What is React Native? Features, Merits & Demerits

What is React Native? Features, Merits & Demerits


React Native program is a JavaScript framework. It is useful for developing mobile apps for ios and android. React native is a free and open-source mobile framework.

The initial release date of the React native program is 26 March 2011. It was developed by Facebook. React native uses JavaScript as their native programming language. Using JavaScript web developers also can be mobile developers. React is write once run anywhere. It is platform independent. You can develop native application for any platform. React is totally free and open source. It has been broadly used by developers and organizations. This framework has a big library and community. It has the ability of producing great user interface.

To get familiar with react you must have strong JavaScript knowledge. Right now most of the people are driving towards react native. Why use two programs while you can code in single program for multi-platform. React lets you to create exciting apps using native JavaScript only. It has a big library on github. Github lets you to access the react libraries. You can get involved with the developers in github. Also the documentation for react native is well managed. It is easy to learn and implement. You can view the official page of react native for installations and many more.

React Native

Features of react-native

  • Open source and cross platform support.
  • Fast development.
  • Third-party libraries support.
  • Large community.
  • Focuses user interface design.
  • Live reload.

Writing hello world in using react.

import React from 'react';
import { Text, View } from 'react-native';
const HelloWorldApp = () => {
  return (
        flex: 1,
        justifyContent: "center",
        alignItems: "center"
      <Text>Hello, world!</Text>
export default HelloWorldApp;

Merits and Demerits


  • Full support and security.
  • High performance.
  • Large communities.
  • Free, open source and cross-platforms support.
  • Easy to market.  
  • Feels native and fast development.


  • It’s existence is uncertain.
  • It is improving with time.
  • Lack of custom modules.
  • Lags on SDK updates.
  • Requires native developers.
  • Facebook rules.

Top mobile applications using React Native framework.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Airbnb
  • Skype
  • Facebook Ads
  • Walmart
  • SoundCloud Pulse
  • Tesla
  • Uber

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