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Version: 4.x


A simple tab bar on the bottom of the screen that lets you switch between different routes. Routes are lazily initialized -- their screen components are not mounted until they are first focused.

To use this navigator, ensure that you have react-navigation and its dependencies installed, then install react-navigation-tabs.

npm install react-navigation-tabs


import { createBottomTabNavigator } from 'react-navigation-tabs';

createBottomTabNavigator(RouteConfigs, TabNavigatorConfig);

For a complete usage guide please visit Tab Navigation


The route configs object is a mapping from route name to a route config, which tells the navigator what to present for that route, see example from stack navigator.


  • initialRouteName - The routeName for the initial tab route when first loading.
  • navigationOptions - Navigation options for the navigator itself, to configure a parent navigator
  • defaultNavigationOptions - Default navigation options to use for screens
  • resetOnBlur - Reset the state of any nested navigators when switching away from a screen. Defaults to false.
  • order - Array of routeNames which defines the order of the tabs.
  • paths - Provide a mapping of routeName to path config, which overrides the paths set in the routeConfigs.
  • backBehavior - initialRoute to return to initial tab, order to return to previous tab, history to return to last visited tab, or none.
  • detachInactiveScreens - Boolean used to indicate whether inactive screens should be detached from the view hierarchy to save memory. Make sure to call enableScreens from react-native-screens to make it work. Defaults to true.
  • lazy - Defaults to true. If false, all tabs are rendered immediately. When true, tabs are rendered only when they are made active for the first time. Note: tabs are not re-rendered upon subsequent visits.
  • tabBarComponent - Optional, override component to use as the tab bar.
  • tabBarOptions - An object with the following properties:
    • activeTintColor - Label and icon color of the active tab.
    • activeBackgroundColor - Background color of the active tab.
    • inactiveTintColor - Label and icon color of the inactive tab.
    • inactiveBackgroundColor - Background color of the inactive tab.
    • showLabel - Whether to show label for tab, default is true.
    • showIcon - Whether to show icon for tab, default is true.
    • style - Style object for the tab bar.
    • labelStyle - Style object for the tab label.
    • labelPosition - Where to show the tab label in relation to the tab icon. Available values are beside-icon and below-icon. Defaults to below-icon on mobile and beside-icon on tablets.
    • tabStyle - Style object for the tab.
    • allowFontScaling - Whether label font should scale to respect Text Size accessibility settings, default is true.
    • adaptive - Should the tab icons and labels alignment change based on screen size? Defaults to true for iOS 11. If false, tab icons and labels align vertically all the time. When true, tab icons and labels align horizontally on tablet.
    • safeAreaInset - Override the forceInset prop for <SafeAreaView>. Defaults to { bottom: 'always', top: 'never' }. Available keys are top | bottom | left | right provided with the values 'always' | 'never'.
    • keyboardHidesTabBar - Defaults to true. Hide the tab bar when keyboard opens. Set to false to disable this behavior.


tabBarOptions: {
activeTintColor: '#e91e63',
labelStyle: {
fontSize: 12,
style: {
backgroundColor: 'blue',

If you want to customize the tabBarComponent:

import { createBottomTabNavigator, BottomTabBar } from 'react-navigation-tabs';

const TabBarComponent = (props) => <BottomTabBar {...props} />;

const TabScreens = createBottomTabNavigator(
// other screens
tabBarComponent: (props) => (
<TabBarComponent {...props} style={{ borderTopColor: '#605F60' }} />


Generic title that can be used as a fallback for headerTitle and tabBarLabel.


true or false to show or hide the tab bar, if not set then defaults to true.


Function that given { focused: boolean, horizontal: boolean, tintColor: string } returns a React.Node, to display in the tab bar. horizontal is true when the device is in landscape and false when portrait. The icon is re-rendered whenever the device orientation changes.


Title string of a tab displayed in the tab bar or a function that given { focused: boolean, tintColor: string } returns a React.Node, to display in tab bar. When undefined, scene title is used. To hide, see tabBarOptions.showLabel in the previous section.


React Component that wraps the icon and label and implements onPress. The default is a wrapper around TouchableWithoutFeedback that makes it behave the same as other touchables. tabBarButtonComponent: TouchableOpacity would use TouchableOpacity instead.


Accessibility label for the tab button. This is read by the screen reader when the user taps the tab. It's recommended to set this if you don't have a label for the tab.


ID to locate this tab button in tests.


Callback to handle press events; the argument is an object containing:

  • navigation: navigation prop for the screen
  • defaultHandler: the default handler for tab press

Useful for adding a custom logic before the transition to the next scene (the tapped one) starts. When setting tabBarOnPress the defaultHandler needs to be called in order to execute the default action (i.e. switch tab).


Callback to handle long press events; the argument is an object containing:

  • navigation: navigation prop for the screen
  • defaultHandler: the default handler for tab press