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Expo Music Picker

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A music picker library for React Native. Provides access to the system's UI for selecting songs from the phone's music library.

Supported platforms

Web Expo Go

This library requires Expo SDK 45 or newer


npx expo install expo-music-picker

Once the library is installed, create a new Development Build.

If you're installing this in a bare React Native app, you will need to have the expo package installed and configured.

Configuration in app.json / app.config.js

Add expo-music-picker to the plugins array of your app.json or app.config.js and then create a new Development Build to apply the changes.

  "expo": {
    "plugins": [
      { "musicLibraryPermission": "The app accesses your music to play it" }

The config plugin has the following options:

Name Type Explanation Required Default Value
musicLibraryPermission string 🍏 iOS only A string to set the NSAppleMusicUsageDescription permission message. "Allow $(PRODUCT_NAME) to access your music library"

Configuration for iOS 🍏

This is only required for usage in bare React Native apps.

Add NSAppleMusicUsageDescription key to your Info.plist:

<string>Give $(PRODUCT_NAME) permission to access your music library</string>

Run npx pod-install after installing the npm package.

Configuration for Android 🤖

This is only required for usage in bare React Native apps.

This package automatically adds the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission. It is used when picking music from the phone's library.

<!-- Added permissions -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />


import { useState } from "react";
import { Image, Text, View, Button } from "react-native";

import * as MusicPicker from "expo-music-picker";

export default function App() {
  const [item, setItem] = useState<MusicPicker.MusicItem | null>();

  const pickMediaAsync = async () => {
    try {
      // Request permissions
      const permissionResult = await MusicPicker.requestPermissionsAsync();
      if (!permissionResult.granted) {
        console.warn("No permission");

      // Open the music picker
      const result = await MusicPicker.openMusicLibraryAsync({
        allowMultipleSelection: true,
        includeArtworkImage: true,

      // Process the result
      if (!result.cancelled) {
        const [firstItem] = result.items;
        setItem(firstItem ?? null);
    } catch (e) {
      console.warn("Exception occurred when picking music:", e);

  const artworkData = item?.artworkImage?.base64Data;

  return (
    <View style={{ flex: 1, alignItems: "center", justifyContent: "center" }}>
      <Button title="Open music library" onPress={pickMediaAsync} />
        {item ? `Song: ${item.artist} - ${item.title}` : "No song selected"}
      {artworkData && (
          source={{ uri: `data:image/jpeg;base64,${artworkData}` }}
          style={{ width: 200, height: 200 }}


import * as MusicPicker from `expo-music-picker`;

requestPermissionsAsync(): Promise<PermissionResponse>

Asks the user to grant permissions for accessing user's music library.

  • 🍏 On iOS this is required to open the picker.
  • 🤖 On Android this is not required, but recommended to get the most accurate results. Only basic metadata will be retrieved without that permission.
  • 🌐 On Web this does nothing - the permission is always granted.

Returns: A promise that fulfills with Expo standard permission response object.

getPermissionsAsync(): Promise<PermissionResponse>

Checks user's permissions for accessing music library.

On Web, this does nothing - the permission is always granted.

Returns: A promise that fulfills with Expo standard permission response object.

openMusicLibraryAsync(options?: MusicPickerOptions): Promise<PickerResult>

Display the system UI for choosing a song / audio file from the phone's library.

On Web: The system UI can only be shown after user activation (e.g. a button press), otherwise the browser will block the request without a warning.


Returns: An object of type PickerResult.


Options for the picker:

Name Type Explanation Required Default Value
allowMultipleSelection boolean Whether or not to allow selecting multiple media files at once. false
includeArtworkImage boolean Whether to also include the artwork image dimensions and its data in Base64 format. false
showCloudItems boolean 🍏 iOS only When set to true, the picker shows available iCloud Music Library items, including purchased items, imported content, and Apple Music subscription content. When set to false, the picker only shows content downloaded to the device. true
userPrompt string | undefined 🍏 iOS only A prompt, for the user, that appears above the navigation bar buttons on the picker screen. undefined


A picking result resolved by openMusicLibraryAsync.

type PickerResult =
  | { cancelled: true }
  | { cancelled: false; items: MusicItem[] };

When the cancelled property is false, the picked music items are available under the items property.


Represents a single picked music item.

Name Type Description
id number Unique asset ID. On Android, this value can be used to access the asset with expo-media-library. If the ID cannot be obtained, the value is -1.
uri string URI of the asset. It can be used to play selected media with expo-av.
title string? The title or name of the music item.
artist string? The performing artist the music item.
album string? The title of an album.
durationSeconds number The duration of the music item in seconds. Returns -1 if unavailable.
track number? The track number of the media item, for a media item that is part of an album.
year number? 🤖 🌐 Android & Web only. Year of the song.
fileName string? 🤖 Android only. The filename of the media. Example: toto_africa.mp3
artworkImage ArtworkImage? When options.includeArtworkImage is true and the music item has attached artwork image, it can be accessed by this property. See ArtworkImage type below.


Name Type Description
width number Original width of the artwork image.
height number Original height of the artwork image.
base64Data string Base64-encoded image data. Does NOT include the data:...;base64, prefix.


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