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Send and Receive events between React Native and native.


This project is currently in beta.

Core APIs are subject to change. We encourage people to try this library out and provide us feedback as we get it to a stable state.

Getting started

$ npm install react-native-event-bridge --save

Mostly automatic installation

$ react-native link react-native-event-bridge

Manual installation


  1. In Xcode, in the project navigator, right click LibrariesAdd Files to [your project's name]
  2. Go to node_modulesreact-native-event-bridge and add MSREventBridge.xcodeproj
  3. In Xcode, in the project navigator, select your project. Add libMSREventBridge.a to your project's Build PhasesLink Binary With Libraries
  4. Run your project (Cmd+R)<


  1. Open up android/app/src/main/java/[...]/
  • Add import net.mischneider.MSREventBridgePackage; to the imports at the top of the file
  • Add new MSREventBridgePackage() to the list returned by the getPackages() method
  1. Append the following lines to android/settings.gradle:
    include ':react-native-event-bridge'
    project(':react-native-event-bridge').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, 	'../node_modules/react-native-event-bridge/android')
  2. Insert the following lines inside the dependencies block in android/app/build.gradle:
      compile project(':react-native-event-bridge')


For different usage examples look into the example and example-swift folder.

Emit events from React Native


import EventBridge from 'react-native-event-bridge';
// Emit an event from within a React component
EventBridge.emitEvent(this, 'PresentScreen');
// Emit an event with callback from within a React component
EventBridge.emitEventCallback(this, 'EventWithCallback', () => {
  Alert.alert("Callback Response", "Some Callback Response");

Handle events from native


// Receiver needs to conform to the MSREventBridgeEventReceiver protocol 
@interface ViewController () <MSREventBridgeEventReceiver>
// ... 
// Implement the following two methods by receiver that conforms to MSREventBridgeEventReceiver 
// Handle events 
- (void)onEventWithName:(NSString *)eventName info:(nullable NSDictionary *)info
  // Handle events dispatched from React Native 
  RCTLog(@"%@ - Received event: '%@', with info: %@", self.UUID.UUIDString, eventName, info);
  // Example for PresentScreen event 
  if ([eventName isEqualToString:PresentScreenEvent] ) {
    ViewController *newViewController = [ViewController new];
    [self presentViewController:newViewController animated:YES completion:nil];
  // ... 
// Handle events with callback 
- (void)onEventWithName:(NSString *)eventName info:(nullable NSDictionary *)info callback:(MSREventBridgeReventReceiverCallback)callback;
  // ... 


public void onEvent(final String name, final ReadableMap info) {
    Log.d(ReactConstants.TAG, this.getClass().getName() + ": Received event: ".concat(name));
    // Example to just present a new activity 
    if (name.equals(PresentScreenEventName)) {
        Intent myIntent = new Intent(getBaseContext()SecondActivity.class);
    // ... 

Subscribe to events in React Native


// Import EventBridge from the react-native-event-bridge native module
import EventBridge from 'react-native-event-bridge';
// Event listener need to define a rootTag contextType
static contextTypes = {
  rootTag: React.PropTypes.number,
// Add and remove as event listener
componentDidMount() {
  // Register for any kind of event that will be sent from the native side
  this._eventSubscription = EventBridge.addEventListener(this, (name, info) => {
    console.log("Received event from native: '" + name + "' with info: " + JSON.stringify(info));
componentWillUnmount() {
  this._eventSubscription && this._eventSubscription.remove();

Sending events from native


// Get the RCTBridge 
RCTBridge *bridge = ...;
// Send an event with name 'eventName' to listeners for this event within the React Native component hierarchy 
// of that is managed by this view 
[bridge.viewControllerEventEmitter emitEventForView:self.view name:@"eventName" info:@{
  @"rowSelected" : info[@"rowID"]


// Get the MSREventBridgeInstanceManagerProvider somehow 
MSREventBridgeInstanceManagerProvider instanceManagerProvider =
// Emit event via MSREventBridgeModule 
String rowID = ...;
WritableMap map = new WritableNativeMap();
map.putString("rowSelected", rowID);
MSREventBridgeModule.emitEventForActivity(this, instanceManagerProvider, "eventName", map);

Example fetching data


// Fetch some data
  isLoading: true
// Load some data and update the data source
EventBridge.emitEventInfoCallback(this, 'LoadData', {'count' : 10}, (error, result) => {
    isLoading: false,
    dataSource: this.state.dataSource.cloneWithRows(result),


- (void)onEventWithName:(NSString *)eventName info:(nullable NSDictionary *)info callback:(MSREventBridgeReventReceiverCallback)callback
  RCTLog(@"%@ - Received event that expects callback: '%@', with info: %@", self.UUID.UUIDString, eventName, info);
  // Example for LoadData event 
  if ([eventName isEqualToString:LoadDataEvent]{
    // Get the count parameter from the LoadDataEvent 
    NSNumber *count = info[LoadDataEventCountParameterKey];
    // Simulate some data fetching 
    dispatch_after(dispatch_time(DISPATCH_TIME_NOW, (int64_t)(1.0 * NSEC_PER_SEC)), dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
      NSMutableArray *responseData = [NSMutableArray array];
      for (int i = 0; i < count.integerValue; i++) {
        [responseData addObject:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"row %i", i]];
      // Call callback with some error as first parameter if so and second with response data 
      if (callback) {
        callback(nil, responseData);
  // ... 


public void onEventCallback(final String name, final ReadableMap info, final MSREventBridgeReceiverCallback callback) {
    Log.d(ReactConstants.TAG, this.getClass().getName() + ": Received event with callback: ".concat(name));
    final String activityClassName = this.getClass().getSimpleName();
    // Example how to load some async data 
    if (name.equals(LoadDataEventName)) {
        final int count = info.getInt("count");
        // Simulate some data loading delay 
        final Handler handler = new Handler();
        handler.postDelayed(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                WritableArray array = new WritableNativeArray();
                for (int i = 0; i < count; i++) {
                    array.pushString("Row " + i + " - " + activityClassName);
        }, 2000);

Development / Example

  1. In one terminal session, run $ cd example && npm run-script sync-rneb. This will make changes that you make to the module available to the example app, in a way that will trigger the Example app’s ‘packager’ to reload those files.
  2. In another terminal session, run $ cd example && react-native run-ios. This will start the ‘packager’ for the example app, which serves the processed JS source to the Example app.


  • API refinements
  • Improve general documentation
  • Improve documentation around "enhanced" features


Copyright 2017 Michael Schneider

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