Version: 1.x

Glossary of terms

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Also known as navigation header, navigation bar, navbar, and probably many other things. This is the rectangle at the top of your screen that contains the back button and the title for your screen. The entire rectangle is often referred to as the header in React Navigation.

Screen component

A screen component is a component that we use in our route configuration.

const RootStack = StackNavigator(
Home: {
screen: HomeScreen, // <----
Details: {
screen: DetailsScreen, // <----
initialRouteName: 'Home',

The suffix Screen in the component name is entirely optional, but a frequently used convention; we could call it CasaPantalla and this would work just the same.

We saw earlier that our screen components are provided with the navigator prop. It's important to note that this only happens if the screen is rendered as a route by React Navigation (for example, in response to this.props.navigation.navigate). For example, if we render DetailsScreen as a child of HomeScreen, then DetailsScreen won't be provided with the navigation prop, and when you press the "Go to Details... again" button on the Home screen, the app will throw one of the quintessential JavaScript exceptions "undefined is not an object".

class HomeScreen extends React.Component {
render() {
return (
<View style={{ flex: 1, alignItems: 'center', justifyContent: 'center' }}>
<Text>Home Screen</Text>
title="Go to Details"
onPress={() => this.props.navigation.navigate('Details')}
<DetailsScreen />
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The "Navigation prop reference" section goes into more detail on this, describes workarounds, and provides more information on other properties available on this.props.navigation.