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Send and Receive events between React Native and native.

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Send and Receive events between React Native and native.


This project is currently in beta.

Core APIs are subject to change. We encourage people to try this library out and provide us feedback as we get it to a stable state.

Getting started

$ npm install react-native-event-bridge --save

Mostly automatic installation

$ react-native link react-native-event-bridge

Manual installation


  1. In Xcode, in the project navigator, right click
    Add Files to [your project's name]
  2. Go to
    and add
  3. In Xcode, in the project navigator, select your project. Add
    to your project's
    Build Phases
    Link Binary With Libraries
  4. Run your project (

iOS using CocoaPods

You can use CocoaPods to manage your native (Swift and Objective-C) dependencies:

  1. Add MSREventBridge to your Podfile
pod 'MSREventBridge', :path =\> '../node\_modules/react-native-event-bridge'


  1. Open up

    • Add
      import net.mischneider.MSREventBridgePackage;
      to the imports at the top of the file
    • Add
      new MSREventBridgePackage()
      to the list returned by the
  2. Append the following lines to



    include ':react-native-event-bridge' project(':react-native-event-bridge').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, '../node\_modules/react-native-event-bridge/android')
  3. Insert the following lines inside the dependencies block in



    compile project(':react-native-event-bridge')


For different usage examples look into the example and example-swift folder.

Emit events from React Native


import EventBridge from 'react-native-event-bridge'; // Emit an event from within a React component EventBridge.emitEvent(this, 'PresentScreen'); // Emit an event with callback from within a React component EventBridge.emitEventCallback(this, 'EventWithCallback', () =\> { Alert.alert("Callback Response", "Some Callback Response"); });

Handle events from native


#import "MSREventBridge.h" // Receiver needs to conform to the MSREventBridgeEventReceiver protocol @interface ViewController () <msreventbridgeeventreceiver>
// ...

// Implement the following two methods by receiver that conforms to MSREventBridgeEventReceiver

// Handle events
- (void)onEventWithName:(NSString *)eventName info:(nullable NSDictionary *)info
  // Handle events dispatched from React Native
  RCTLog(@"%@ - Received event: '%@', with info: %@", self.UUID.UUIDString, eventName, info);

  // Example for PresentScreen event
  if ([eventName isEqualToString:PresentScreenEvent] ) {
    ViewController *newViewController = [ViewController new];
    [self presentViewController:newViewController animated:YES completion:nil];
  // ...

// Handle events with callback
- (void)onEventWithName:(NSString *)eventName info:(nullable NSDictionary *)info callback:(MSREventBridgeReventReceiverCallback)callback;
  // ...


import net.mischneider.MSREventBridgeEventReceiver; import net.mischneider.MSREventBridgeReceiverCallback; // Receiver needs to implement MSREventBridgeEventReceiver e.g. public class MainActivity extends ReactActivity implements MSREventBridgeEventReceiver { // ... // Implement the following two methods by receiver that conforms to MSREventBridgeEventReceiver // Handle events @Override public void onEvent(final String name, final ReadableMap info) { Log.d(ReactConstants.TAG, this.getClass().getName() + ": Received event: ".concat(name)); // Example to just present a new activity if (name.equals(PresentScreenEventName)) { Intent myIntent = new Intent(getBaseContext(), SecondActivity.class); startActivity(myIntent); return; } // ... } // Handle events with callback @Override public void onEventCallback(final String name, final ReadableMap info, final MSREventBridgeReceiverCallback callback) { // Handle event with callback // ... } // ... }

Subscribe to events in React Native


// Import PropTypes for contextTypes import PropTypes from 'prop-types'; // Import EventBridge from the react-native-event-bridge native module import EventBridge from 'react-native-event-bridge'; // Event listener need to define a rootTag contextType. static contextTypes = { rootTag: PropTypes.number, }; // Add and remove as event listener componentDidMount() { // Register for any kind of event that will be sent from the native side this.\_eventSubscription = EventBridge.addEventListener(this, (name, info) =\> { console.log("Received event from native: '" + name + "' with info: " + JSON.stringify(info)); }); } componentWillUnmount() { this.\_eventSubscription && this.\_eventSubscription.remove(); }

Sending events from native


//... // Get the RCTBridge RCTBridge \*bridge = ...; // Send an event with name 'eventName' to listeners for this event within the React Native component hierarchy // of that is managed by this view [bridge.viewControllerEventEmitter emitEventForView:self.view name:@"eventName" info:@{ @"rowSelected" : info[@"rowID"] }]; /...


// Get the MSREventBridgeInstanceManagerProvider somehow MSREventBridgeInstanceManagerProvider instanceManagerProvider = (MSREventBridgeInstanceManagerProvider)this.getApplicationContext(); // Emit event via MSREventBridgeModule String rowID = ...; WritableMap map = new WritableNativeMap(); map.putString("rowSelected", rowID); MSREventBridgeModule.emitEventForActivity(this, instanceManagerProvider, "eventName", map);

Example fetching data


// Fetch some data this.setState({ isLoading: true }) // Load some data and update the data source EventBridge.emitEventInfoCallback(this, 'LoadData', {'count' : 10}, (error, result) =\> { this.setState({ isLoading: false, dataSource: this.state.dataSource.cloneWithRows(result), }); });


- (void)onEventWithName:(NSString \*)eventName info:(nullable NSDictionary \*)info callback:(MSREventBridgeReventReceiverCallback)callback { RCTLog(@"%@ - Received event that expects callback: '%@', with info: %@", self.UUID.UUIDString, eventName, info); // Example for LoadData event if ([eventName isEqualToString:LoadDataEvent]) { // Get the count parameter from the LoadDataEvent NSNumber \*count = info[LoadDataEventCountParameterKey]; // Simulate some data fetching dispatch\_after(dispatch\_time(DISPATCH\_TIME\_NOW, (int64\_t)(1.0 \* NSEC\_PER\_SEC)), dispatch\_get\_main\_queue(), ^{ NSMutableArray \*responseData = [NSMutableArray array]; for (int i = 0; i \< count.integerValue; i++) { [responseData addObject:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"row %i", i]]; } // Call callback with some error as first parameter if so and second with response data if (callback) { callback(nil, responseData); } }); return; } // ... }


@Override public void onEventCallback(final String name, final ReadableMap info, final MSREventBridgeReceiverCallback callback) { Log.d(ReactConstants.TAG, this.getClass().getName() + ": Received event with callback: ".concat(name)); final String activityClassName = this.getClass().getSimpleName(); // Example how to load some async data if (name.equals(LoadDataEventName)) { final int count = info.getInt("count"); // Simulate some data loading delay final Handler handler = new Handler(); handler.postDelayed(new Runnable() { @Override public void run() { WritableArray array = new WritableNativeArray(); for (int i = 0; i \< count; i++) { array.pushString("Row " + i + " - " + activityClassName); } callback.onSuccess(array); } }, 2000); return; } //... }

Development / Example

  1. In one terminal session, run
    $ cd example && npm run-script sync-rneb
    . This will make changes that you make to the module available to the example app, in a way that will trigger the Example app’s ‘packager’ to reload those files.
  2. In another terminal session, run
    $ cd example && react-native run-ios
    . This will start the ‘packager’ for the example app, which serves the processed JS source to the Example app.


  • API refinements
  • Improve general documentation
  • Improve documentation around "enhanced" features


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