Simple navigation for React.

Usage no npm install needed!

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React stack nav

Simple universal navigation for React Native and React

  • Universal Works in iOS, Android, and Web
  • Familiar API Has the same API as the web's History API
  • Back/forward button support Automatic support for Android back button and back/forward buttons on web
  • Deep linking support Automatic support for deep linking
  • Server-side rendering Simple as pre-loading redux state with the requested url
  • Composable and declarative Uses React's component tree to compose and handle routes
  • Use any navigation paradigm Abstract enough to let you build the navigation with any UI components you want
  • Easy to understand You can read the source! Only ~300 lines of code


iOS Android Web
Drawer example
iOS drawer Example Android drawer example web drawer example
Bottom nav with stacks example
iOS bottom nav Example Android Bottom nav example web bottom nav example

The examples repo is over here.

You can also check out a real-world example in the Carbon UI Docs source.

What it looks like

A navigation component (drawer, tabs, anything):

import React from 'react'
import { Button, View } from 'react-native'
import { connect } from 'react-redux'
import { pushState } from 'react-stack-nav'

const Navigation = ({ pushState }) =>
    <Button onPress={() => pushState(0, 0, '')}>Go to home</Button>
    <Button onPress={() => pushState(0, 0, '/myRoute')}>Go to My Route</Button>

const mapDispatchToProps = { pushState }

export default connect(null, mapDispatchToProps)(Navigation)

A component receives and handles the first fragment of the url:

import React from 'react'
import { Text, View } from 'react-native'
import { createOrchestrator } from 'react-stack-nav'

const Index = ({ routeFragment }) =>
    {routeFragment === '' && <Text>Home</Text>}
    {routeFragment === 'myRoute' && <Text>My route</Text>}

export default createOrchestrator()(Index)


npm -S i react-stack-nav

Then match your redux setup to this:

import { createStore, applyMiddleware, compose, combineReducers } from 'redux'
import thunk from 'redux-thunk'
import { navigation, attachHistoryModifiers } from 'react-stack-nav'
import { BackAndroid, Linking } from 'react-native'

import app from './modules/duck'

const rootReducer = combineReducers({ navigation })

export default (initialState = {}) =>
      attachHistoryModifiers({ BackAndroid, Linking }),

If you want deep linking to work, make sure you set it up per instructions here.


  • Treat the redux store as a single-source-of-truth for routing
  • Use URLs and the History API, even in React Native
  • Treat the URL as a stack, and "pop" off fragments of the URL to orchestrate transitions between URLs
  • Leave you in control, favor patterns over frameworks


At the core of react-stack-nav is the navigation reducer, whose state looks like this:

  index: 0, // The index of the current history object
  history: [{ statObj, title, url }], // An ordered list of history objects from pushState

If you want to navigate to a new url/page, use the pushState action creator in one of your components (it's the same as history.pushState!):

import { pushState } from 'react-stack-nav'

class MyComponent {
  _handleClick = () => this.props.pushState({ yo: 'dawg' }, 'New Route', '/newRoute')

That'll push a new object onto state.navigation.history, so your new navigation reducer state might look like this:

  index: 1,
  history: [
    { stateObj: {}, title: '', url: '' },
    { stateObj: {}, title: 'New Route', '/newRoute' }

Now say you clicked back in the browser (or hit the android back button), your state would automatically update to:

  index: 0,
  history: [/* same as above */]

With index: 0 to say, hey, we're on the first history entry.

If you want to use the history object, to ya know, render stuff, you can do so directly:

const MyComponent = ({ url, title }) =>
    {url === '/users' && <UsersPage />}
    {url === '/pictures' && <PicturesPage />}

const mapStateToProps = ({ navigation }) => ({
  url: navigation.history[navigation.index].url,
  title: navigation.history[navigation.index].url,


You could handle all your routing like that, but...wait a minute...if you turn a url sideways, it kinda looks like a stack yeah?



react-stack-nav runs with this idea and introduces the idea of an orchestrator. Orchestrators pops off an element in the stack and declaratively handles transitions when it changes:

 users     -------> Popped off and handled by first orchestrator in component tree
   1       -------> Popped off and handled by second orchestrator in component tree
profile    -------> Popped off and handled by third orchestrator in component tree

The first orchestrator found in the component tree would handle changes to the top of the stack:

import { createOrchestrator } from 'react-stack-nav'

const Index = ({ routeFragment }) => {
    {routeFragment === 'users' && <UsersIndex />}
    {routeFragment === 'pictures' && <PicturesIndex />}

export default createOrchestrator()(Index)

The next orchestrators found in the tree would handle the next layer of the url stack, so UsersIndex might look like this:

class UsersIndex extends Component {
  async componentWillReceiveProps(next) {
    const { routeFragment } = this.props
    if (routeFragment !== next.routeFragment) return

    this.setState({ user: await fetchUserData(routeFragment) })

  render() {
     {/* Use this.state.user info */}

export default createOrchestrator('users')(UsersIndex)

createOrchestrator() accepts a string or a regular expression for that particular layer of that stack. If it doesn't match the current layer of the url, props.routeFragment will be undefined.

You could create orchestrators ad inifitum all the way down the component tree to handle as much of the URL stack as you want:

const UserIndex = ({ routeFragment }) => {
    {routeFragment === 'profile' && <ProfileIndex />}
    {routeFragment === 'settings' && <SettingsIndex />}

export default createOrchestrator(/\d+/)(UserIndex)
const ProfileIndex = ({ routeFragment }) => {
    {/* Would handle /users/${userId}/profile/posts */}
    {routeFragment === 'posts' && <UserPosts />}
    {/* Would handle /users/${userId}/profile/pictures */}
    {routeFragment === 'pictures' && <UserPictures />}

export default createOrchestrator('profile')(ProfileIndex)


  • attachHistoryModifiers - Store enhancer for redux, handles android back-button presses, browser back/forward buttons, and deep linking
  • createOrchestrator(fragment: string | regexp) -- Higher-order-component that creates an orchestrator
  • navigation -- navigation reducer for setting up your store

Action creators

These are the same as the History API :

  • pushState(stateObj: object, title: string, url: string): Pushes a new state onto the history array
  • replaceState(stateObj: object, title: string, url: string): Replaces the current state on the history array
  • back(reduxOnly: bool): Moves the navigation.index back one. If reduxOnly is true, it won't change the browser history state (this is mostly for internal use)
  • forward(reduxOnly: bool): Moves the navigation.index forward one, reduxOnly is the same as for back()
  • go(numberOfEntries: int): Moves the navigation.index forward/backward by the passed number (go(1) is the same as forward(), for example).
  • replaceTop(stateObj: object, title: string, toUrl: string): Like replaceState, but appends the toUrl to the current url instead of replacing it outright. Primarily used for index redirects.
  • pushTop(stateObj: object, title: string, toUrl: string): Like pushState, but appends the toUrl to the current url instead of replacing it outright. Primarily used for card stacks.


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