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Config variables for React Native apps

Module to expose config variables to your javascript code in React Native, supporting both iOS and Android.

Bring some 12 factor love to your mobile apps!

Basic Usage

Create a new file .env in the root of your React Native app:


Then access variables defined there from your app:

import Config from "react-native-config";
Config.API_URL; // ''
Config.GOOGLE_MAPS_API_KEY; // 'abcdefgh'

Keep in mind this module doesn't obfuscate or encrypt secrets for packaging, so do not store sensitive keys in .env. It's basically impossible to prevent users from reverse engineering mobile app secrets, so design your app (and APIs) with that in mind.


Install the package:

$ yarn add react-native-config

Link the library:

$ react-native link react-native-config

if cocoapods are used in the project then pod has to be installed as well:

(cd ios; pod install)

Extra step for Android

You'll also need to manually apply a plugin to your app, from android/app/build.gradle:

// 2nd line, add a new apply:
apply from: project(':react-native-config').projectDir.getPath() + "/dotenv.gradle"

Advanced Android Setup

In android/app/build.gradle, if you use applicationIdSuffix or applicationId that is different from the package name indicated in AndroidManifest.xml in <manifest package="..."> tag, for example, to support different build variants: Add this in android/app/build.gradle

defaultConfig {
    resValue "string", "build_config_package", "YOUR_PACKAGE_NAME_IN_ANDROIDMANIFEST.XML"

Native Usage


Config variables set in .env are available to your Java classes via BuildConfig:

public HttpURLConnection getApiClient() {
    URL url = new URL(BuildConfig.API_URL);
    // ... 

You can also read them from your Gradle configuration:

defaultConfig {
    applicationId project.env.get("APP_ID")

And use them to configure libraries in AndroidManifest.xml and others:

  android:value="@string/GOOGLE_MAPS_API_KEY" />

All variables are strings, so you may need to cast them. For instance, in Gradle:

versionCode project.env.get("VERSION_CODE").toInteger()

Once again, remember variables stored in .env are published with your code, so DO NOT put anything sensitive there like your app signingConfigs.


Read variables declared in .env from your Obj-C classes like:

// import header 
#import "ReactNativeConfig.h"
// then read individual keys like: 
NSString *apiUrl = [ReactNativeConfig envFor:@"API_URL"];
// or just fetch the whole config 
NSDictionary *config = [ReactNativeConfig env];

Availability in Build settings and Info.plist

With one extra step environment values can be exposed to "Info.plist" and Build settings in the native project.

  1. click on the file tree and create new file of type XCConfig img img
  2. save it under ios folder as "Config.xcconfig" with the following content:
#include? "tmp.xcconfig"
  1. add the following to your ".gitignore":
# react-native-config codegen

  1. go to project settings
  2. apply config to your configurations img
  3. create new build phase for the scheme which will generate "tmp.xcconfig" before each build exposing values to Build Settings and Info.plist (this snippet has to be placed after "echo ... > tmp/envfile" if approach explained below is used)
"${SRCROOT}/../node_modules/react-native-config/ios/ReactNativeConfig/BuildXCConfig.rb" "${SRCROOT}/.." "${SRCROOT}/tmp.xcconfig"

Different environments

Save config for different environments in different files: .env.staging, .env.production, etc.

By default react-native-config will read from .env, but you can change it when building or releasing your app.

The simplest approach is to tell it what file to read with an environment variable, like:

$ ENVFILE=.env.staging react-native run-ios           # bash
$ SET ENVFILE=.env.staging && react-native run-ios    # windows
$ env:ENVFILE=".env.staging"; react-native run-ios    # powershell

This also works for run-android. Alternatively, there are platform-specific options below.


The same environment variable can be used to assemble releases with a different config:

$ cd android && ENVFILE=.env.staging ./gradlew assembleRelease

Alternatively, you can define a map in build.gradle associating builds with env files. Do it before the apply from call, and use build cases in lowercase, like:

project.ext.envConfigFiles = [
    debug: ".env.development",
    release: ".env.production",
    anothercustombuild: ".env",

apply from: project(':react-native-config').projectDir.getPath() + "/dotenv.gradle"


The basic idea in iOS is to have one scheme per environment file, so you can easily alternate between them.

Start by creating a new scheme:

  • In the Xcode menu, go to Product > Scheme > Edit Scheme
  • Click Duplicate Scheme on the bottom
  • Give it a proper name on the top left. For instance: "Myapp (staging)"

Then edit the newly created scheme to make it use a different env file. From the same "manage scheme" window:

  • Expand the "Build" settings on left
  • Click "Pre-actions", and under the plus sign select "New Run Script Action"
  • Where it says "Type a script or drag a script file", type:
    echo ".env.staging" > /tmp/envfile   # replace .env.staging for your file

This is still a bit experimental and dirty – let us know if you have a better idea on how to make iOS use different configurations opening a pull request or issue!


Problems with Proguard

When Proguard is enabled (which it is by default for Android release builds), it can rename the BuildConfig Java class in the minification process and prevent React Native Config from referencing it. To avoid this, add an exception to android/app/

-keep class com.mypackage.BuildConfig { *; }

mypackage should match the package value in your app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml file.



For mocking the Config.FOO_BAR usage, create a mock at __mocks__/react-native-config.js:

// __mocks__/react-native-config.js
export default {
  FOO_BAR: 'baz',


Created by Pedro Belo at Lugg.


npm i react-native-config

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