          React Navigation Drawer with Sectioned Menu
        </Text>
        <Text style={styles.footerText}>www.aboutreact.com</Text>
      </View>
    </SafeAreaView>
  );
};

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    alignItems: 'center',
    justifyContent: 'center',
  },
  textStyle: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
  },
  footerHeading: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
  footerText: {
    fontSize: 16,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
});

export default SecondPage;

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

ScreenExternal.js

// Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
// https://aboutreact.com/switch-screen-out-of-the-navigation-drawer-in-react-native/

import * as React from 'react';
import {
  SafeAreaView,
  StyleSheet,
  View,
  Text,
  Button
} from 'react-native';

const ScreenExternal = ({navigation}) => {
  return (
    <SafeAreaView style={{flex: 1}}>
      <View style={{flex: 1, padding: 16}}>
        <View style={styles.container}>
          <Text style={styles.textStyle}>
            Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
            {'\n\n'}
            This is External Screen
          </Text>
          <Button
            title="Screen Internal"
            onPress={() => navigation.navigate('ScreenInternal')}
          />
        </View>
        <Text style={styles.footerHeading}>
          React Navigation Drawer with Sectioned Menu
        </Text>
        <Text style={styles.footerText}>www.aboutreact.com</Text>
      </View>
    </SafeAreaView>
  );
};

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    alignItems: 'center',
    justifyContent: 'center',
  },
  textStyle: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
  },
  footerHeading: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
  footerText: {
    fontSize: 16,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
});

export default ScreenExternal;

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

ScreenInternal.js

// Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
// https://aboutreact.com/switch-screen-out-of-the-navigation-drawer-in-react-native/

import * as React from 'react';
import {
  SafeAreaView,
  StyleSheet,
  View,
  Text,
  Button
} from 'react-native';

const ScreenInternal = ({navigation}) => {
  return (
    <SafeAreaView style={{flex: 1}}>
      <View style={{flex: 1, padding: 16}}>
        <View style={styles.container}>
          <Text style={styles.textStyle}>
            Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer
            {'\n\n'}
            This is Internal Screen
          </Text>
          <Button
            title="Go Back"
            onPress={() => navigation.navigate('FirstPage')}
          />
        </View>
        <Text style={styles.footerHeading}>
          React Navigation Drawer with Sectioned Menu
        </Text>
        <Text style={styles.footerText}>www.aboutreact.com</Text>
      </View>
    </SafeAreaView>
  );
};

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    alignItems: 'center',
    justifyContent: 'center',
  },
  textStyle: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
  },
  footerHeading: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
  footerText: {
    fontSize: 16,
    textAlign: 'center',
    color: 'grey',
  },
});

export default ScreenInternal;

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 (macOS only)

react-native run-ios

Download Source Code

Output Screenshots

navigation_drawer_switch_out_of_navigation_drawer1   navigation_drawer_switch_out_of_navigation_drawer2   navigation_drawer_switch_out_of_navigation_drawer3   navigation_drawer_switch_out_of_navigation_drawer4

Output in Online Emulator

This is how you can Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer in React Native. If you have any doubts 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!

Hope you liked it. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Switch Screen out of the Navigation Drawer with Latest Navigation”

  1. Do you have or can you post an example of a basic navigation header with the drawer on the right?
    By basic I mean like when navigating to ScreenExternal with the back arrow on the left and with the drawer on the right so its always visible.

    Reply

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