Version: 5.x

Navigation prop reference

Each screen component in your app is provided with the navigation prop automatically. The prop contains various convenience functions that dispatch navigation actions on the route's router. It looks like this:

  • navigation
    • navigate - go to another screen, figures out the action it needs to take to do it
    • reset - wipe the navigator state and replace it with a new routes
    • goBack - close active screen and move back in the stack
    • setParams - make changes to route's params
    • dispatch - send an action to router
    • setOptions - update the screen's options
    • isFocused - check whether the screen is focused
    • addListener - subscribe to updates to events from the navigators

It's important to highlight the navigation prop is not passed in to all components; only screen components receive this prop automatically! React Navigation doesn't do any magic here. For example, if you were to define a MyBackButton component and render it as a child of a screen component, you would not be able to access the navigation prop on it. If, however, you wish to access the navigation prop in any of your components, you may use the useNavigation hook.

Navigator-dependent functions

There are several additional functions present on navigation prop based on the kind of the current navigator.

If the navigator is a stack navigator, several alternatives to navigate and goBack are provided and you can use whichever you prefer. The functions are:

  • navigation
    • replace - replace the current route with a new one
    • push - push a new route onto the stack
    • pop - go back in the stack
    • popToTop - go to the top of the stack

If the navigator is a tab navigator, the following are also available:

  • navigation
    • jumpTo - go to a specific screen in the tab navigator

If the navigator is a drawer navigator, the following are also available:

  • navigation
    • jumpTo - go to a specific screen in the drawer navigator
    • openDrawer - open the drawer
    • closeDrawer - close the drawer
    • toggleDrawer - toggle the state, ie. switch from closed to open and vice versa

You can find more details about navigator dependent functions in the documentation for the navigator that you're using.

Common API reference

The vast majority of your interactions with the navigation prop will involve navigate, goBack, and setParams.


The navigate method lets us navigate to another screen in your app. It takes the following arguments:

navigation.navigate(name, params)

  • name - A destination name of the route that has been defined somewhere
  • params - Params to merge into the destination route
function HomeScreen({ navigation: { navigate } }) {
return (
<Text>This is the home screen of the app</Text>
onPress={() =>
navigate('Profile', { names: ['Brent', 'Satya', 'Michaś'] })
title="Go to Brent's profile"


The goBack method lets us go back to the previous screen in the navigator.

By default, goBack will go back from the screen that it is called from:

function ProfileScreen({ navigation: { goBack } }) {
return (
<Button onPress={() => goBack()} title="Go back from ProfileScreen" />

Going back from a specific screen

Consider the following navigation stack history:

navigation.navigate({ name: SCREEN, key: SCREEN_KEY_A });
navigation.navigate({ name: SCREEN, key: SCREEN_KEY_B });
navigation.navigate({ name: SCREEN, key: SCREEN_KEY_C });
navigation.navigate({ name: SCREEN, key: SCREEN_KEY_D });

Now you are on screen D and want to go back to screen A (popping D, C, and B). Then you can use navigate:

navigation.navigate({ key: SCREEN_KEY_A }); // will go to screen A FROM screen D

Alternatively, as screen A is the top of the stack, you can use navigation.popToTop().


The reset method lets us replace the navigator state with a new state:

index: 0,
routes: [{ name: 'Profile' }],

Note: Consider the navigator's state object to be internal and subject to change in a minor release. Avoid using properties from the navigation state object except index and routes, unless you really need it. If there is some functionality you cannot achieve without relying on the structure of the state object, please open an issue.


The setParams method lets us update the params (route.params) of the current screen. setParams works like React's setState - it merges the provided params object with the current params.

function ProfileScreen({ navigation: { setParams } }) {
render() {
return (
onPress={() =>
route.params.friends[0] === 'Brent'
? ['Wojciech', 'Szymon', 'Jakub']
: ['Brent', 'Satya', 'Michaś'],
route.params.title === "Brent's Profile"
? "Lucy's Profile"
: "Brent's Profile",
title="Swap title and friends"


The setOptions method lets us set screen options from within the component. This is useful if we need to use the component's props, state or context to configure our screen.

function ProfileScreen({ navigation, route }) {
const [value, onChangeText] = React.useState(route.params.title);
React.useLayoutEffect(() => {
title: value === '' ? 'No title' : value,
}, [navigation, value]);
return (
<View style={{ flex: 1, alignItems: 'center', justifyContent: 'center' }}>
style={{ height: 40, borderColor: 'gray', borderWidth: 1 }}
<Button title="Go back" onPress={() => navigation.goBack()} />

Any options specified here are shallow merged with the options specified when defining the screen.

Navigation events

Screens can add listeners on the navigation prop with the addListener method. For example, to listen to the focus event:

function Profile({ navigation }) {
React.useEffect(() => {
const unsubscribe = navigation.addListener('focus', () => {
// do something
return unsubscribe;
}, [navigation]);
return <ProfileContent />;

See Navigation events for more details on the available events and the API usage.


This method lets us check whether the screen is currently focused. Returns true if the screen is focused and false otherwise.

const isFocused = navigation.isFocused();

This method doesn't re-render the screen when the value changes and mainly useful in callbacks. You probably want to use useIsFocused instead of using this directly, it will return a boolean a prop to indicating if the screen is focused.

Advanced API Reference

The dispatch function is much less commonly used, but a good escape hatch if you can't do what you need with the available methods such as navigate, goBack etc. We recommend to avoid using the dispatch method often unless absolutely necessary.


The dispatch method lets us send a navigation action object to the router. All of the navigation functions like navigate use dispatch behind the scenes.

Note that if you want to dispatch actions you should use the action creators provided in this library instead of writing the action object directly.

See Navigation Actions Docs for a full list of available actions.

import { CommonActions } from '@react-navigation/native';
name: 'Profile',
params: {},

When dispatching action objects, you can also specify few additional properties:

  • source - The key of the route which should be considered as the source of the action. The key maybe used by the router to handle the action. For example, the replace action will replace the route with the given key. By default, it'll use the key of the route that dispatched the action. You can explicitly pass undefined to override this behavior.
  • target - The key of the navigation state the action should be applied on. By default, actions bubble to other navigators if not handled by a navigator. If target is specified, the action won't bubble if the navigator with the same key didn't handle it.


import { CommonActions } from '@react-navigation/native';
source: 'someRoutekey',
target: 'someStatekey',

It's also possible to pass a function to dispatch. The function will receive the current state and needs to return a navigation action object to use:

import { CommonActions } from '@react-navigation/native';
navigation.dispatch((state) => {
// Add the home route to the start of the stack
const routes = [{ name: 'Home' }, ...state.routes];
return CommonActions.reset({
index: routes.length - 1,

You can use this functionality to build your own helpers that you can utilize in your app. Here is an example which implements inserting a screen just before the last one:

import { CommonActions } from '@react-navigation/native';
const insertBeforeLast = (routeName, params) => (state) => {
const routes = [
...state.routes.slice(0, -1),
{ name: routeName, params },
state.routes[state.routes.length - 1],
return CommonActions.reset({
index: routes.length - 1,

Then use it like:



This method returns the navigation prop from the parent navigator that the current navigator is nested in. For example, if you have a stack navigator and a tab navigator nested inside the stack, then you can use dangerouslyGetParent inside a screen of the tab navigator to get the navigation prop passed from the stack navigator.

This method will return undefined if there is no parent navigator. Be sure to always check for undefined when using this method.


Note: Consider the navigator's state object to be internal and subject to change in a minor release. Avoid using properties from the navigation state object except index and routes, unless you really need it. If there is some functionality you cannot achieve without relying on the structure of the state object, please open an issue.

This method returns the state object of the navigator which contains the screen. Getting the navigator state could be useful in very rare situations. You most likely don't need to use this method. If you do, make sure you have a good reason.

If you need the state for rendering content, you should use useNavigationState instead of this method.