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A local server configurable at runtime to develop, test, and prototype your React Native app. Using just mock responses, Barricade can build the whole app without getting blocked by the unavailability of APIs.

Barricade works by replacing the global XMLHttpRequest and fetch object with the MockedXMLHttpRequest. It blocks all outgoing network calls that are configured with Barricade and returns a registered local response without requiring any changes to the existing network code.

Why Barricade?

Most other local server implementations only support a single response per request, but Barricade supports multiple responses per request. This allows us to present the user with an interface to modify the selected mock response for a request at runtime.

Example App

How does Barricade help?

During development, Barricade is useful for easily exercising all edge cases of a feature while you are building it without needing to frequently adjust the live server state.

Barricade also helps you test edge cases better during unit and integration testing as it can easily let you toggle each predefined response to a request.


  • Mock API responses.
  • Change mocked API responses at runtime.
  • Disable/Enable mocking API responses at runtime.
  • Support both Android and iOS platforms.
  • Built-in TypeScript definitions.


$ npm install --save @mutualmobile/react-native-barricade
# --- or ---
$ yarn add @mutualmobile/react-native-barricade


1. Create and start Barricade

Create an instance of Barricade with the help of the createBarricade function. While calling this function, you can pass an array of RequestConfig(optional) to register the request configs. You can also register a request config later by making use of the registerRequest method on the barricade instance.

⚠️ Make sure to do this in index.js so that you can start Barricade before hitting any API.

import { createBarricade } from '@mutualmobile/react-native-barricade';

const requestConfig = []; // Optional: Array of RequestConfigs for all the APIs that needs to be mocked
const barricade = createBarricade(requestConfig);
barricade.start(); // Start the Barricade

AppRegistry.registerComponent('App', () => App);

2. Add BarricadeView

Add BarricadeView to the root component (App.tsx) of your app. This shows the list of mocked APIs and is used to change the selected response at runtime.

⚠️ Make sure you add BarricadeView at the end so that it overlays the entire app.

import { BarricadeView } from '@mutualmobile/react-native-barricade';

const App = () => {
  return (
      /* Rest of your app */
      <BarricadeView />


Property Description Type
theme Use this to select the preferred color scheme. It can be dark or light. This is optional and by default it's light. ThemeType / undefined

3. Create RequestConfigs

Create a RequestConfig for each API you want to mock. Then, add these to the list of request configs shown in Step 1 or register them individually by calling the registerRequest method as shown below.

import { getBarricadeInstance } from '@mutualmobile/react-native-barricade';

const apiRequestConfig = {}; // RequestConfig for a particular API that you wish to mock.

⚠️ Make sure to call the registerRequest method only after the Barricade instance is created.

In case you want to unregister a config programmatically, you can do this by calling the unregisterRequest method similar to the registerRequest method.

import { getBarricadeInstance } from '@mutualmobile/react-native-barricade';

const apiRequestConfig = {}; // RequestConfig object that was previously used for registering


Property Description Type
label String used by developer to identify the request in BarricadeView. string
method Request method type. It can be Delete, Get, Head, Options, Patch, Post or Put. Method
pathEvaluation Data used to identify the current API triggered from the list of RequestConfigs. PathEvaluation
responseHandler List of mocked responses the current API can return with. By default, the first response from the list is selected. ResponseHandler[]
delay The time (in milliseconds) Barricade needs to wait before responding with the mocked response. This is optional and by default it's 400. number / undefined
disabled Boolean used to enable/disable mocking of the current API. This is optional and by default it's undefined. boolean / undefined


Property Description Type
path Request URL endpoint. string
type Type of evaluation that needs to be done on path/request to identify the RequestConfig. It can be Callback, Include or Suffix. PathEvaluationType
callback Function used to identify if this requestConfig needs to be used for resolving the current API with the help of the Request argument. function


Enum Options Description Type
Callback Use this when you cannot identify the RequestConfig with just the help of path property. With this type, you need to pass a callback function in pathEvaluation. number
Includes Use this when the path passed in pathEvaluation can be anywhere within the Request URL. number
Suffix Use this when the path passed in pathEvaluation must be at the end of the Request URL. number


Property Description Type
label String used by developer to identify the response in BarricadeView. string
handler Function that returns the mocked response for the current API call. It can also tweak the response with the help of the Request argument. function
isSelected Used to identify the selected response from the ResponseHandler[]. This is optional and by default Barricade selects the first response on the list. boolean / undefined


In this example, we will setup Barricade to be able to respond to the flickr search API with one of two possible responses. It also shows how to mock an API that is requested using libraries like axios that depend on XMLHttpRequest

const SearchApiRequestConfig: RequestConfig = {
  label: 'Search',
  method: Method.Get,
  pathEvaluation: {
    path: '/services/rest?method=flickr.photos.search',
    type: PathEvaluationType.Includes,
  responseHandler: [
      label: 'Success',
      handler: successResponseHandler, // function that returns success data based on some computation
      label: 'Failure',
      handler: () => {
        return {
          status: HttpStatusCode.BAD_REQUEST,
          headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' },
          response: JSON.stringify(errorData), // JSON formatted error response.

Everytime we hit the above API, Barricade executes the successResponseHandler function and returns the response data. This function will be useful in cases like the one below, where we have to return the paginated response to the same API call.

const successResponseHandler = (request: Request) => {
  const { page } = request.params ?? {};
  const response = page === '1' ? searchPageOne : searchPageTwo; // JSON responses

  return {
    status: HttpStatusCode.OK,
    headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' },
    response: JSON.stringify(response),

Using fetch:

If you are using fetch to make an API request, then the response needs of type Blob.

const successResponseHandler = (request: Request) => {
  const { page } = request.params ?? {};
  const response = page === '1' ? searchPageOne : searchPageTwo; // JSON responses

  return {
    status: HttpStatusCode.OK,
    headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' },
    response: new Blob([JSON.stringify(response)], {
      type: 'application/json',

Build and run the example app

To run the example app,

1. Clone the react-native-barricade GitHub repository to your computer to get the example application.

2. Install all the dependencies

$ yarn

3. Go to example folder and install all the dependencies

$ cd example
$ yarn

4. Install the pods

$ cd ios && pod install && cd ..

5. Generate and Add your Flickr API key

Generate your Flickr API key from here. Then add your API key to flickrKey property in example/src/config/dev.ts and example/src/config/prod.ts files.

6. Run the app in android or iOS

$ yarn android
# --- or ---
$ yarn ios

Selection Interface

Barricade comes packaged with an in-app interface that allows you to select the network responses at runtime. For this to be visible, you need to add the BarricadeView mentioned in Step 2 under Usage.

Developer Menu List View Detail View

With this in place and the device shaken, you'll be able to see an option for Barricade in React Native's developer menu. On tapping the Barricade option, you’ll be redirected to a screen with the list of mocked APIs.

⚠️ The Developer Menu is disabled in release (production) builds.

Note: In BarricadeView, apart from changing the selected response for any of the listed APIs, we can also:

  • Disable/Enable Barricade. This will stop/start mocking all the registered API calls and lets you check the app with the actual/mocked API responses at runtime.
  • Disable/Enable API Mock. This will stop/start mocking the current API calls and lets you check the app with the actual/mocked API response at runtime.
  • Reset all the changes done to the list of selected responses.

Generate Build with Barricade

You can enable Barricade only in DEV mode. Due to this, the release builds that we usually create for testing and for uploading to store will not be able to access Barricade.

If you want to generate a build with Barricade enabled for testing purpose, you will need to create a debug build. Follow the below steps to generate a debug build.


For react-native version < 0.71

In your android/app/build.gradle configuration file, look for the project.ext.react map and add the bundleInDebug: true and devDisabledInDebug: false entries to the map:

project.ext.react = [
    bundleInDebug: true, // Will start bundling of .JS bundle and the assets in debug build
    devDisabledInDebug: false, // Makes sure that __DEV__ is true

In your android/app/build.gradle configuration file, inside the react configuration block add the below options:

react {
    debuggableVariants=[], // Will stop from skipping bundling of JS bundle and the assets in debug build.
    extraPackagerArgs=["--dev", "true"], // Makes sure that __DEV__ is true.

Now generate build using the below command.

cd android && ./gradlew assembleDebug


First set the build configuration to Debug. To do this, go to Product → Scheme → Edit Scheme (cmd + <), select the Archive tab from the side, and set the Build Configuration dropdown to Debug.

Next tap on Product → Archive to archive and then distribute the app.

Testing with jest

Testing code which uses this library requires some setup since we might need to mock XMLHttpRequest and fetch.

To add the mocks, create a file jestSetup.ts (or any other file name) containing the following code:

jest.mock("@mutualmobile/react-native-barricade", () => {
	return {
		fetch: jest.fn(),
		Headers: jest.fn(),
		Request: jest.fn(),
		Response: jest.fn(),
		XMLHttpRequest: jest.fn()

After that, we need to add the setup file in the jest config. You can add it under setupFiles option in your jest config file:

  "setupFiles": ["<rootDir>/jestSetup.ts"]


Barricade was created by Prajna Boloor at Mutual Mobile.

A special shout-out to the React Nativeteam at Mutual Mobile for their feedback.


Distributed under the MIT License. See LICENSE.txt for more information.

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