React Native brings React's declarative UI framework to iOS and Android. With React Native, you use native UI controls and have full access to the native platform.

The Nx Plugin for React Native contains generators for managing React Native applications and libraries within an Nx workspace. It provides:

  • Integration with libraries such as Jest, Detox, and Storybook.
  • Scaffolding for creating buildable libraries that can be published to npm.
  • Utilities for automatic workspace refactoring.

Setting Up React Native

Create a New Workspace

To create a new workspace with React Native, run the following command:

npx create-nx-workspace@latest --preset=react-native --appName=your-app-name

Don't know what you need?

You can also run the command without arguments to go through the interactive prompts.

npx create-nx-workspace your-workspace-name


Keep Nx Package Versions In Sync

Make sure to install the @nx/react-native version that matches the version of nx in your repository. If the version numbers get out of sync, you can encounter some difficult to debug errors. You can fix Nx version mismatches with this recipe.

In any Nx workspace, you can install @nx/react-native by running the following command:

nx add @nx/react-native

This will install the correct version of @nx/react-native.

How @nx/react-native Infers Tasks

The @nx/react-native plugin will create a task for any project that has an app configuration file present. Any of the following files will be recognized as an app configuration file:

  • app.config.js
  • app.json

View Inferred Tasks

To view inferred tasks for a project, open the project details view in Nx Console or run nx show project my-project --web in the command line.

@nx/react-native Configuration

The @nx/react-native/plugin is configured in the plugins array in nx.json.

1{ 2 "plugins": [ 3 { 4 "plugin": "@nx/react-native/plugin", 5 "options": { 6 "startTargetName": "start", 7 "podInstallTargetName": "pod-install", 8 "bundleTargetName": "bundle", 9 "runIosTargetName": "run-ios", 10 "runAndroidTargetName": "run-android", 11 "buildIosTargetName": "build-ios", 12 "buildAndroidTargetName": "build-android" 13 } 14 } 15 ] 16} 17
Nx 15 and lower use @nrwl/ instead of @nx/

Once a React Native configuration file has been identified, the targets are created with the name you specify under startTargetName, podInstallTargetName, bundleTargetName, runIosTargetName, runAndroidTargetname, buildIosTargetName or buildAndroidTargetName in the nx.json plugins array. The default names for the inferred targets are start, pod-install, bundle, run-ios, run-anroid, build-ios and build-android.

Package reference

Here is a list of all the executors and generators available from this package.



  • run-android

    Runs Android application.

  • run-ios

    Runs iOS application.

  • bundle

    Builds the JavaScript bundle for offline use.

  • build-android

    Release Build for Android.

  • build-ios

    Build iOS app

  • start

    Starts the Javascript server that communicates with connected devices.

  • sync-deps

    Syncs dependencies to package.json (required for autolinking).

  • ensure-symlink

    Ensure workspace node_modules is symlink under app's node_modules folder.

  • storybook

    Serve React Native Storybook.

  • pod-install

    Run pod install in the ios directory.

  • upgrade

    upgrade executor


  • initInternal

    Initialize the @nx/react-native plugin.

  • application

    Create a React Native application.

  • library

    Create a React Native library.

  • component

    Create a React Native component.

  • storybook-configuration

    Set up Storybook for a React Native application or library.

  • component-story

    Generate Storybook story for a React Native component.

  • stories

    Create stories for all components declared in an application or library.

  • upgrade-native

    Destructive command to upgrade native iOS and Android code to latest.

  • web-configuration

    Set up web configuration for a React Native app