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    Display HTML content in an automatically sized webview and eases javascript injection inside it. Pull requests are very welcome!

    The motivation behind this is to stop parsing HTML to render it as native components. It might work on simple HTML when you have the freedom of tweaking it, but on much more complex HTML... it's just not possible yet. Don't even get me started on platform's specific rendering issues (don't you ever render an image inside a text component on Android !).

    We gave up, so here's react-native-display-html.

    Table of contents

    1. Usage
    2. Props
    3. Tips and tricks
    4. TODO
    5. Credits


    $ npm install --save react-native-display-html

    You also need to link react-native-webview-bridge as native dependency. Check the README here (you don't have to add the package manually, it will be installed by react-native-display-html in your node_modules folder).

    We will continue relying on it until the Webview component backed into react-native's core is stable enough for our needs.


    render () {
        return (
                htmlString={'<p>Hello there !</p><img src="" />'}
                HTMLStyles={'body { background-color:lightblue }'}


    In addition to these props, you can provide any prop from the Webview component except for injectedJavaScript, source and onMessage which are handled in a specific way.

    Prop Description Type Default
    htmlString HTML to display (doctype & <body> not needed) string Required
    onMessage Function called when webview sent data from window.WebViewBridge.send func
    additionalScripts Array of functions to be injected in webview array
    title Title of the page for easier debugging string react-native-display-html-${}
    style Style of the webview component Webview style object {flex: 1}
    containerStyle Style the container wrapping the webview View style object {}
    HTMLStyles CSS style to be injected string
    defaultHeight Webview's height before it's updated number 100
    additionalHeight Add some height to the webview once it's calculated number 0
    bodyClass Add some height to the webview once it's calculated string ''

    Tips and tricks

    Injecting javascript

    Instead of sending plain strings as in React Native's core Webview component, you can now directly send functions. Just make an array of all the functions you need to inject, and react-native-display-html will handle the heavy-lifting by itself by stringify-ing your functions and adding closures, ez pz.

    Using an array might allow you to inject javascript only on some devices that could need it with ease.

    Note : you need to write them in ES5, as they won't be transpiled !

    Sending data from webview to react-native

    You can send data by using window.WebViewBridge.send from the webview's javascript. You should use it in your injected code. For a demo of how it's working, check out the heightScript method of this component. The best way to send objects is to stringify them and parse them back in your onMessage prop.

    For instance, this is a great way to implement specific actions on links. We had to rewrite an old hybrid application with react-native and keep the HTML of every article which contained a lot of data-action. Some opening maps, articles, webviews...

    We could easily add these functionalities back thanks to this component.


    This is a bit tricky and doesn't work for now on Android < 4.4. You need the allowUniversalAccessFromFileURLs and allowFileAccess props to be set to true on your DisplayHTML component. Then, in your HTMLStyles prop, you can declare a font with url("/pathtoyourfont.ttf") for iOS and url("file:///android_asset/pathtoyourfont.ttf") on Android.

    Note : Be sure to have your fonts inside your XCode and Android projects.


    You can debug your webview just as you would inspect a regular web page on iOS. Just open Safari and go to Development/Your Device/Title of your component. This way, you can check your console logs you injected, or work on your HTML/CSS.


    This plugin ships with typescript definitions. Feel free to improve these declarations and open a pull request if you're a ts lover.



    Written by Maxime Bertonnier at Archriss.


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