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    React Native module for playing sound clips on iOS, Android, and Windows.

    Be warned, this software is alpha quality and may have bugs. Test on your own and use at your own risk!

    Feature matrix

    React-native-sound does not support streaming. See #353 for more info. Of course, we would welcome a PR if someone wants to take this on.

    In iOS, the library uses AVAudioPlayer, not AVPlayer.

    Feature iOS Android Windows
    Load sound from the app bundle
    Load sound from other directories
    Load sound from the network
    Play sound
    Playback completion callback
    Release resource
    Get duration
    Get number of channels
    Get/set volume
    Get system volume
    Set system volume
    Get/set pan
    Get/set loops
    Get/set current time
    Set speed


    First install the npm package from your app directory:

    npm install react-native-sound --save

    Then link it automatically using:

    react-native link react-native-sound

    If you encounter this error

    undefined is not an object (evaluating 'RNSound.IsAndroid')

    you may additionally need to fully clear your build caches for Android. You can do this using

    cd android
    ./gradlew cleanBuildCache

    After clearing your build cache, you should execute a new react-native build.

    If you still experience issues, know that this is the most common build issue. See #592 and the several issues linked from it for possible resolution. A pull request with improved documentation on this would be welcome!

    Manual Installation Notes

    Please see the Wiki for these details

    Help with React-Native-Sound

    • For react-native-sound developers
    • For help using react-native-sound

    Demo project


    Basic usage

    First you'll need to add audio files to your project.

    • Android: Save your sound clip files under the directory android/app/src/main/res/raw. Note that files in this directory must be lowercase and underscored (e.g. my_file_name.mp3) and that subdirectories are not supported by Android.
    • iOS: Open Xcode and add your sound files to the project (Right-click the project and select Add Files to [PROJECTNAME])
    // Import the react-native-sound module
    var Sound = require('react-native-sound');
    // Enable playback in silence mode
    // Load the sound file 'whoosh.mp3' from the app bundle
    // See notes below about preloading sounds within initialization code below.
    var whoosh = new Sound('whoosh.mp3', Sound.MAIN_BUNDLE, (error) => {
      if (error) {
        console.log('failed to load the sound', error);
      // loaded successfully
      console.log('duration in seconds: ' + whoosh.getDuration() + 'number of channels: ' + whoosh.getNumberOfChannels());
      // Play the sound with an onEnd callback => {
        if (success) {
          console.log('successfully finished playing');
        } else {
          console.log('playback failed due to audio decoding errors');
    // Reduce the volume by half
    // Position the sound to the full right in a stereo field
    // Loop indefinitely until stop() is called
    // Get properties of the player instance
    console.log('volume: ' + whoosh.getVolume());
    console.log('pan: ' + whoosh.getPan());
    console.log('loops: ' + whoosh.getNumberOfLoops());
    // Seek to a specific point in seconds
    // Get the current playback point in seconds
    whoosh.getCurrentTime((seconds) => console.log('at ' + seconds));
    // Pause the sound
    // Stop the sound and rewind to the beginning
    whoosh.stop(() => {
      // Note: If you want to play a sound after stopping and rewinding it,
      // it is important to call play() in a callback.;
    // Release the audio player resource


    • To minimize playback delay, you may want to preload a sound file without calling play() (e.g. var s = new Sound(...);) during app initialization. This also helps avoid a race condition where play() may be called before loading of the sound is complete, which results in no sound but no error because loading is still being processed.
    • You can play multiple sound files at the same time. Under the hood, this module uses AVAudioSessionCategoryAmbient to mix sounds on iOS.
    • You may reuse a Sound instance for multiple playbacks.
    • On iOS, the module wraps AVAudioPlayer that supports aac, aiff, mp3, wav etc. The full list of supported formats can be found at
    • On Android, the module wraps The full list of supported formats can be found at
    • On Android, the absolute path can start with '/sdcard/'. So, if you want to access a sound called "my_sound.mp3" on Downloads folder, the absolute path will be: '/sdcard/Downloads/my_sound.mp3'.
    • You may chain non-getter calls, for example, sound.setVolume(.5).setPan(.5).play().

    Audio on React Native


    Pull requests welcome with bug fixes, documentation improvements, and enhancements.

    When making big changes, please open an issue first to discuss.


    This project is licensed under the MIT License.


    npm i react-native-sound

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