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Let's see how to take a photo and how to get the image from the Camera-roll via react-native-image-picker.


In React Native, you can implement taking a photo feature and accessing the image on the Camera-roll like below.

react-native-image-picker on iOSreact-native-image-picker on Android

[Image: react-native-image-picker official site]

To implement it, I will show you how to use react-native-image-picker library.

You can see the example source code on Github.

This example source code includes the below.

Install react-native-image-picker

Execute the command below to install react-native-image-picker.

npm install --save react-native-image-picker

To use react-native-image-picker on iOS, execute the command below.

cd ios
pod install
cd ..


Next, you need to set the permissions to use react-native-image-picker for the image features.

iOS permissions

To use react-native-image-picker on iOS, open ios/[project name]/Info.plist and modify it like below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
  <string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) would like access to your photo gallery</string>
  <string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) would like to use your camera</string>
  <string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) would like to save photos to your photo gallery</string>
  <string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) would like to use your microphone (for videos)</string>

Android permissions

To use react-native-image-picker on Android, open android/app/main/AndroidManifest.xml file and modify it like below.

<manifest xmlns:android=""
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>

How to use

First, import the library like below to use react-native-image-picker.

import ImagePicker from 'react-native-image-picker';

And then, you can use it like below.

  • Show Camera, Camera-roll, and Custom buttons.

    const options = {
      title: 'Load Photo',
      customButtons: [
        { name: 'button_id_1', title: 'CustomButton 1' },
        { name: 'button_id_2', title: 'CustomButton 2' }
      storageOptions: {
        skipBackup: true,
        path: 'images',
    ImagePicker.showImagePicker(options, (response) => {
      console.log('Response = ', response);
      if (response.didCancel) {
        console.log('User cancelled image picker');
      } else if (response.error) {
        console.log('ImagePicker Error: ', response.error);
      } else if (response.customButton) {
        console.log('User tapped custom button: ', response.customButton);
      } else {
        // You can also display the image using data:
        // const source = { uri: 'data:image/jpeg;base64,' + };
  • Open Camera feature

    const options = {
      storageOptions: {
        skipBackup: true,
        path: 'images',
    ImagePicker.launchCamera(options, (response) => {
      if (response.error) {
        console.log('LaunchCamera Error: ', response.error);
      else {
  • Open Camera-roll

    const options = {
      storageOptions: {
        skipBackup: true,
        path: 'images',
    ImagePicker.launchImageLibrary(options, (response) => {
      if (response.error) {
        console.log('LaunchImageLibrary Error: ', response.error);
      else {


You can use the options below on react-native-image-picker.

titleXstringTitle on the top of ImagePicker
cancelButtonTitleXstringCancel button title on ImagePicker
takePhotoButtonTitleXstringPhoto button title on ImagePicker
chooseFromLibraryButtonTitleXstring-Camera-roll button title on ImagePicker
chooseWhichLibraryTitleXstringSelection dialog title that is shown up If various camera applications is installed on Android.
customButtonsX[{name?: string; title?: string;}]Custom buttons except Camera button and Camera-roll button.
cameraTypeX‘front’, ‘back’-which do you use the front camera or the back camera?
mediaTypeX‘photo’, ‘video’, ‘mixed’Show images only or videos only or both.
maxWidthXnumberMaximum width (Photo only)
maxHeightXnumberMaximum height (Photo only)
qualityXnumberImage quality (0 to 1, photos only)
videoQualityX‘low’, ‘medium’, ‘high’Video quaity (iOS: low, medium, high / Android: low, high)
durationLimitXnumberMaximum video record time. (second)
rotationXnumber-Image rotation angle (Photo only, 0 to 360)
allowsEditingXboolean-Allow resizing the image.
noDataXbooleanGet base64 data when the image is selected. If true is set for big size images, performance is improved.
tintColorXnumber, string-ImagePicker button text color.
storageOptions.skipBackupXboolean-If true is set, skip to backup to iCloud.
storageOptions.pathXstringImage path configuration. (iOS: Documents/[path]/, Android: Pictures/[path]/)
storageOptions.waitUntilSavedXboolean-If true is set, waiting until saving the image/video is saved on Camera-roll.
storageOptions.privateDirectoryXboolean-If true is set, the image/video is saved on Android/data/your_package/files/Pictures.
permissionDenied.titleXstring-Permission dialog title. (default: Permission denied)
permissionDenied.textXstring-Permission dialog message. (default: To be able to take pictures with your camera and choose images from your library.)
permissionDenied.reTryTitleXstring-Re-try button title (default: re-try)
permissionDenied.okTitleXstring-OK buton title (default: I’m sure)

Response result

customButtonstringIf the user presses the custom button, the custom button name is passed.
didCancelbooleanWhether the Cancel button is selected in the ImagePicker
errorstringIf the error is occurred, the error message is passed.
datastringImage Base64 string (Photo only)
uristringImage/video local file URI
origURLXstring-image/video URL on Camera-roll
isVerticalbooleanWhether the image/video is Vertical.
widthnumberImage width (Photo only)
heightnumberImage height (Photo only)
fileSizenumberFile size (Photo only)
typeXstringFile type (Photo only)
fileNameXstringFile name (iOS: Photo, Video / Android: Photo)
pathXstring-File path
latitudeXnumberImage/video latitude (If the info exists)
longitudeXnumberImage/video longitude (If the info exists)
timestampXstringImage/video Metadata Timestamp (ISO8601 UTC format)


If you use iOS simulator or Android emulator, you can not use taking a photo feature. If you want to use this feature, you should use the device.

react-native-image-picker example


I’ve created react-native-image-picker example. see the link to check it out.


We’ve seen how to use react-native-image-picker. I hope this blog post helps someone to implement Photo/Camera-roll feature on React Native.

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