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Create, Export, and Import Components in React Native (vs JAVA)

Nov 1, 20172 min read
by Murtuza Kutub
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What is a Component?

The Components are the building blocks in React Native which is similar to the container where all UI elements do accumulate and help to render details in the foreground as a native UI on either Android or iOS devices.

How to create a Component?

I assume that React Native is installed on your machine, If not no worries, Please refer my previous blog post on Environment setup.

import React from 'react';
import { Text, AppRegistry } from 'react-native';

const App = () => (
    <Text>Hello Component!</Text>

AppRegistry.registerComponent('ComponentDemo', () => App);

Copy-paste the above code snippets into index.js. You’re right to go. Yet confused? Chill! Let’s break the code into pieces in a better way.

       React Native                           JAVA

import React from 'react';             import java.util.*;
import { Text, AppRegistry } 
    from 'react-native';               import java.text.*;
const App = () => (                    public class App {
);                                     }
AppRegistry.registerComponent          package com.componentdemo
('ComponentDemo', () => App);

const — This is similar to a class in JAVA, which lets you declare a component block in React Native.

AppRegistry — is the kick starter helps to build React Native apps where all parent or root component should be registered using ‘registerComponent’ function.

Text — This is similar to TextView in Android and Label in iOS.

How to export a Component ?

It’s simple. Create ‘src/components/YOUR_FILE_NAME.js’ inside your project root folder.

Component demo

Create a component ‘Title’ and export it as a reusable component.

For Example:

export default Title; //Provides export access for the component

Code Implementation:

import React from 'react';
import { Text } from 'react-native';

const Title = () => (
  <Text>Hello Title</Text>
export default Title;

How to import a Component from different .js file?

Add the following import statement in the destination Component .js file.

import Title from './src/components/importcomponentdemo';

Complete code:

import React from 'react';
import { AppRegistry } from 'react-native';
import App from './src/components/importcomponentdemo';
  const App = () => (
      <Title />
AppRegistry.registerComponent('ComponentDemo', () => App);


Hello Title

Yes! You’re done. Now it’s possible to access <Title> property from the base file.

Author Detail

Author-Murtuza Kutub
Murtuza Kutub

A product development and growth expert, helping founders and startups build and grow their products at lightning speed with a track record of success. Apart from work, I love to network & Travel.


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