Example of YouTube Video Integration in React Native

Example of YouTube Video Integration in React Native

Here is an Example of YouTube Video Integration in React Native. To integrate the YouTube video in our example we will use a library called react-native-youtube. Which provides a YouTube component which is very easy to use.

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 Dependency

To use YouTube we need to install react-native-youtube package. To install this

Open the terminal and jump into your project

Run the following command

This command will copy all the dependencies into your node_module directory, You can find the directory in node_modulethe directory named react-native-youtube.

Linking of Library

To use react-native-youtube library we have to link some dependencies in Android and IOS project files. In order to link the library, you have to run following command

You can see the result like this

You can see the following changes in your android project. If you are unable to find the changes then please do those changes as they are must for this example.

Go to the YoutubeExample> android > app > build.gradle.
Scroll down and you can see the following dependency and if not please add this.

Open YoutubeExample> android > settings.gradle and you can see the following lines and if not please add this.


Open YoutubeExample> android > app > src > main > java > com > youtubeexample> MainApplication.java  and you can see the following lines in imports if not then please add

Scroll down and you can see the following line in getPackages after new MainReactPackage() if not then please add a comma(,) and add


Here we have done with our installation of the library. If you are still facing the trouble please comment below so that we can help you out from the problem.

Generate the API Key

To use Youtube in your Application we have to get Youtube API key from the Google Developer console. For that, open Developer console and log in from your Google account.

If you have already created any project you can use that or you can create a new one like this

After creating the project you can see all of your created project a drop down in the top left corner. Now select the project from the dropdown and goto to the credential section.

You can find the create credential option there.

Hit on the create credential button and it will create an API key to the user in your YouTube Application

Before we add this API key in our project you have to enable the API Library/ Feature which you want to use in your project. For that, you can search for the Youtube and you will find the Youtube related API Library. We will enable YouTube Data API. Click on YouTube Data API and you will found the enable button to enable the YouTube Data API.

Now after enabling the API key, we have to add this API key in our project’s App.js file. Just replace YOUR_API_KEY everywhere with your generated API key.

You can download the source code from Github


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 integrate Youtube video in your React Native Application. 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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2 thoughts on “Example of YouTube Video Integration in React Native”

  1. It is so good example, But It not working if not set fullscreen=true when I define in a screen on createStackNavigator.

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