A set of GUI controls for the react-native-video component

Usage no npm install needed!

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Controls for the React Native <Video> component at react-native-video. For support with RN 0.45 or lower use version 1.3.1 or lower.


This package contains a simple set of GUI controls that work with the react-native-video <Video> component. This includes a back button, volume bar, fullscreen toggle, play/pause toggle, seekbar, title, error handling and timer toggle that can switch between time remaining and current time when tapped.

How it looks

By default the <VideoPlayer> accepts a navigator property from React's built-in <Navigator> which pops the current scene off the stack when tapped. Alternatively you can provide your own onBack prop to the component to override this functionality. You should also provide your own onEnd prop to the component so it knows what to do when a video ends playback.

By default, tapping the screen anywhere will show the player controls. After 10s the controls disappear. Double tapping will toggle fullscreen.


Run npm install --save react-native-video react-native-video-controls

Then run react-native link react-native-video

If you're using RN < 39 run npm install --save react-native-video-controls@1.0.1. Note this version includes react-native-video as a normal dependency instead of a peer-dependency.


The <VideoPlayer> component follows the API of the <Video> component at react-native-video. It also takes a number of additional props which are outlined in the API section.

For basic operation the <VideoPlayer> component requires a video source and a navigator property. The default back button functionality in the component relies on using the built-in <Navigator> functionality in React Native and pops the current scene off the stack. This can be overridden if desired, see the API for more details.

// At the top where our imports are...
import VideoPlayer from 'react-native-video-controls';

// in the component's render() function
    source={{ uri: 'https://vjs.zencdn.net/v/oceans.mp4' }}
    navigator={ this.props.navigator }

To play a local file, use require syntax like so:

<VideoPlayer source={ require('path/to/file') } />


The <VideoPlayer> component can take a number of inputs to customize it as needed. They are outlined below:


You can pass any of the props that the <Video /> component at react-native-video takes. Simply add them onto the <VideoPlayer /> and it will pass them through to the <Video /> component.

In addition, the <VideoPlayer /> also takes these props:

Prop Type Default Description
toggleResizeModeOnFullscreen Boolean true If true, clicking the fullscreen button will toggle the <Video /> component between cover/contain, set to false if you want to customize fullscreen behaviour
controlTimeout Integer 15000 Hide controls after X amount of time in milliseconds
showOnStart Boolean true Show or hide the controls on first render
videoStyle StyleSheet null React Native StyleSheet object that is appended to the <Video> component
navigator Navigator null When using the default React Native navigator and do not override the onBack function, you'll need to pass the navigator to the VideoPlayer for it to function
seekColor String(#HEX) '#FFF' Fill/handle colour of the seekbar
style StyleSheet null React Native StyleSheet object that is appended to the video's parent <View>


These are various events that you can hook into and fire functions on in the component:

Callback Description
onEnterFullscreen Fired when the video enters fullscreen after the fullscreen button is pressed
onExitFullscreen Fired when the video exits fullscreen after the fullscreen button is pressed
onError Fired when an error is encountered when loading the video
onPause Fired when the video is paused after the play/pause button is pressed
onPlay Fired when the video begins playing after the play/pause button is pressed
onBack Function fired when back button is pressed, override if using custom navigation
onEnd Fired when the video is complete


These are the various controls that you can turn on/off as needed. All of these props default to false, override them to disable any controls

Control Description
disableFullscreen Hide the fullscreen button
disablePlayPause Hide the play/pause toggle
disableSeekbar Hide the seekbar
disableVolume Hide the Volume control
disableTimer Hide the timer
disableBack Hide the back button