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    React Native Contacts

    Work in progress successor to react-native-addressbook. This is essentially a pre-alpha release. Expect breaking changes!

    Rx support with react-native-contacts-rx


    • Preliminary iOS and Android support
    • API subject to revision, changelog in release notes
    Feature iOS Android
    updateContact 😞
    deleteContact 😞
    get with options 😞 😞
    groups 😞 😞


    getAll (callback) - returns all contacts as an array of objects
    addContact (contact, callback) - adds a contact to the AddressBook.
    updateContact (contact, callback) - where contact is an object with a valid recordID
    deleteContact (contact, callback) - where contact is an object with a valid recordID
    checkPermission (callback) - checks permission to access Contacts
    requestPermission (callback) - request permission to access Contacts


    getAll is a database intensive process, and can take a long time to complete depending on the size of the contacts list. Because of this, it is recommended you access the getAll method before it is needed, and cache the results for future use.

    Also there is a lot of room for performance enhancements in both iOS and android. PR's welcome!

    var Contacts = require('react-native-contacts')
    Contacts.getAll((err, contacts) => {
      if(err && err.type === 'permissionDenied'){
        // x.x
      } else {

    Example Contact Record

      recordID: 1,
      familyName: "Jung",
      givenName: "Carl",
      middleName: "",
      emailAddresses: [{
        label: "work",
        email: "",
      phoneNumbers: [{
        label: "mobile",
        number: "(555) 555-5555",
      thumbnailPath: "",


    • on Android the entire display name is passed in the givenName field. middleName and familyName will be "".

    Adding Contacts

    Currently all fields from the contact record except for thumbnailPath are supported for writing

    var newPerson = {
      familyName: "Nietzsche",
      givenName: "Friedrich",
      emailAddresses: [{
        label: "work",
        email: "",
    Contacts.addContact(newPerson, (err) => { /*...*/ })

    Updating and Deleting Contacts

    //contrived example
    Contacts.getAll( (err, contacts) => {
      //update the first record
      let someRecord = contacts[0]
        label: "junk",
        email: "",
      Contacts.updateContact(someRecord, (err) => { /*...*/ })
      //delete the second record
      Contacts.deleteContact(contacts[1], (err) => { /*...*/ })

    Update and delete reference contacts by their recordID (as returned by the OS in getContacts). Apple does not guarantee the recordID will not change, e.g. it may be reassigned during a phone migration. Consequently you should always grab a fresh contact list with getContacts before performing update and delete operations.

    You can also delete a record using only it's recordID like follows: Contacts.deleteContact({recordID: 1}, (err) => {})}

    Displaying Thumbnails (iOS only)

    The thumbnailPath is the direct URI for the temp location of the contact's cropped thumbnail image.

      source={{uri: contact.thumbnailPath}}

    Getting started

    run npm install react-native-contacts


    1. In XCode, in the project navigator, right click LibrariesAdd Files to [your project's name]
    2. add ./node_modules/react-native-contacts/ios/RCTContacts.xcodeproj
    3. In the XCode project navigator, select your project, select the Build Phases tab and in the Link Binary With Libraries section add libRCTContacts.a


    • In android/settings.gradle
    include ':react-native-contacts'
    project(':react-native-contacts').projectDir = new File(settingsDir, '../node_modules/react-native-contacts/android')
    • In android/app/build.gradle
    dependencies {
        compile project(':react-native-contacts')
    • register module (in android/app/src/main/java/[your-app-namespace]/
        import com.rt2zz.reactnativecontacts.ReactNativeContacts;  // <--- import module! 
        public class MainActivity extends ReactActivity {
            * A list of packages used by the app. If the app uses additional views
            * or modules besides the default ones, add more packages here.
            protected List<ReactPackage> getPackages() {
              return Arrays.<ReactPackage>asList(
                new MainReactPackage(),
                new ReactNativeContacts()  // <--- and add package 

    If you are using an older version of MainActivity (i.e. public class MainActivity extends Activity) please see the old instructions

    • add Contacts permission (in android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml) (only add the permissions you need)
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_CONTACTS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PROFILE" />

    Permissions Methods (optional)

    checkPermission (callback) - checks permission to access Contacts.
    requestPermission (callback) - request permission to access Contacts.

    Usage as follows:

    Contacts.checkPermission( (err, permission) => {
      if(permission === 'undefined'){
        Contacts.requestPermission( (err, permission) => {
          // ...
      if(permission === 'authorized'){
        // yay!
      if(permission === 'denied'){
        // x.x

    These methods do not re-request permission if permission has already been granted or denied. This is a limitation in iOS, the best you can do is prompt the user with instructions for how to enable contacts from the phone settings page Settings > [app name] > contacts.

    On android permission request is done upon install so this function will only show if the permission has been granted.


    • android feature parity
    • migrate iOS from AddressBook to Contacts
    • implement get with options
    • groups support


    npm i fly-react-native-contacts

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