Capture text selection and customize the action menu with react native.







import { SelectableText } from "@astrocoders/react-native-selectable-text";

// Use normally, it is a drop-in replacement for react-native/Text
  menuItems={["Foo", "Bar"]}
    Called when the user taps in a item of the selection menu:
    - eventType: (string) is the label
    - content: (string) the selected text portion
    - selectionStart: (int) is the start position of the selected text
    - selectionEnd: (int) is the end position of the selected text
  onSelection={({ eventType, content, selectionStart, selectionEnd }) => {}}
  value="I crave star damage"

Getting started

$ npm install @astrocoders/react-native-selectable-text --save

Mostly automatic installation

$ react-native link @astrocoders/react-native-selectable-text

Manual installation

iOS - Binary Linking (Alternative 1)

  1. In XCode, in the project navigator, right click LibrariesAdd Files to [your project's name]
  2. Go to node_modules@astrocoders/react-native-selectable-text and add RNSelectableText.xcodeproj
  3. In XCode, in the project navigator, select your project. Add libRNSelectableText.a to your project's Build PhasesLink Binary With Libraries
  4. Run your project (Cmd+R)<

iOS - Pods (Alternative 2)

  1. Add pod 'RNSelectableText', :path => '../node_modules/@astrocoders/react-native-selectable-text/ios/RNSelectableText.podspec' to your projects podfile
  2. run pod install


  1. Open up android/app/src/main/java/[...]/
  • Add import com.astrocoders.selectabletext.RNSelectableTextPackage; to the imports at the top of the file
  • Add new RNSelectableTextPackage() to the list returned by the getPackages() method
  1. Append the following lines to android/settings.gradle:
    include ':react-native-selectable-text'
    project(':react-native-selectable-text').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, 	'../node_modules/@astrocoders/react-native-selectable-text/android')
  2. Insert the following lines inside the dependencies block in android/app/build.gradle:
      compile project(':react-native-selectable-text')


name description type default
value text content string ""
onSelection Called when the user taps in a item of the selection menu ({ eventType: string, content: string, selectionStart: int, selectionEnd: int }) => void () => {}
menuItems context menu items array(string) []
style additional styles to be applied to text Object null
highlights array of text ranges that should be highlighted with an optional id array({ id: string, start: int, end: int }) []
highlightColor highlight color string null
onHighlightPress called when the user taps the highlight (id: string) => void () => {}
appendToChildren element to be added in the last line of text ReactNode null
TextComponent Text component used to render value ReactNode
textValueProp text value prop for TextComponent. Should be used when passing TextComponent. Defaults to 'children' which works for string 'children'
textComponentProps additional props to pass to TextComponent object null