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A <Video> component for react-native, as seen in react-native-login!

Requires react-native >= 0.40.0, for RN support of 0.19.0 - 0.39.0 please use a pre 1.0 version.

Add it to your project

Run npm i -S react-native-video


Run react-native link to link the react-native-video library.

If you would like to allow other apps to play music over your video component, add:


#import <AVFoundation/AVFoundation.h>  // import 
- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
  [[AVAudioSession sharedInstance] setCategory:AVAudioSessionCategoryAmbient error:nil];  // allow 

Note: you can also use the ignoreSilentSwitch prop, shown below.


Run react-native link to link the react-native-video library.

react-native link don’t works properly with the tvOS target so we need to add the library manually.

First select your project in Xcode.

After that, select the tvOS target of your application and select « General » tab

Scroll to « Linked Frameworks and Libraries » and tap on the + button

Select RCTVideo-tvOS

That’s all, you can use react-native-video for your tvOS application


Run react-native link to link the react-native-video library.

Or if you have trouble, make the following additions to the given files manually:


include ':react-native-video'
project(':react-native-video').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, '../node_modules/react-native-video/android')


dependencies {
   compile project(':react-native-video')

On top, where imports are:

import com.brentvatne.react.ReactVideoPackage;

Add the ReactVideoPackage class to your list of exported packages.

protected List<ReactPackage> getPackages() {
    return Arrays.asList(
            new MainReactPackage(),
            new ReactVideoPackage()


Make the following additions to the given files manually:


Add the ReactNativeVideo project to your solution.

  1. Open the solution in Visual Studio 2015
  2. Right-click Solution icon in Solution Explorer > Add > Existing Project...

UWP: Select node_modules\react-native-video\windows\ReactNativeVideo\ReactNativeVideo.csproj WPF: Select node_modules\react-native-video\windows\ReactNativeVideo.Net46\ReactNativeVideo.Net46.csproj


Add a reference to ReactNativeVideo to your main application project. From Visual Studio 2015:

  1. Right-click main application project > Add > Reference...

UWP: Check ReactNativeVideo from Solution Projects. WPF: Check ReactNativeVideo.Net46 from Solution Projects.


Add the ReactVideoPackage class to your list of exported packages.

using ReactNative;
using ReactNative.Modules.Core;
using ReactNative.Shell;
using ReactNativeVideo; // <-- Add this
using System.Collections.Generic;
        public override List<IReactPackage> Packages
                return new List<IReactPackage>
                    new MainReactPackage(),
                    new ReactVideoPackage(), // <-- Add this


// Within your render function, assuming you have a file called 
// "background.mp4" in your project. You can include multiple videos 
// on a single screen if you like. 
<Video source={{uri: "background"}}   // Can be a URL or a local file. 
       ref={(ref) => {
         this.player = ref
       }}                                      // Store reference 
       rate={1.0}                              // 0 is paused, 1 is normal. 
       volume={1.0}                            // 0 is muted, 1 is normal. 
       muted={false}                           // Mutes the audio entirely. 
       paused={false}                          // Pauses playback entirely. 
       resizeMode="cover"                      // Fill the whole screen at aspect ratio.* 
       repeat={true}                           // Repeat forever. 
       playInBackground={false}                // Audio continues to play when app entering background. 
       playWhenInactive={false}                // [iOS] Video continues to play when control or notification center are shown. 
       ignoreSilentSwitch={"ignore"}           // [iOS] ignore | obey - When 'ignore', audio will still play with the iOS hard silent switch set to silent. When 'obey', audio will toggle with the switch. When not specified, will inherit audio settings as usual. 
       progressUpdateInterval={250.0}          // [iOS] Interval to fire onProgress (default to ~250ms) 
       onLoadStart={this.loadStart}            // Callback when video starts to load 
       onLoad={this.setDuration}               // Callback when video loads 
       onProgress={this.setTime}               // Callback every ~250ms with currentTime 
       onEnd={this.onEnd}                      // Callback when playback finishes 
       onError={this.videoError}               // Callback when video cannot be loaded 
       onBuffer={this.onBuffer}                // Callback when remote video is buffering 
       onTimedMetadata={this.onTimedMetadata}  // Callback when the stream receive some metadata 
       style={styles.backgroundVideo} />
// Later to trigger fullscreen 
// To set video position in seconds (seek)
// Later on in your styles.. 
var styles = StyleSheet.create({
  backgroundVideo: {
    position: 'absolute',
    top: 0,
    left: 0,
    bottom: 0,
    right: 0,
    • For iOS you also need to specify muted for this to work

Android Expansion File Usage

// Within your render function, assuming you have a file called 
// "background.mp4" in your expansion file. Just add your main and (if applicable) patch version 
<Video source={{uri: "background", mainVer: 1, patchVer: 0}} // Looks for .mp4 file (background.mp4) in the given expansion version. 
       rate={1.0}                   // 0 is paused, 1 is normal. 
       volume={1.0}                 // 0 is muted, 1 is normal. 
       muted={false}                // Mutes the audio entirely. 
       paused={false}               // Pauses playback entirely. 
       resizeMode="cover"           // Fill the whole screen at aspect ratio. 
       repeat={true}                // Repeat forever. 
       onLoadStart={this.loadStart} // Callback when video starts to load 
       onLoad={this.setDuration}    // Callback when video loads 
       onProgress={this.setTime}    // Callback every ~250ms with currentTime 
       onEnd={this.onEnd}           // Callback when playback finishes 
       onError={this.videoError}    // Callback when video cannot be loaded 
       style={styles.backgroundVideo} />
// Later on in your styles.. 
var styles = Stylesheet.create({
  backgroundVideo: {
    position: 'absolute',
    top: 0,
    left: 0,
    bottom: 0,
    right: 0,

Load files with the RN Asset System

The asset system introduced in RN 0.14 allows loading image resources shared across iOS and Android without touching native code. As of RN 0.31 the same is true of mp4 video assets for Android. As of RN 0.33 iOS is also supported. Requires react-native-video@0.9.0.


Play in background on iOS

To enable audio to play in background on iOS the audio session needs to be set to AVAudioSessionCategoryPlayback. See Apple documentation for additional details. (NOTE: there is now a ticket to expose this as a prop )

Static Methods


Seeks the video to the specified time (in seconds). Access using a ref to the component


Toggles a fullscreen player. Access using a ref to the component.


  • See an Example integration in react-native-login note that this example uses an older version of this library, before we used export default -- if you use require you will need to do require('react-native-video').default as per instructions above.

  • Try the included VideoPlayer example yourself:

    git clone
    cd react-native-video/example
    npm install
    open ios/VideoPlayer.xcodeproj

    Then Cmd+R to start the React Packager, build and run the project in the simulator.

  • Lumpen Radio contains another example integration using local files and full screen background video.


  • Add support for captions
  • Add support for playing multiple videos in a sequence (will interfere with current repeat implementation)
  • Callback to get buffering progress for remote videos
  • Bring API closer to HTML5 <Video> reference

MIT Licensed