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This package will help you render buttons in the navigation bar and handle the styling, so you don't have to. It mimics the appearance of native navbar buttons and offers a simple but also flexible interface for you to interact with.

✅ DRY library api

✅ Works great with icons from @expo/vector-icons / react-native-vector-icons or any other icon library

✅ Supports both JS and native stack

✅ Beautiful overflow menus for items that don't fit into the navbar

Recipes and examples included

✅ Written in TS

Demo App

Contains many examples in the example folder. I highly recommend you check it out to get a better idea of the api.

Quick Example

more screenshots nativeOverflowMenu

The corresponding code:

import * as React from 'react';
import MaterialIcons from '@expo/vector-icons/MaterialIcons';
import {
} from 'react-navigation-header-buttons';
import { Text } from 'react-native';

const MaterialHeaderButton = (props: HeaderButtonProps) => (
  // the `props` here come from <Item ... />
  // you may access them and pass something else to `HeaderButton` if you like
  <HeaderButton IconComponent={MaterialIcons} iconSize={23} {...props} />

const EditItem = ({ onPress }: Pick<ItemProps, 'onPress'>) => {
  return <Item title="edit" onPress={onPress} />;

const ReusableHiddenItem = ({ onPress }: Pick<HiddenItemProps, 'onPress'>) => (
  <HiddenItem title="hidden2" onPress={onPress} disabled />

export function UsageWithIcons({ navigation }) {
  React.useLayoutEffect(() => {
      title: 'Demo',
      // in your app, extract the arrow function into a separate component
      // to avoid creating a new one every time
      headerRight: () => (
        <HeaderButtons HeaderButtonComponent={MaterialHeaderButton}>
          <EditItem onPress={() => alert('Edit')} />
            onPress={() => alert('search')}
            OverflowIcon={({ color }) => (
              <MaterialIcons name="more-horiz" size={23} color={color} />
            <HiddenItem title="hidden1" onPress={() => alert('hidden1')} />
            <Divider />
            <ReusableHiddenItem onPress={() => alert('hidden2')} />
  }, [navigation]);

  return <Text>demo!</Text>;


Version >= 11 requires React Native 0.71 / Expo 48 or newer. Use version 10 if you're on older version of RN / Expo.

  1. yarn add react-navigation-header-buttons

  2. Wrap your root component in HeaderButtonsProvider and pass the stackType prop ('native' | 'js'), as seen in example's App.tsx.

IMPORTANT HeaderButtonsProvider must be placed as a descendant of NavigationContainer, otherwise this library will not receive the correct theme from React Navigation.



Is a wrapper over all the visible header buttons (those can be text-buttons, icon-button, or any custom react elements).

You should provide the HeaderButtonComponent prop that encapsulates how all buttons rendered in children will look. Typically, you'll want to provide a component that wraps HeaderButton as seen in the example. However, you're free to use your own component (see HeaderButton.tsx for reference).

In particular, it allows setting IconComponent, size and color once so that you don't need to repeat it for each icon-button - but you can override those for each Item if you like.

HeaderButtons accepts:

prop and type description note
HeaderButtonComponent?: ComponentType<HeaderButtonProps> component that renders the buttons, HeaderButton by default Typically, you'll want to provide a component that wraps HeaderButton provided by this package, as seen in the quick example.
children: ReactNode whatever you want to render inside Typically, Item or your component that renders Item, but it can be any React element.
left?: boolean whether the HeaderButtons are on the left from header title false by default, it only influences styling in a subtle way
preset?: 'tabHeader' | 'stackHeader' headers are typically rendered in Stack Navigator, however, you can also render them in a Tab Navigator header. Pass 'tabHeader' if button margins are missing. 'stackHeader' by default


Renders text, or icon inside a PlatformPressable. Take a look at the example to see how to use it.

Item accepts:

prop and type description
title: string title for the button, required
onPress: ?() => any function to call on press
iconName?: string icon name, used together with the IconComponent prop
style?: ViewStyle style to apply to the touchable element that wraps the button
buttonStyle?: ViewStyle style to apply to the text / icon
other props whatever else you want to pass to the underlying PlatformPressable (eg. disabled)

Item also accepts other props that you'll typically not need to pass because HeaderButtonComponent already knows them (eg. iconSize) or because they are pulled from the React Navigation's theme object (color).

additional props and type description note
IconComponent?: ComponentType component to use for the icons, for example from react-native-vector-icons
iconSize?: number iconSize
color?: string color of icons and buttons
renderButton?: (params: VisibleButtonProps) => ReactNode renders the body of the button (text or icon), defaults to defaultRenderVisibleButton


Defines the behavior for overflow button (if there is one). Please note you can render OverflowMenu only by itself too, you do not need to wrap it in HeaderButtons. The most important prop is onPress which defines what kind of overflow menu we should show.

The package exports common handlers you can use, but you can provide your own too (via the onPress prop):

exported handler description
overflowMenuPressHandlerActionSheet This is iOS-only: it displays overflow items in an ActionSheetIOS
overflowMenuPressHandlerPopupMenu This is Android-only: it displays overflow items using UIManager.showPopupMenu
overflowMenuPressHandlerDropdownMenu Can be used in iOS, Android and Web. Displays overflow items in a material popup adapted from react-native-paper, credit for an amazing job goes to them. This Menu is bundled in this library (no dependency on react-native-paper).
defaultOnOverflowMenuPress The default. Uses overflowMenuPressHandlerActionSheet on iOS, and overflowMenuPressHandlerDropdownMenu otherwise.

You can also use the react-native-menu to show the overflow menu, as seen in the example app.

OverflowMenu accepts:

prop and type description note
OverflowIcon: ReactElement | ComponentType React element or component for the overflow icon if you provide a component, it will receive color prop as seen in example above
style?: ViewStyle optional styles for overflow button there are some default styles set, as seen in OverflowButton.tsx
onPress?: (OnOverflowMenuPressParams) => any function that is called when overflow menu is pressed. This will override the default handler. Note the default handler offers (limited) customization. See more in "Recipes".
testID?: string testID to locate the overflow button in e2e tests the default is available under import { OVERFLOW_BUTTON_TEST_ID } from 'react-navigation-header-buttons/e2e'
accessibilityLabel?: string 'More options' by default
left?: boolean whether the OverflowMenu is on the left from header title false by default, it just influences styling. No need to pass this if you already passed it to HeaderButtons.
children: ReactNode the overflow items typically HiddenItems, please read the note below
preset?: 'tabHeader' | 'stackHeader' see props of headerbuttons
other props props passed to the nested PlatformPressable pass eg. pressColor to control ripple color on Android
Important note

Children passed to OverflowMenu should be

  • either HiddenItems
  • or plain function components (no class components) without hooks that return HiddenItem, as seen in the example above.

Anything else will be ignored and will not appear in the overflow menus shown by overflowMenuPressHandlerActionSheet and overflowMenuPressHandlerPopupMenu. Only overflowMenuPressHandlerDropdownMenu supports rendering custom elements, such as <Divider /> (which is exported) or your custom ones.

This limitation may look weird, but it should not really bother you in any way: if you need to have state in your items, lift the state up. The limitation exists because we need to be able to transform declarative React elements into imperative calls (ActionSheetIOS.showActionSheetWithOptions / UIManager.showPopupMenu). If this is a problem for you for some reason, please raise an issue, and we'll see what can be done about it.

If OverflowMenu contains no valid child elements, nothing will be rendered at all. (No OverflowIcon, no wrapper.)


Please see UsageWithOverflowComplex.tsx for valid examples!

These will NOT work with overflowMenuPressHandlerActionSheet and overflowMenuPressHandlerPopupMenu:

  1. WRONG! no hooks are allowed!
function MyComponent({ title }) {
  const [titleFromState, setTitle] = React.useState('from state hook');
  return (
    <HiddenItem title={titleFromState + title} onPress={() => alert('fail')} />

  OverflowIcon={<Ionicons name="ios-more" size={23} color="blue" />}
  <MyComponent />
  1. WRONG! you can nest HiddenItem only once, not twice
const HiddenItemWrapped = () => <HiddenItem title="hidden2" onPress={() => alert('hidden2')} />;
const HiddenItemWrappedTwice = ()=> <HiddenItemWrapped />

<OverflowMenu OverflowIcon={<Ionicons name="ios-more" size={23} color="blue" />}>
  <HiddenItemWrappedTwice />


HiddenItem accepts:

prop and type description note
title: string title for the button, required
style?: ViewStyle style to apply to the touchable element that wraps the text
titleStyle?: TextStyle style to apply to the text
onPress: ?() => any function to call on press
testID?: string testID to locate view in e2e tests
disabled?: boolean disabled 'item' is greyed out and onPress is not called on touch
destructive?: boolean flag specifying whether this item is destructive only applies to items shown with overflowMenuPressHandlerActionSheet


You need to wrap your root component with <HeaderButtonsProvider />. stackType is a required prop, which indicates whether you're using a native or JS stack.

Optional spaceAboveMenu prop can be used to set the distance between the top of the screen and the top of the overflow menu.


HeaderButton is where all the onPress, title and Icon-related props (color, size) meet to render actual button.

You can fully customize what it renders inside of the PlatformPressable using the renderButton?: (params: VisibleButtonProps) => ReactNode prop.


Closing the overflow menu from overflowMenuPressHandlerDropdownMenu manually

overflowMenuPressHandlerDropdownMenu supports rendering custom items in the menu. In your item's onPress handler, you can call closeMenu to close the menu manually.

const { closeMenu } = useOverflowMenu();

Customizing the overflow menu

The default handler for overflow menu on iOS is overflowMenuPressHandlerActionSheet.

One of the usual things you may want to do is override the cancel button label on iOS - see example.

You can also use the react-native-menu to show the overflow menu, as seen in the example app.

Using custom text transforms

Use the buttonStyle prop to set textTransform styles for button titles.

How to integrate in your project

This sections covers how you should use the library in your project. Please note that there are numerous example screens.

1 . Define one file where the styling of header buttons is taken care of.

// MyHeaderButtons.js

import * as React from 'react';
import MaterialIcons from 'react-native-vector-icons/MaterialIcons';
import { HeaderButtons, HeaderButton } from 'react-navigation-header-buttons';

// define IconComponent, color, sizes and OverflowIcon in one place
const MaterialHeaderButton = (props) => (

export const MaterialHeaderButtons = (props) => {
  return (
    <HeaderButtons HeaderButtonComponent={MaterialHeaderButton} {...props} />

2 . Import header buttons from the file defined previously.

// SomeScreen.js
import { MaterialHeaderButtons } from './MyHeaderButtons';
import { Item } from 'react-navigation-header-buttons';

React.useLayoutEffect(() => {
    title: 'Demo',
    // use MaterialHeaderButtons with consistent styling across your app
    headerRight: () => (
          onPress={() => console.warn('add')}
        <Item title="edit" onPress={() => console.warn('edit')} />
}, [navigation]);


Colors for Android ripple effect, text and icons come from React Navigation's theme, so you do not need to work with colors, with the exception of OverflowIcon. You can always override colors of text&icons (using color prop) or of the ripple effect on Android (using pressColor prop) as documented.

Known issues

  • it appears that when screen title is long, it might interfere with buttons (does not happen when using native stack). This is more probably a react-navigation error, but needs investigation.
  • missing styling support for material dropdown menu
  • item margins need to be reviewed and polished; don't hesitate to contribute - this should help
  • RTL is not tested
  • web support is experimental
  • ripple may look different on the header buttons vs on the back button if your version of react navigation does not have this PR.

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