iOS Home screen Quick Actions & Android App Shortcuts for react-native

Usage no npm install needed!

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iOS Home screen Quick Actions & Android App Shortcuts for react-native


npm install react-native-actions-shortcuts



If you are using cocoapods - you may need to run pod install (from ios directory).

On iOS, Quick Actions are handled by the application:performActionForShortcutItem:completionHandler method of your app's UIApplicationDelegate (i.e. AppDelegate.m), so, you will therefore need to add the following code in your project's AppDelegate.m) file.

- (void)application:(UIApplication *)application performActionForShortcutItem:(UIApplicationShortcutItem *)shortcutItem completionHandler:(void (^)(BOOL))completionHandler {
    [RNShortcuts performActionForShortcutItem:shortcutItem completionHandler:completionHandler];


Android doesn't require any additional setup.


Example project

See the Example project for a working demo.



// ...
import { NativeEventEmitter } from "react-native";
import Shortcuts from "react-native-actions-shortcuts";

// if using typescript, can also use the 'ShortcutItem' type
import Shortcuts, { ShortcutItem } from "react-native-actions-shortcuts";

// ...

Initial shortcut / action

Get the initial shortcut that the app was launched with. On iOS this will be returned just once, subsequent calls will return null.

const shortcutItem = await Shortcuts.getInitialShortcut();

Listen for shortcut / action invocations

Listen to shortcut / action invocations while app is running.

On iOS the listener is also called for the initial invocation, unless it was already received via Shortcuts.getInitialShortcut().

const ShortcutsEmitter = new NativeEventEmitter(Shortcuts);

// 1. define the listener
function handleShortcut(item) {
    const {type, data} = item;
    // your handling logic

// 2. add the listener in a `useEffect` hook or `componentDidMount`
ShortcutsEmitter.addListener("onShortcutItemPressed", handleShortcut);

// 3. remove the listener in a `useEffect` hook or `componentWillUnmount`
ShortcutsEmitter.removeListener("onShortcutItemPressed", handleShortcut);

Set shortcuts

To set shortcuts (will replace existing dynamic actions / shortcuts)

const shortcutItem = {
    type: "my.awesome.action",
    title: "Do awesome things",
    shortTitle: "Do it",
    subtitle: "iOS only",
    iconName: "ic_awesome",
    data: {
        "foo": "bar",


// you can also `await` to get the current dynamic shortcuts / actions
const shortcutItems = await Shortcuts.setShortcuts([shortcutItem]);

Clear shortcuts

Clears all dynamic shortcuts.


Get shortcuts

Get the current shortcuts. Some information may be lost, such as iconName, data, etc.

const shortcutItems = await Shortcuts.getShortcuts();


To display icons with your shortcuts / actions you will need to add them to your project. Once added use the name of your iOS asset or Android drawable as the value for iconName above.

iOS - Asset catalog

Add new assets to your Asset catalog by importing either png (scalar) or pdf (vector) files.

Refer Custom Icons : Home Screen Quick Action Icon Size to learn about the dimensions and design specifications.

Android - drawable

Add drawable resources to you Android project. In Android studio, choose:

  • for vector icons (SVG / PDF): File > New > Vector Asset

  • for scalar icons (PNG): File > New > Image Asset

Refer App Shortcuts: Icon design guidelines to learn about the dimensions and design specifications.


See the contributing guide to learn how to contribute to the repository and the development workflow.




Icons made by Gregor Cresnar from