React Native Package Manager
React Native Package Manager built to ease your daily React Native development. Inspired by
react-native link it acts as your best friend and guides you through the native unknowns. It aims to work with almost all packages available with no extra configuration required.
RNPM should always be run in projects that use version control to ensure any changes made can be easily reverted
$ npm install rnpm -g
If you want to install a dependency and link it in one run:
$ rnpm install <name>
If you already have some installed (but not linked) modules, run:
$ rnpm link
In the case you want to link only one dependency, you can specify its name as an argument:
$ rnpm link <name>
Why? Tooling is important. We all know this. One of the biggest advantages of native iOS development is Xcode and its great tools. Unfortunately, the process of adding native dependencies to React Native projects is far from perfect and our aim is to make it fun again.
React Native Package Manager provides you with (soon) multiple actions to help you with daily development, including automatic app store releases, over-the-air integration with AppHub and react-native-playground shares.
But hey, we are tired of tools and 9000+ .rc files
So are we. That's why we have spent great amount of work on getting configuration done right. Our packager automatically scans your source directory and dependencies you are working with. This approach allows it to link all the things without supplying any extra configuration. It detects Android package names, import paths, gradle location - and for iOS - it works with any code structure you have ever came up with.
And don't worry - in case it fails, you can always add
rnpm object to your
package.json - our
npm in a name is not a mistake! We embrace existing ecosystem and integrate with the present tooling for maximum developer experience.
Automatically updates your project by linking all dependencies for Android (if present) and for iOS (if present). It's a great fit to your
postinstall hook to always make sure you are linked. You can supply optional [name] argument to link only one dependency, e.g.
$ npm install react-native-module --save$ rnpm link react-native-module
Automatically installs the given package and links it to your project. It's equivalent to running the previous example. It's just instead of running two commands, you can now just:
$ rnpm install react-native-module
If you're authoring an awesome react-native library with custom assets, you probably need an additional step after linking - copying assets to the application folder. Well, that's not complicated: just add
rnpm section in your
We'll copy your assets carefully with love for Android ❤️ For iOS, we will add files to
Resources group and update Info.plist so fonts are available for you to use straight away!
As of version 1.1.0, rnpm supports plugin system. It allows you to write your own / use third-party commands to make your
rnpm sharpened for specific purposes.
In order to install 3rd party plugin simply run below from your project directory:
$ npm install rnpm-plugin-<name> --save-dev$ rnpm --help # you'll see installed plugin in the commands list
Command exported by installed plugin will be available straight away.
We use public interface to make your plugins auto-pluggable and easy to use for end-users. Every public interface consists of
name - Name of the plugin. After plugin installation it'll be used as a command name. For instance plugin with following interface:
moduleexports =func: require'./src/link'description: 'This action updates your project and links all native dependencies'name: 'link [packageName]';
can be used like via rnpm like this:
$ rnpm link
func - Plugin itself. This function will be used when you run a command above
description - Command description. If user runs
$ rnpm --help, this field will be displayed as a command description.
Also, in the case you want to expose multiple commands from the one plugin, you may use an array syntax:
moduleexports =func: require'./src/link'description: 'This action updates your project and links all native dependencies'name: 'link [packageName]'func: require'./src/unlink'description: 'This action updates your project and unlink specific dependency'name: 'unlink <packageName>'
All existing plugins follows a naming convention:
rnpm-plugin-<plugin name> (e.g.
rnpm-plugin-link). To include plugin to your rnpm build, just install it as a npm package, it'll be included to your rnpm tool automatically (wow, magic!). Let's consider following example: we have a
rnpm-plugin-something plugin which we doesn't provide you automatically with
rnpm tool. To install it manually, you need to run
npm install rnpm-plugin-something --save-dev inside your project folder. Then, you can run it by
rnpm something or check if command has been successfully installed by running
rnpm --help - you should see a new plugin in the list of commands.
For further reading you can check our example plugin
In the case you need an additional input from the user, you may make a
command for this purpose. Commands works similar to the npm scripts.
In this scenario we're using custom
postlink hooks for
rnpm-plugin-link to tell
rnpm that we want to run
prelink script before and
postlink after the linking process.
commands may be async and require some user input using third-party libraries (inquirer for instance). You don't need to worry about async queues, we do it for you under the rnpm hood.
While making your own plugins for
rnpm you may use any names for the commands, but we strongly recommend you to use a convention we suggest to avoid collisions:
On Android - you can specify a custom
packageInstance to be used when linking your project. The reason for that is often that your package constructor simply requires extra user provided config (e.g. API token).
rnpm allows you to define an array of additional arguments to get from user during linking process that you can then, reference in your
Simply include the following in your package.json:
and update your
packageInstance with the new variable:
Starting from now on - users will be presented an interactive form powered by
inquirer each time they run
Note: We pass
params array directly to inquirer which means you can also let users choose an answer from a list as well as provide a default value! See API docs for more details.
The documentation is still in progress, but if you are interested in the concept and good practices, see sample implementation here
We're open for community ideas!
If you know how to improve
rnpm - please, let us know!
react-native link is great, but it only works for Android now. It also does not automatically add packages to your project nor support custom folder configuration. We aim to solve these issues by analyzing folders and getting maximum informations available from them. When running
rnpm link you don't have to think about the package exported by developer or the import path to include in your Java project.
Yes, in fact - it has nothing to do with it. What it does is just linking static libraries automatically to your xcodeproj in the normal way you have been doing that. There are no more other changes.
Sure you can! Try doing something like this in your package.json:
Make sure you have run
npm install <name> --save first
To be as fast as possible,
rnpm link gets list of modules to link from package.json's
dependencies. If you have them in
devDependencies, they are going to be skipped.
Special thanks to coreh for giving us the
rnpm name in the registry.
This project follows semver. There are several 0.x versions published to npm registry you should not install as they belong to the previous project that was using that name 2 years ago.
We welcome all contributors, simply make an issue or send over a pull request. We really appreciate your help - let's build this tool together!
Special thanks to Sonny Lazuardi for the awesome rnpm logo!
This tool development and maintenance is sponsored by below companies:
The MIT License (MIT)
Copyright (c) 2015 Mike Grabowski, 2015 Alexey Kureev
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