When building a cross-platform app, you'll want to re-use as much code as possible. Scenarios may arise where it makes sense for the code to be different, for example you may want to implement separate visual components for iOS and Android.
React Native provides two ways to easily organize your code and separate it by platform:
Certain components may have properties that work on one platform only. All of these props are annotated with
@platform and have a small badge next to them on the website.
React Native provides a module that detects the platform in which the app is running. You can use the detection logic to implement platform-specific code. Use this option when only small parts of a component are platform-specific.
Platform.OS will be
ios when running on iOS and
android when running on Android.
There is also a
Platform.select method available, that given an object containing Platform.OS as keys, returns the value for the platform you are currently running on.
This will result in a container having
flex: 1 on both platforms, a red background color on iOS, and a blue background color on Android.
Since it accepts
any value, you can also use it to return platform specific component, like below:
On Android, the
Platform module can also be used to detect the version of the Android Platform in which the app is running:
When your platform-specific code is more complex, you should consider splitting the code out into separate files. React Native will detect when a file has a
.android. extension and load the relevant platform file when required from other components.
For example, say you have the following files in your project:
You can then require the component as follows:
React Native will automatically pick up the right file based on the running platform.
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