Implement bluetooth classic (serial) on Android (Bluetooth Adapter) and IOS (External Accessory)

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import reactNativeBluetoothClassic from '';



React Native Bluetooth Classic is meand to bridge the gap found with regards to IOS Bluetooth Classic using the External Accessory framework.

Based off the react-native-bluetooth-serial port, and updated to replace CoreBluetooth (BLE) on IOS with External Accessory.


Since there seem to be some breaking changes introduced within React Native 0.60 and I'm not entirely sure how or if these changes will affect this projec; or that reason I feel it's important to start running with a number of release branches (for the time being) just in case things go down. In the following table, the React Native version is the lowest version (from package.json).

Version React Native Android IOS Notable Changes
0.9.x 0.41.0 - 0.59.9 >= 4.1 (16) >= IOS 9 - Accept connection mode
0.10.x >= 0.60.0 >= 4.1 (16) >= IOS 9 - Accept connection mode
1.60.x >= 0.60.0 >= 8 (26) >= IOS 9

If this breaks in a newer version of React Native, Android or IOS please open an issue. Not sure what the resulting versions will (or should be) since 1.0.x (0.60.0), 2.0.x (0.64.0) for example seems weird. Although maybe 1.60.0 and 1.64.0 is pretty apparent to which version needs to be used?

Getting started

Install from NPM

$ npm install react-native-bluetooth-classic --save

React Native 0.60.0 autolinking.

Manual installation

Manual installation should really only need to be used for contribution, or if there are issues with autolinking that I'm not aware of. Follow the old steps for manually linking.

IOS Manual

  1. In XCode, in the project navigator, right click LibrariesAdd Files to [your project's name]
  2. Go to node_modulesreact-native-bluetooth-classic and add RNBluetoothClassic.xcodeproj
  3. In XCode, in the project navigator, select your project. Add libRNBluetoothClassic.a to your project's Build PhasesLink Binary With Libraries
  4. Run your project (Cmd+R)<

IOS Pods

The development pod can be added updating the Podfile with the appropriate line:

pod 'react-native-bluetooth-classic', :path => '<PATH TO RNBluetoothClassic>'

MFi Protocol Strings

REMINDER Remember to make sure you have your protocol strings provided within your application plist file - this is a requirement of the External Accessory framework. This is the top cause of Unhandled JS Exception: TypeError: Cannot read property 'xxx' of undefined while attempting to use the library.

An example of what this looks like is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">


As of React Native 0.60.0 autolinking should take over. This library has been updated to provide default autolinking configuration, along with the ability to easily override when you require your own implementations.

Disable Autolinking

If you want to skip autolinking please follow the documentation provided:

  1. Disable auto linking in react-native.config.js
  2. Open up android/app/src/main/java/[...]/
  • Add import kjd.reactnative.bluetooth.RNBluetoothClassicPackage; to the imports at the top of the file
  • Add new RNBluetoothClassicPackage() to the list returned by the getPackages() method
  1. Append the following lines to android/settings.gradle:
    include ':react-native-bluetooth-classic'
    project(':react-native-bluetooth-classic').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, 	'../node_modules/react-native-bluetooth-classic/android')
  2. Insert the following lines inside the dependencies block in android/app/build.gradle:
      implementation project(':react-native-bluetooth-classic')


Windows isn't added yet - it looks like with the latest react-native init there is no Windows by default. I'm assuming this is due to the React Native windows project (future Ken's problem).

Read it! :D

  1. In Visual Studio add the RNBluetoothClassic.sln in node_modules/react-native-bluetooth-classic/windows/RNBluetoothClassic.sln folder to their solution, reference from their app.
  2. Open up your MainPage.cs app
  • Add using Bluetooth.Classic.RNBluetoothClassic; to the usings at the top of the file
  • Add new RNBluetoothClassicPackage() to the List<IReactPackage> returned by the Packages method


Feel free to contribute any changes or bug fixes you see fit. Although when doing so please try to take into account that:

  • Changes should be customizable where possible (especially when possibly breaking to others)
  • Changes should be documented


When first building the Android project there were issues with react-native-create-library and the version of Android/Gradle installed on my machine. This needed to be resolved by ensuring that the project was inline with the version of Android Studio and the Android plugin for gradle. In my case, the project was configured with 1.3.1 and 2.2, which caused problems, in order to resolve Android plugin for gradle versions

  1. Updated to modify the line: distributionUrl=https\://

  2. Updated build.gradle to ensure the buildscript section matched the following:

  • Added google() to buildscript
  • added jcenter() to repositories
buildscript {
    repositories {

    dependencies {
        classpath ''

repositories {

IOS (xcode)

Much like Android, the IOS project was being edited through the BluetoothClassicExample project by opening files through the RNBluetoothClassic library folder. Since React Native is a peer dependency (and annoying to download and install locally with the changes to NPM5) I just continued to do the development this way, it worked out since it allowed me to test the changes on the fly.

Again - if someone can point me on how to resolve these issues easily, I'd love to get it sorted.


The MIT License (MIT) - see full license file


The development app BluetoothClassicExample has been moved out of this repository into react-native-bluetooth-classic-apps to allow for a little less head ache while attempting to replicate and debug issues with the different versions. This will also allow me to maintain a repository of example applications or showcase applications for those that wish.


Feel free to submit a pull request to the react-native-bluetooth-classic-apps project if you've got a sample (or production) which you believe might help others.


Import the module using the following (forgive the pluralization, it just happened and it's come to far now):

import RNBluetoothClassic, { BluetoothEventType } from 'react-native-bluetooth-classic';

In all cases the following API/Events are available within Javascript for both Android and IOS (no code splitting) if there are any native calls that are not available on the native side, the promise will be rejected with an appropriate message (kind of like UnssupportedOperationException since I'm used to Java) - I found this important as I see no point in duplicating code as the whole purpose of React Native was for me not to.

for more information see the documentation.


The following devices are used for testing:

Universal Worldscan Reader

The Universal Worldscan Reader provides both Android and IOS (Mfi) reading and writing functionality.

Eyoyo Barcode Scanner

The Eyoyo Barcode Scanner is only available for testing on Android as it's not MFi compliant. It has both a classic and BLE mode.