React Native: Native File Selector

This library is a ReactNative Bridge around native libraries. It allows you to natively select/pick file from device file system:


Note: It allows you to pick file without using Intent/Third Party Software


Note: It allows you to select only local files associate to app sandbox.

? Getting started

$ npm install react-native-file-selector --save

$ react-native link react-native-file-selector


  • Add below snippet in your app build.gradle file
repositories {
    maven {
        url  ""
    maven { url "" }

allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven { url "" }

Note: This library is supported Android 27 > above

  • Add below color attributes in your app res/color.xml. You can provide your own color codes
    <color name="colorPrimary">#3F51B5</color>
    <color name="colorPrimaryDark">#303F9F</color>
    <color name="colorAccent">#FF4081</color>


  • After react-native link react-native-file-selector, please verify node_modules/react-native-file-selector/ios/ contains Pods folder. If does not exist please execute pod install command on node_modules/react-native-file-selector/ios/, if any error => try pod repo update then pod install

  • After verification, open your project and create a folder 'RNFileSelector' under Libraries.

  • Drag node_modules/react-native-file-selector/ios/pods/Pods.xcodeproject into RNFileSelector, as well as the RNFileSelector.xcodeproject if it does not exist.

  • Add the FileBrowser.framework into your project's Embedded Binaries and make sure the framework is also in linked libraries.

  • Go to your project's Build Settings -> Frameworks Search Path and add ${BUILT_PRODUCTS_DIR}/FileBrowser non-recursive.

  • Add below snippet in your app AppDelegate.m. This basically adds navigation controller in order to push list of files screen

  UINavigationController *navigationController = [[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController:rootViewController];
  navigationController.navigationBar.hidden = YES;

  self.window.rootViewController = navigationController;

//  self.window.rootViewController = rootViewController;

  • Now build your iOS app through Xcode

? Usage

import RNFileSelector from 'react-native-file-selector';

  • API Way
        title: 'Select File',
        onDone: (path) => {
            console.log('file selected: ' + path)
        onCancel: () => {
  • React Way
<RNFileSelector title={"Select File"} visible={this.state.visible} onDone={() => {
    console.log("file selected: " + path);
}} onCancel={() => {

? Props

Prop Type Default Note
title string Title on the toolbar
closeMenu string true Color of tint
hiddenFiles: Android bool false If true it shows hidden files as well
path string Path of directory
filter string Filter to sort the files
filterDirectories: Android bool Filter should be applied on directories or not
onDone func Function called when file is selected
onCancel func Function called when file selector is closed without selecting any file
visible bool false To invoke file selector


  • Filter
    • Android: Please find regex/Pattern for defining filter
    • iOS: Array of file extension needs to be ignore