A React Native component that implements SectionList with inverted direction and working sticky header


import React, { FunctionComponent } from "react";
import {
} from "react-native";
import InvertedSectionList from "inverted-section-list";

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    marginHorizontal: 16,
  item: {
    backgroundColor: "#f9c2ff",
    padding: 20,
    marginVertical: 8,
  header: {
    fontSize: 32,
    backgroundColor: "#fff",
  title: {
    fontSize: 24,

const DATA = [
    title: "Main dishes",
    data: ["Pizza", "Burger", "Risotto", "a", "b", "c", "1", "2", "3"],
    title: "Sides",
    data: ["French Fries", "Onion Rings", "Fried Shrimps"],
    title: "Drinks",
    data: ["Water", "Coke", "Beer"],
    title: "Desserts",
    data: ["Cheese Cake", "Ice Cream"],

const Item = ({ title }: { title: string }) => (
  <View style={styles.item}>
    <Text style={styles.title}>{title}</Text>

const App: FunctionComponent = () => (
  <SafeAreaView style={styles.container}>
      keyExtractor={(item, index) => item + index}
      renderItem={({ item }) => <Item title={item} />}
      renderSectionFooter={({ section: { title } }) => (
        <Text style={styles.header}>{title}</Text>

export default App;

To run the demo:

cd example
yarn install --dev
yarn start



yarn add inverted-section-list


The sticky header of inverted SectionList component of React Native is not working as expected.
There was an issue #18945 open for years but no sign of the problem been fixed.
At Launch Platform, we are building a app product Monoline, and its message list needs to present in inverted direction
with working sticky header:

Monoline demo screencast

We have no choice but to find a way to fix this problem. Forking React Native is too much effort for us
to maintain. We have plan to open Pull Requests to upstream React Native repository, but we anticipate those
will take long time before they got reviewed and merged. To solve the problem before it's fixed in the upstream,
we build a standalone InvertedSectionList component.

We thought others in the community could benefit from this, so we open sourced it here.


There are different places where the logic needed to be changed in order for the inverted sticky header to work.
But those logic are deeply baked inside the build-in component's source code and there's no easy way to change them
from the outside. In order to make our InvertedSectionList component's sticky header to work, we copied the source
code from React Native 0.64 for following components:

Since we are using TypeScript here, so the original source code are converted into TypeScript.
There are following key changes were made from the original source code.


For the StickyHeaderComponent component, we don't just pass in nextHeaderLayoutY, since now the order is inverted, we need to
also pass in prevHeaderLayoutY for the next sticky header to calculate the correct position of begin and end.
Such as, the sticky header layout update callback needs to set prev header value here:

private _onStickyHeaderLayout(
  index: number,
  event: LayoutChangeEvent,
  key: string
) {
  /* ... */
  const nextHeaderIndex = stickyHeaderIndices[indexOfIndex + 1];
  if (nextHeaderIndex != null) {
    const nextHeader = this._stickyHeaderRefs.get(
      this._getKeyForIndex(nextHeaderIndex, childArray)
    nextHeader &&
      (nextHeader as any).setPrevHeaderY &&
      (nextHeader as any).setPrevHeaderY(layoutY + height);

And extra prevLayoutY props value needs to be calculated here:

const prevKey = this._getKeyForIndex(prevIndex, childArray);
const prevLayoutY = this._headerLayoutYs.get(prevKey);
const prevLayoutHeight = this._headerLayoutHeights.get(prevKey);
let prevHeaderLayoutY: number | undefined = undefined;
if (prevLayoutY != null && prevLayoutHeight != null) {
  prevHeaderLayoutY = prevLayoutY + prevLayoutHeight;

Then passed into the StickyHeaderComponent here


The StickyHeaderComponent source code is copied and renamed as StickyFooterComponent, because to make
sticky "header" works, we pass the header component as footer instead. New method setPrevHeaderY is
added here
to receivew the previous header's position from ScrollView.

The another major change here
is implementing the correct position calculation logic with the preview header y position provided from
our own ScrollView:

// The interpolate looks like this:
// ------
//       \
//        \            height = delta
//         \---------
//  prev^   ^current
//        ^ width = delta
// Basically, it starts from `prevStickEndPoint`, where the
// previous header stops scrolling. Then we starts the sticking by adding
// negative delta to the `translateY` to cancel the scrolling offset.
// Until the point, where we have scroll to where the current header's original
// position, at this point the `translateY` goes down to 0 so that it
// will scroll with the content
inputRange = [
  prevStickEndPoint - 1,
  stickStartPoint + 1,
outputRange = [-delta, -delta, 0, 0];


We copied and combined the
VirtualizedSectionList and
components into InvertedSectionList.

The major change here is
that we are passing the footer indices as stickyHeaderIndices instead to the VirtualizedList since we are using
footer instead of header:

// Notice: this is different from the original VirtualizedSectionList,
//         since we are actually using footer as the header here, so need to + 1
//         for the header
  itemCount + listHeaderOffset + sectionItemCount + 1