Custom Header In React Native & Expo Apps

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Custom header in react native and expo

Project setup, Package Requirements, and Code

  • Start your expo project
  • When you build a full-fledged application, it has multiple screens. So, we use react-navigation to navigate to the different screens. I am also going to use react-navigation in this project. You are free to use the stack, bottom, drawer, or top tab navigation in your project.
  • Install the following package:
npm install @react-navigation/native
npx expo install react-native-screens react-native-safe-area-context
  • For the stack navigation:
npm install @react-navigation/stack
npx expo install react-native-gesture-handler
  • To finalize the installation of react-native-gesture-handler, add the following at the top of App.js:
import 'react-native-gesture-handler';
  • Optional installation
npx expo install @react-native-masked-view/masked-view
  • Make a screens folder inside the root directory. Inside this directory, make two JavaScript files for the Profile and Home screen.
  • Customize the Profile and Home Screen then import them to the App.js
  • Next, make a header component in a separate JavaScript file, ‘Header.js’.
import { View, Text } from 'react-native'
import React from 'react'

const Header = (props) => {
return (
<View style={{flexDirection:'row', margin:15 }}>
<Text style={{fontWeight:'bold', fontSize:30, color:'white'}}>


export default Header
  • In the Header.js file, I am using the name of the header as props. The header name for the Home screen will be ‘Home’ and the header name for the Profile screen will be ‘Profile.’
  • Now, in the App.js:
headerTitle: () => <Header name="Home" />,
headerStyle: {
backgroundColor: '#4c00b0',
height: 120,
headerTitle: () => <Header name="Profile" />,
headerStyle: {
backgroundColor: '#4c00b0',
height: 120,

  • You can see that I passed both of the screens to the stack screen and inside the headerTitle, I used the props name for Home and Profile Screens.
  • That’s it. Now, you can test the application in the Expo Go Mobile Application.
  • If you are confused or lost, I would recommend watching a step-by-step video tutorial. Few minutes of setup and code, you will be ready to test the application.

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